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Microbiology Career Options

  • Amplify your career in a variety of industries, including pharmaceutical companies, government agencies and agriculture, with a Master of Science in Microbiology & Cell Science with a concentration in Medical Microbiology and Biochemistry. You can also use this degree to prepare for medical, dental or veterinary school.

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    Microbiology-related careers like biochemists, biophysicists, medical doctors, bioinformatic scientists, physicians and surgeons all require an advanced degree. Each of these occupations enjoys a higher median salary and occupation growth rate compared to the average profession in the United States.

    • Biochemists and Biophysicists – Combine your passion for chemistry and biology and examine the chemical and physical principles of living creatures. For these occupations, the 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data estimates:
      • A median salary of $91,190 and an 11% increase in employment
    • Medical Scientists – Make a difference and improve human health by conducting research through clinical trials and other investigative methods. The latest BLS data projects:
      • A median salary of $82,900 and a 13% increase in employment
    • Bioinformatics Scientists – Leverage your expertise in computers and develop software to analyze biological data. The O*Net (Occupational Information Network) indicates:
      • A median salary of $76,690 and a 9% increase in employment
    • Physicians and Surgeons – Our master’s degree program is designed to provide you with an overall understanding of microbiology, and with the concentration in medical microbiology, you’ll gain additional knowledge about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. At the same time, you’ll be learning about clinical applications for health improvement: knowledge that is essential in medical school. According to the most recent BLS data, physicians and surgeons can expect:
      • A median salary of $208,000 and a 13% increase in employment

    How UF Prepares You

    Enrich your knowledge and advance your career goals with some of our required courses, including:

    • BCH 5413 – Eukaryotic Molecular Biology and Genetics: Understand modern molecular, biochemical and genetic approaches to solving programs of current interest in molecular biology.
    • MCB 5505 – Virology: Establish an understanding of medical, clinical, diagnostic, biotechnological and molecular aspects of viruses from humans, plants, animals and bacteria.
    • GMS 5905 – Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Survey the structure, function and metabolism of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids.
    • BCH 6459 – Fundamentals in Bioinformatics: Learn basic bioinformatics tools used for life-science research. You will analyze gene and protein sequences as pertinent data examples.
    • MCB 6940 – Careers Seminar: Explore a variety of career opportunities in academic, industry and alternative professions that will improve your career-making decisions.

    Additionally, our program offers a variety of electives that are tailored to more specialized topics, including biotechnology, prokaryotic diversity and immunology.

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