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  • Opportunities continue to emerge for professionals in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. STEM-related occupations are projected to grow by 8.9% from 2014 to 2024, compared to a 6.4% growth for non-STEM professions.1 This degree also prepares students for medical, dental or veterinary school.

    You can explore job options by visiting the American Society for Microbiology’s career website. There are many potential careers available in various sectors for students who have master’s degrees in microbiology and cell science, including:


    • Local and state government
    • Public health
    • Grant management
    • Law enforcement
    • All branches of the military
    • Waste and wastewater management
    • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    • U.S. Department of Agriculture
    • National Institutes of Health
    • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    • Environmental Protection Agency


    • Industrial microbiology (production of antibiotics and microbial products)
    • Vaccines
    • Cosmetics and toiletries
    • Food and beverage production
    • Biotechnology
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Oil industry and mining
    • Sales or technical representatives
    • Breweries
    • Dairies


    • Professional schools (i.e., dental, medical, and vet schools)
    • Colleges and universities
    • Institutes and non-profit research centers


    • Law firms
    • Technology transfers
    • Intellectual property
    • Teaching
    • Primary and secondary schools
    • Technical and specialty schools


    • Medical technology
    • Diagnostic laboratories


    • Journal editors
    • Journalism


    • Management
    • Quality control
    • Research
    • Product development

    1 Economics & Statistics Administration “STEM Jobs: 2017 Update” United States Department of Commerce, March 2017. Available at

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