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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 8.8% from 2018 to 2028, compared to a 5% growth rate for non-STEM professions.1 Our microbiology master’s degree and environmental microbiology graduate certificate help prepare students for a variety of microbiology-related professions in STEM fields and help lay the groundwork for success in medical, dental or veterinary school.

    You can explore job options by visiting the American Society for Microbiology’s career website. There are many positions available in a variety of sectors for students with a graduate education in microbiology, including:

    Government:

    • 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

    Industry

    • 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

    Academics

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

    Legal

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

    Healthcare

    • Medical technology
    • Diagnostic laboratories

    Publishing

    • Journal editors
    • Journalism

    Industry

    • Management
    • Quality control
    • Research
    • Product development

    1 United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment in STEM occupations.” Available at https://www.bls.gov/emp/tables/stem-employment.htm.

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