What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Studies microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and parasites. Collects samples and grows cultures; isolates and classifies microorganisms and studies their structure, growth and development; monitors the effect of microorganisms on other organisms and the environment.
There were 290 Microbiologist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 6814 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Microbiologist industry, which includes the Microbiologist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
Many new Microbiologist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $57,045.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $56,939.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Microbiologist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $45,779.
Education and Experience
Posted Microbiologist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.
Posted Microbiologist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.
|Years of Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||50%|
|3 to 5 years||35%|
|6 to 8 years||10%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Microbiologist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (32%)
- Research (24%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (21%)
- Troubleshooting (18%)
- Detail-Oriented (17%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Microbiology (93%)
- Quality Assurance and Control (38%)
- Biology (35%)
- Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) (20%)
- Chemistry (20%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) (19%)
- Laboratory Testing (15%)
- Laboratory Equipment (15%)
- Public Health and Safety (12%)
- Scheduling (12%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Bacteriology (6%)
- Gram Staining (6%)
- Immunology (5%)
- Virology (5%)
- Microbiologic Testing (5%)
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Microbiologist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Microbiologist I
- Microbiologist II
- Qc Microbiologist
- Senior Microbiologist
If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.
- Biology Research Scientist
- Molecular Biologist
- Analytical Chemist
- Chemistry Laboratory Supervisor
- Chemist (General)
- Quality Control Chemist
Here are the employers that have posted the most Microbiologist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Eurofins Scientific (235)
- Abbott Laboratories (232)
- B Braun Medical Incorporated (72)
- Bristol-Myers Squibb (63)
- Sgs North America (48)
- Eli Lilly (14)
- Laboratory Corporation of America (14)
- Eurofins Scientific (7)
- Fujifilm (7)
- Pfizer (7)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!