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Microbiologist

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.

Job Outlook

There were 314 Microbiologist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 6353 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:

Salary

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.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $57,299.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $55,356.

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 $46,874.

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.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree71%
Master's Degree23%
Doctoral Degree5%
Other0%

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 ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years50%
3 to 5 years37%
6 to 8 years7%
9+ years5%

Skills

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.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (36%)
  • Research (25%)
  • Detail-Oriented (19%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (19%)
  • Troubleshooting (18%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Microbiology (93%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (39%)
  • Biology (37%)
  • Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) (21%)
  • Chemistry (18%)

Necessary Skills

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 (14%)
  • Scheduling (12%)
  • Quality Management (10%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Virology (7%)
  • Bacteriology (6%)
  • Immunology (6%)
  • Gram Staining (5%)
  • Food Science (4%)

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

Similar Occupations

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.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Microbiologist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Eurofins Scientific (137)
  • American Society For Microbiology (90)
  • Actalent (68)
  • Emsl Analytical (68)
  • Pharmallies (58)

North Carolina

  • Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc (12)
  • Eurofins Scientific (10)
  • Actalent (10)
  • Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc , Usa (7)
  • Pfizer (6)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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