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Microbiologists - What They Do


Microbiologists generally receive a Doctoral degree before they enter the job market. Once employed, Microbiologists can expect to earn an average of $67,000 per year throughout their career.

In addition, over the next 10 years Microbiologists will be one of the fastest growing occupations. They should experience a 11.2% rate of growth during this time period. In respect to starting your own business, Microbiologists rarely feel the entrepreneurial itch. Currently, 2.7% of the employment base is classified as self-employed.

Given the job environment today, Microbiologists can consider themselves quite lucky, as only 3.0% are currently unemployed.

Academic Programs of Interest

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Aquatic Biology
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Biology
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Botany/Plant Biology
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Cell Biology
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Environmental Science
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Genetics
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Molecular Biology
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