Career Opportunities for Majors in Microbiology


The microbiology curriculum emphasizes the uniqueness of microbial biology, its enormous diversity, and the biochemical basis of microbial life. The curriculum examines the diverse roles of microorganisms and covers the fundamentals of microbial diversity, physiology, and genetics. The focus is on the examination of microorganisms; microbial processes in natural and managed environments; and their effects on human, animal, plant, and environmental health. The nature and activity of microbial populations in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, the interactions within microbial communities, and biogeochemical cycles and energy flows are explored. The curriculum provides students with a fundamental understanding of the applications of microbes in biotechnology, the food industry, agriculture, and medicine. Microbes are central to the food, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries and are broadly utilized ranging from food fermentations and biosynthetic processes to waste treatment and biodegradation of toxic chemicals. The field of microbiology is a major contributor toward industrial development; human, animal, and plant health; environmental integrity; and agricultural productivity. The primary objectives of the curriculum are to broadly educate students regarding the biology of microorganisms. The curriculum prepares students for positions in industry, government, and graduate/professional study in life sciences through extensive coursework combined with laboratory and research experience.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

    Chemical Technician Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist and Technician Postsecondary Teacher
Agricultural and Food Scientist Medical Scientist Surgeon
Biological Technician Natural Sciences Manager
Biophysicist Pharmaceutical Sales Rep

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Agricultural and Food Scientist Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist and Technician Public Health Assistant
Biochemist Microbiologist Scientific Journals
Biological Technician Natural Sciences Manager Surgeon
Biophysicist Parasitologist Toxicologist
Clinics Pathologist Waste Management Companies
Epidemiologist Pharmaceutical Sales Rep Wildlife Biologist
Hospital Administrator Physician Zoologist
Medical Doctor Physician Assistant     Chemical Technician
Medical Scientist Postsecondary Teacher
Government Agencies
Agri-Chemical Companies Environmental Protection Agency NJ State Department of Health
Air Pollution Control Fish and Wildlife Service Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Biochemical Companies Food Safety Organizations Peace Corps
Biotechnology companies Food Standards Agency Research Institutions
Centers for Disease Control Food and Beverage Manufacturers The Environment Agency (EA)
Department of Agriculture Food and Drug Administration Universities
Department of Environmental Protection Health Agencies Water Companies
Environmental Consultants Home and Personal Care Product Manufacturers

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Microbiology

Organization Job Title
Medical Diagnostic Laboratory Llc Laboratory Technician
Colgate-Palmolive Laboratory Technician
L2 Diagnostics Medical Scientists
Envision Healthcare Medical Transcriptionists
Hackensack Meridian Health Microbiology Lab Assistant

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Microbiology

Graduate Schools Attended

Institution Degree Field
University of Calgary Microbiology Environmental Microbiology

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