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

Agricultural and Food Scientist Medical Scientist Quality Control Analysts
Biological Technician Microbiologists Quality Control Systems Managers
Biophysicist Molecular and Cellular Biologists Surgeon
Epidemiologists Pharmaceutical Sales Rep Veterinarians
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist and Technician Postsecondary Teacher

Types of Employers

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

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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