Careers in Microbiology

Graduate student researcher
Undergraduate researcher
Graduate student researcher
Bacteria colonizing fungi
 Microbes on stage
Undergraduate researcher
Goldwater scholar performing research

Even though the organisms we study are too small to see without a microscope, they have a big impact on our daily lives. Check out some of the reasons that choosing to major in Microbiology can help you get the most out of your Miami Experience.

A major in Microbiology offers career options

Exploring the Microbial World

Career Opportunities

Students receiving degrees in either Microbiology or Medical Laboratory Science are well prepared for careers in almost any field in medicine and biology, and in every sector of the economy: universities, colleges, schools, hospitals, government agencies (CDC, EPA, NASA), congress, industry (biotechnology, food safety, and pharmaceutical), business (patent law), and communications (medical writers).

The study of biofilms in Dr. Actis' lab

Medical School

These degrees also serve as an excellent stepping-stone to medical school (the requirements for a major in Microbiology are virtually the same as those which will qualify students to apply to Medical, Dental and Veterinary School). They also align very well with the Premedical Studies Co-major.

More about premedical and pre-healthcare programs…

Researchers in Dr. Morgan-Kiss' lab

Careers in Research

Whether you are interested in research in biomedical, commercial, or environmental fields; in industry, academia, or the government; a major in microbiology can provide the background and experience you need.

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Career Diversity

A major in microbiology prepares one for a career in almost any field in medicine and biology. Microbiologists work in every sector of the economy: Universities, Colleges, Schools, Hospitals, Government Agencies, Congress, Industry, the Peace Corps, NASA and the Military. Here are some of the wide array of career paths available to microbiology majors.

Infectious disease

Technical sales

Product development

Medical illustration

Genetic engineering


Scientific research

Forensic Sciences

Environmental health

Laboratory administration

Veterinary microbiology

Human genome project

Patent law






Microbial ecology


Clinical Microbiology

Pollution Control

Technical writing


Infection Control

Quality control

Food technology

Molecular biology

Vaccine development

Microbial genetics

Public health

Microbial physiology

Environmental law

Agricultural microbiology

Drug development

Bioweapons defense

NOTE: Some of the options listed may require training beyond the bachelor's degree.

Find out more

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Building a Career with Microbiology

Steve Gilman (Miami Microbiology, '75), Ph.D., is executive vice president of research and development and chief scientific officer of Cubist Pharmaceuticals and here talks about how he used his science background to become a businessman.

Using the Scientific Method to Solve Business Problems

Michele Molden (Miami Microbiology, '77), president and CEO of Piedmont Heart Institute in Atlanta, GA, talks about how she went from an undergraduate degree in Microbiology to earning her MBA.

Transferable Skills Acquired from a Liberal Arts Degree

Michele Molden (Miami Microbiology, '77), president and CEO of Piedmont Heart Institute in Atlanta, GA, explains how the skills she acquired as an undergraduate in the liberal arts prepared her for a business career in the field of healthcare.