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Careers in Microbiology

Why get a degree in microbiology?

Microbiologists work in hospitals, universities, medical schools, government laboratories, and almost every industry, specializing in a wide variety of areas, from agriculture to the space industry.  Our microbiology degrees are designed to promote the development of the scientific, analytical, and problem-solving skills needed for our students to excel in these careers, as well as providing great preparation for and placement in medical, professional, and graduate schools.


Here are just a few of the many career options for microbiology degree holders, either directly or in combination with another degree:

Medical Professions

Clinical Microbiologist

Science Policy

Forensic Scientist

Patent Attorney

Environmental Scientist

Academic Research

Biotechnology Industry

Public Health

Sales/Technical Representative

Laboratory Tech

Wine/Beer Industry


Science Writer

Pharmaceutical Industry

Preparing for a Career in Microbiology

If you are interested in learning more about preparing for a future career in microbiology, the following links may be useful:

The American Society for Microbiology Careers in Microbiology site

The OU Career Services site

College of Arts and Sciences Student Success Center