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Microbiology at Miami

Careers in Microbiology

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

Career OpportunitiesExploring the Microbial World

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.


Careers in ResearchResearchers in Dr. Morgan-Kiss' lab

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.


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 Patent law Infection Control
Technical sales Bio­remediation Quality control
Product development Bioethics Food technology
Medical illustration Bio­technology Molecular biology
Genetic engineering Education Vaccine development
Bio­reclamation Virology Microbial genetics
Scientific research Microbial ecology Public health
Forensic Sciences Epidemiology Microbial physiology
Environ­mental health Clinical Microbiology Environ­mental law
Laboratory administration Pollution Control Agricultural microbiology
Veterinary microbiology Technical writing Drug development
Human genome project Immunology Bioweapons defense

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

How you can find out more

While you are visiting our campus, if you would like to visit with a faculty advisor to discuss what the Department of Microbiology has to offer, email us at, and we'll schedule an appointment.