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Montana State University
P.O. Box 172360
Bozeman, MT 59717-2360

Tel: (406) 994-4288
Fax: (406) 994-7580
E-mail: lands@montana.edu
Location: 2-205 Wilson Hall

Dean:

Nicol C. Rae
nicol.rae@montana.edu

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Careers with a Degree in Microbiology

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What Can I Do With a Major in Microbiology?

Microbiology graduates are employed by the mining, health, petroleum, textile, biotechnology, food, agriculture and pharmaceutical industries, and by university, institutional and governmental entities. Some examples of job opportunities include:

• Analytical chemist
• Bacteriologist
• Biochemist
• Biophysicist
• Biostatistician
• Biotechnologist
• Blood bank technologist
• Chemist
• Clinical chemistry technologist
• Clinical pathologist
• Crime lab analyst
• Cytotechnologist
• Dentist
• Ecologist
• Embryologist
• Environmental health educator
• Environmental impact analyst
• Environmental health educator
• Food and drug inspector
• Geneticist
• Hemotherapist
• Histologist
• Horticulturist
• Hospital administrator
• Immunologist
• Industrial hygienist
• Laboratory technician
• Medical doctor
• Medical illustrator
• Medical laboratory manager
• Medical record technician
• Medical technician
• Microbiologist
• Mycologist
• Natural resources manager
• Naturalist
• Parasitologist
• Patent specialist
• Pathologist
• Pharmaceutical sales representative
• Pharmacologist
• Physical therapist
• Physician assistant
• Public health specialist
• Quality control specialist
• Research assistant
• Research scientist
• Technical writer
• Toxicologist
• Veterinarian
• Virologist

The undergraduate program at MSU is also designed to prepare students for graduate study. Students who complete a graduate degree are generally employed in industry, colleges, university or medical institutions. Some pursue postgraduate medical or research studies.