Employers value the scientific, analytical and problem-solving skills developed by microbiology graduates
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here. To find out what jobs would suit you, log in to My Prospects.
Pre-entry experience in a laboratory is useful if you are thinking of a science-based career. Some degree courses include a year's work placement undertaking scientific research in industry, a government research laboratory, or another relevant organisation. Also, talk to hospital laboratories or your university careers service about gaining some voluntary experience.
The two microbiology societies offer a range of opportunities to undergraduates in the form of small awards and grants to work on microbiological research projects in the vacation. For more information, see:
Some companies also provide funding to support research work in laboratories over the summer.
Becoming a member of a relevant society or professional body demonstrates commitment and provides valuable networking and career development opportunities.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
Microbiology overlaps with many other degree areas of biology, such as genetics, molecular biology and immunology. Microbiology-related careers are, therefore, found in a diverse range of employment sectors and typical employers include:
A microbiology degree gives you a range of subject-specific skills, which include the ability to:
You also develop:
Typical areas of postgraduate study undertaken by microbiology graduates include:
It is also possible to proceed to graduate-entry programmes in medicine.
However, some microbiology graduates choose to diversify by studying subjects such as computing, science communication and journalism. There are also many courses open to graduates from any discipline that lead to careers in areas such as marketing, finance, business, teaching and law.
Almost half of microbiology graduates enter employment within six months of graduation or combine work with further study. Popular areas of work include:
Graduates also enter unrelated fields such as finance, retail and management.
Slightly more than a third of microbiology graduates go on to further study. Many of these specialise in a particular area of microbiology, such as medical microbiology. Others take the opportunity to broaden their options and move into other career areas.
|Working and studying||5.7%|
|Scientific research and development||21.2%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||20.9%|
|Associate professional and technical||13%|
|Clerical and secretarial||7.4%|
Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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