Most microbiologists list "lab equipment," "microbiology," and "environmental monitoring" as skills on their resumes. We go into more details on the most important microbiologist responsibilities here:
We've found that 75.5% of microbiologists have earned a bachelor's degree. Furthermore, 12.0% earned their master's degrees before becoming a microbiologist. While it's true that most microbiologists have a college degree, it's generally possible to become one with only a high school degree. In fact, one out of every nine microbiologists did not spend the extra money to attend college.
The microbiologists who went onto college to earn a more in-depth education generally studied biology and microbiology, while a small population of microbiologists studied biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology and medical technician.
Once you've obtained the level of education you're comfortable with, you might start applying to companies to become a microbiologist. We've found that most microbiologist resumes include experience from Aerotek, Medtronic, and Kelly Services. Of recent, Aerotek had 14 positions open for microbiologists. Meanwhile, there are 6 job openings at Medtronic and 5 at Kelly Services.
Since salary is important to some microbiologists, it's good to note that they are figured to earn the highest salaries at Integrated Resources Group, LanceSoft, and Henry M. Jackson Foundation for The Advancement of Military Medicine. If you were to take a closer look at Integrated Resources Group, you'd find that the average microbiologist salary is $80,030. Then at LanceSoft, microbiologists receive an average salary of $79,668, while the salary at Henry M. Jackson Foundation for The Advancement of Military Medicine is $79,430.
If you earned a degree from the top 100 educational institutions in the United States, you might want to take a look at Merieux NutriSciences, Bausch + Lomb, and Merck & Co. These three companies have hired a significant number of microbiologists from these institutions.
For the most part, microbiologists make their living in the pharmaceutical and health care industries. Microbiologists tend to make the most in the retail industry with an average salary of $74,325. The microbiologist annual salary in the health care and pharmaceutical industries generally make $71,713 and $64,538 respectively. Additionally, microbiologists who work in the retail industry make 19.6% more than microbiologists in the manufacturing Industry.