University of Vermont

CALS Microbiology Major


Alumni with degrees in Microbiology pursue a wide variety of careers, both directly and indirectly related to their course of study. This is a representative sample of job titles from recent UVM alumni who majored in Microbiology.

Job Title

Career Industry

Microbiologist Research
Physician Health Care
Patent Analyst Molecular Diagnostics
General Counsel Pharmaceuticals
Nurse Practitioner Health Care
Ensign Public Health
Laboratory Technician State Government


Recent Employers

Brown University Cepheid
Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corporation
Vermont Department of Health


Transferable Skills

In addition to the specialized material you study in your major, you will also gain useful transferable skills. Remember: it is essential to be able to articulate the skills you have gained.

Examples of transferable skills fostered while majoring in Microbiology:

Critical Thinking Skills

Leadership and Administration Skills

Communication Skills

Perceiving patterns and structures and applying them to practical problems
Using imagination to pose challenging questions

Give clear and detailed instructions
Lead a research team

Summarizing data accurately and clearly orally and in writing
Presenting proposals and reports to technical and non-technical audiences

Research and Investigation Skills

Design and Planning Skills

Information Management Skills

Gathering and interpreting data
Ability to operate scientific equipment properly
Testing hypotheses through experimentation

Designing research projects and developing ideas
Use computer technology to enhance research

Maintaining organized records, materials, and information
Classify and categorize samples effectively

Interpersonal Skills

Skills and Assessing Values

Specialized Skills

Working with a group of colleagues to develop new solutions and improve old processes

Assess the needs of diverse populations and individuals
Work with diverse groups of people

Knowledge of microbes essential to medicine, industry, ecology, and basic science


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