Microbiology and Immunology

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About this program

A program that focuses on the scientific study of the microorganisms that cause disease and the host immune response to them. Includes instruction in microbiology, microbial genetics, molecular virology, pathogenic bacteriology, disease mechanisms, immunology, immunogenetics, autoimmunity, and bioinformatics.

Career Opportunities

Biology Professors

teach courses in biological sciences. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
$101320
Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
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Interest Match

Biological Technicians

assist biological and medical scientists. Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, collect data and samples, make observations, and calculate and record results. May analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs.
$49490
Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
Personality Match

Interest Match

Medical Scientists

conduct research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engage in clinical investigation, research and development, or other related activities.
$101800
Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Interest Match


Microbiologists

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investigate the growth, structure, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, algae, or fungi. Includes medical microbiologists who study the relationship between organisms and disease or the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms.
$91840
Bachelor's degree
Personality Match

Interest Match

Natural Sciences Managers

plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.
$154930
Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction
Personality Match


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