Career In Microbiology

Microbiology has generated a lot of buzz from the past few years leading to a rush in the number of students who are looking to pursue this field as a career.

“Microbiology is the study of micro-organisms.”

Microorganisms – are those organisms which are very small can’t be seen with the naked eyes like bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Is simple words, microbiology is a broad discipline of biology with works with the function, structure, uses, and the existence of the microscopic organism.

You can also see the example of bacteria in “Yogurt”. Bacterial cell helps the milk to change into yogurt using fermentation process.

Microbiology overlaps the various other degree areas of biology like as molecular biology, genetics & immunology.

The scope of Microbiology is huge because of the involvement of microbiology in various fields such as Pharmacy, Medicine, clinical research, agriculture, dairy industry, water industry, nanotechnology & chemical technology.

Who are Microbiologists?

A person who specializes in this field is called as “Microbiologists”.

Microbiologists are the scientists, those study organisms & infectious agents which cannot be seen with the unprotected eye.

They study the interactions of microorganisms with other organisms & humans, which exist & affect our lives.

The role of Microbiologists is to ensure our food is safe or not, developing green technologies, treating and preventing disease or tracking the role of microbes in the climate change.

Microbiologists work in many different job areas, in a variety of different job roles. Microbiologists can make careers in research and non-research fields.

How did it all begin?

A famous German biologist “Louis Pasteur” is one of the founders of microbiology. He performed various tests to discover why wine and dairy products become sour.


Courses & Duration

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Thinking about to pursue courses in this field?

There are many bachelors, masters and Ph.D. courses are available to pursue in this field. Students can start the courses from bachelor level to doctoral courses. Here are some most sought courses in this field:

Bachelor Courses:

Below is the list of courses that one can pursue in the field of microbiology. The duration of these courses is three years.

  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Microbiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Microbiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Food Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Clinical Microbiology

Master Courses:

The master courses in this field are of two years:

  • Master of Science in Microbiology
  • Master of Science in Applied Microbiology
  • Master of Science in Medical Microbiology
  • Master of Science in Microbial Genetics and Bioinformatics

Specializations in Microbiology

  • Agricultural Microbiology
  • Industrial Microbiology
  • Evolutionary Microbiology
  • Nano Microbiology
  • Cellular Microbiology
  • Soil Microbiology
  • Veterinary Microbiology
  • Generation Microbiology
  • Microbial
  • Water Microbiology
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Microbial Genetics
  • Environmental Microbiology

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Eligibility & Admission

You can take admission in bachelor courses after passing your 12th class with PCB subjects. Some colleges consider 50% marks in PCB subjects.

For admission to PG courses, it is necessary to hold a bachelors degree (B.Sc.) in the related field. Some universities organize their own entrance exams for screening candidates for admissions. Candidates can appear in NEET PG 2021, AIIMS PG 2021 and JIPMER PG 2021 for microbiology courses.

Best colleges to pursue Microbiology are:

  • Amity University
  • Bharath University, Chennai
  • Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya
  • Jiwaji University, Faculty of Sciences & Faculty of Life Sciences
  • Delhi University
  • Christian Medical College, Vellore

Skills Required for a Microbiologist:

  • Clear and logical thinking
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Team leadership ability
  • Good writing and communication skills
  • Excellent level of accuracy
  • Ability to work with statistics and relevant computer packages.

Career Scope

“Job outlook for Microbiologist is positive.”

At present, the scientific, analytical and problem-solving skills developed by microbiology graduates are high in demand by employers.

There are various options available to you after studying for a Microbiology degree.

You can choose to stay in education & do a master degree or Ph.D. in microbiology.  Whether you can decide to enter the job market after graduation degree.

You can work in both governments as well as in private sectors. Microbiologists are mostly demanded in the UK, US, France, Australia, and Germany.

With a degree in microbiology, you can get opportunities in various fields like healthcare organizations, forensic science laboratories, environmental organizations, higher education institutions, food and drink, publicly funded research organizations, pharmaceuticals and many other industries.

In the medicine and healthcare field, your work is usually associated with prevention & treatment of illnesses linked with microbes.

Various universities & Institutions employ microbiologists as teachers & researchers.

Job Profiles:

  • Research Assistant
  • Food, Industrial or Environmental Microbiologists
  • Quality Assurance Technologists
  • Sales or Technical Representative
  • Clinical and Veterinary Microbiologists
  • Medical Technologists
  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Microbiologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Food Technologist
  • Scientific Laboratory Technician
  • Physician Associate
  • Research Scientist (life sciences)

Employment Areas:

  • Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Universities
  • Laboratories
  • Private Hospitals
  • Research Organizations
  • Environmental Agencies
  • Food Industry
  • Beverage Industry
  • Chemical Industries
  • Agriculture Department

Top recruiter of Microbiology graduates are:

  • Mascot International
  • Siron Technology Pvt. Ltd.
  • Alpha Pharma Healthcare India Private Limited
  • Krauter Healthcare Limited
  • The Indian Hotels Company Limited
  • Lakshmi Life Sciences Ltd.


How much a Microbiology degree holder earns?

In India, the average salary of a Microbiologist is between 2 to 3 lakhs per year.

If you are working with the government or private organizations, you will get handsome salary along with the perks & other benefits.

An experienced Microbiologist with masters or Ph.D. degree can get a very good salary package in both sectors.

Salary will also depend on several factors like organization, sector, job profile, location, etc. Experience matters a lot in this field. Work experience helps you to give an opportunity to find out a particular job which suited to you. In this field higher salary package offered to experienced microbiologist.

Books & Study Materials

Here we have listed some of the best books to study microbiology:

Microbiology: An Introduction, 12th Edition by Gerard J. Tortora, Berdell

Brock Biology of Microorganisms by Michael T. Madigan, John M. Martinko

Foundations in Microbiology by Kathleen Park Talaro

Garden of microbial delights by Dorion Sagan

Jawetz Melnick & Adelbergs Medical Microbiology by Geo. Brooks, Karen C. Carroll

For more information regarding Microbiology, ask your queries below.

Displaying 165 Comments
  1. swathi says:

    lam a student of class 12 I want to choose microbiology as my career…… Plzz eligibility for admission in best institute

    • ilma pathsn says:

      I have completed my 12 standard from pcb i wonna take admission in bsc microbiology so gave me advice what’s career in bsc microbiology

  2. Priya says:

    I am a student of class 12…I want to choose microbiology as my career…I want to do research…can I plzzz get to know the eligibility for admission in best institutes…

  3. Abinas says:

    How can we get a job Abroad after doing B.Sc/M.Sc/PhD in Microbiology?
    What will be the salary package if we get job in Abroad?

  4. Tabassum says:

    Sir can I take direct admission in microbiology. What are the fee structures , colleges & scopes.

  5. Swarda j says:

    what are business opportunities after M.Sc microbiology?

  6. Varun says:

    I am Varun
    Plz suggest me that
    After b.a.c. in morphology there will be get easily jobs?

  7. Tisha says:

    Hello, I had passed my hsc dis year n now I’m about to persure adm in degree college so i was just confused between pharmacy and Bsc microbiology so been good in biology which course I should prefer?

  8. SANGRAM MORE says:

    marks criteria for admission in bsc microbio

  9. Hemalata Shekhar Rudra says:

    Sir, I am doing final year Microbiology in Nagpur.So,after what I choose for great career.

    • kalyani says:

      i am doing final year of B.Sc microbiology in aurangabad,MH so after that what should i do for career( any suggestion for good microbiology adv. coarse)

  10. Santosh says:

    For a middle class family’s student which is the best college in India for BSc course?

  11. Akshaya k says:

    I have joined for (microbiology) first year in chennai top college. What will i get salary package?

  12. Akshaya k says:

    I have joined for (microbiology) first year in chennai top college. Shall i get good salary packaged company in india after finishing my degree?. Please reply immediate.

  13. Harshul says:

    Now I’m in 11th class and my aim is to become a microbiologist in evolution and genetics of organisms so i just want some information about courses I should take after 12

  14. Utsha Kumar Das says:

    Hi I am studying in navodaya and I wanna Do microbiology

  15. Siddhesh Kamble says:

    I’m doing final year BSC Microbiology in Mumbai, So what i choose for great career??

  16. Shashank says:

    In microbiology job opportunity are what?

  17. Tushar says:

    After ph.d microbiology what salary can i expect?

  18. Anant says:

    I have completed my sy.bsc so what I will choose for ty for great career??? Botany or Microbiology

  19. priya pandey says:

    Sir i want to do job in food industry I have completed my bsc degree in microbiology and even I have completed foid dairy pharmacutical course diploma to.

  20. Vive says:

    Hiii I’m doing final year bsc microbiology in coimbatore if I discuss micr

  21. Sanjeev dwivedi says:

    I am student of govt.holkar science college indore

    Qualification. B.Sc. microbiology

    I want to job in indore

  22. Sundar says:

    what does pharmacetical microbiology means?

  23. rajat says:


  24. Shivam Athilkar says:

    Can we persue bachelors degree with other field knowledge like hand in hand courses??

  25. Rashi says:

    Hello sir I am pursuing B.Sc degree in industrial microbiology.Can you tell what are the examination that I will have to appear in order to get admission in MBA.

  26. Akshay Pacharne says:

    Hello sir, my sister is doing BSc microbiology, whats d best option for her after her graduation… If she wants to do msc after that also what is best option for her..plz suggest

  27. Rathod sejal says:

    I am doing microbiology, what are carrier chances after completion and which degree are good for our carrier ya DMLT

  28. atharva kulkarni says:

    i am entering 12th i am intrested in microbiology what can be maximum percentage needed for the field and what are the chances for abroad jobs and salary pls

  29. Layashree says:

    Sir I have completed 12th and I am interested in studying microbiology and my doubt is in 11th I have opted home science group(biology,homesciene, physics, chemistry, English, language)am I eligible to apply for microbiology study

  30. Shusant singh says:

    after p.hd in microbiology (doing govt.colleges)salary started………..
    ( plzz sugesest me )

  31. Khushwant says:

    I have done my Msc in microbialbiotechnology(industrial microbiology) so I want to do job in abroad so for this what can I do ?

  32. Ruchi says:

    Which course is good nd has more value according to job prospective bsc food science and technology or bsc food processing and technology ??

  33. harsha says:

    Sir tell me if I complete bsc,msc and specialisation in agricultural microbiology and do phd will I confirmly get job in research and after that can I start my own research after that as I am interested in finding new things and interest to find something in biology I am in class 12.I have dought is there any specialisation in micro biology and for how many years?is it after msc ?pls guide me I want to do research in biology my dream and want to contribute to society.I am very passionate to do pls help me I am ready to take the research seats vacant am I eligible plus reply me soon .

  34. Judin says:

    I have a BSc in microbiology, chemistry and genetics, what job opportunities do I have now ?

  35. Sruthi says:

    After compilition of bsc microbiology .which Clg is the best to do msc microbiology.plz tell me sir

  36. Rahul gurudev says:

    suggest me, career after PhD in microbiology (govt college)

  37. Anu says:

    I wish to do medical microbiology…so m I eligible for pursuing it after completion of bsc in microbiology???

  38. Khushi says:

    What is best microbiology or biotechnology??

  39. hitesh raut says:

    Sir i complited my tell me about any job apportunity on these base…. it possible or not sir

  40. Rajwardhan Jagtap says:

    Can i become IVF technician by taking microbiology?????

  41. Ankush jain says:

    Please tell universities name

  42. Ankush jain says:

    I want to MSc in medical microbiology course 3 year course I am bsc mlt passed.

  43. Harshita sharma says:

    Sir,I m pursuing bsc biotechnology from integral university Lucknow. What should I do next msc biotechnology or msc microbiology? Which institute is best for it?
    Waiting for your reply

  44. Suryakant says:

    Doing In microbiology

  45. Abdul Hakim says:

    For a student microbiology is a good choice or not…??
    Can it make a good career????
    How much guaranteed job ??
    How much salary… studing to end?

  46. vaishnavi mishra says:

    sir, i have completed my bsc in biotechnology
    so am i elegible for pursuing my msc in microbiology ?

  47. Vyshnavi says:

    Sir, I completed +2..i wanna study bsc. can u pls say what is the nxt step I have to take after bsc.mention jobs after bsc. Please

  48. Aditi says:

    I’ m doing microbiology .what are the carrier chances after completion this degree

  49. NEHA says:

    Which college is goood for msc microbiology? Is mody university is good or not? plz tell me !!!!!

  50. Ayushi says:

    Sir,im doing biotechnology. All I want to know my thought for pursuing environment microbiology is good or not? I’m encountering number of disclamations

  51. Sadique says:

    What the main best income scope in micro biology after bsc…??? Please say something…!!

  52. mohamed rafi says:

    microbiology course value irukka illaya

  53. Nazru says:

    Which one is better BSc microbiology or BSc optometry

    • Afreen khan says:

      If you wanna do then it will be better to do plain with botany zoology chemistry and after that you have many options but yes if you would ask one option between these two courses then microbiology is far better in career…

  54. priya says:

    I’m doing in microbiology what are the jobs after completion degree.

    • Jayanti gupta says:

      You can easily get job in private or government sector in teaching field of higher secondary with good income. . .

      • Ramesh Gawai says:

        Hi sir I am complited for mcvc voc.cmlt and admition for bsc micro nice job in maharashtra

  55. katyayani singh says:

    sir which one is better microbiology or BZC? whose scope is more?

  56. shweta patel says:

    Ihave done my microbiology.and l received an interview call from college as lab assistant.but my question is how much salary package accept by me.plz suggest me.thnk u.

  57. k.vikram says:

    Microbiology after caarer jobs detiles please tell me

  58. shashwat says:

    sir,how much I will be paid if iam a graduate in microbiology not a MSc. degree holder

  59. Basagani.Ramesh says:

    B sc microbiology collages in Telangana and A.P pls give list

  60. Soubhagya Pattanaik says:

    I am an Engineer (Btech) in Mechanical. Can I pursue any course in microbiology or industrial microbiology, shot term courses, and please name the colleges offering the distance education for the same.
    Thanking you

  61. Nisha Kushwaha says:

    I have done simple bsc with botany, zoology. can I do msc microbiology??

  62. Riddhi says:

    Plz can uh tell me the procedure of microbiology after 12 ?? What all entrance exam are needed and clg in Mumbai for the same.??.

  63. Gopi patel says:

    Can i choose mlt after bsc in microbiology

  64. Himanshu says:

    What can do for water microbology?????

  65. Srinivas says:

    I did Msc microbiology and currently working in bioinformatics company

  66. madhu says:

    Doing bsc microbiology so next preparence.

  67. priya says:

    How much mark in +2 we need

  68. Neelam says:

    I’ m doing microbiology .what are the carrier chances after completion this degree

  69. koma says:

    sir, yet i m doing msc from microbiology And I didn’t find any job in this field what the carrier chances in this course!?

  70. Madhulika says:

    What is the 1st coarse should be done after completion of 12th to purse microbiology

  71. Shubham says:

    Is there any sort of entrance test for this?

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