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19-1022 Microbiologists



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.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 30038$42.75/hr$25.27/hr$31.83/hr$39.58/hr$50.66/hr$61.59/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Manufacturing160$39.58/hr
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services100$48.27/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Central Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 300$39.58/hr3.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 310$39.25/hrN/A
Minnesota 330$38.21/hr4.2%


Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Soil and Plant Scientists 520$30.97/hr2.1%
Biochemists and Biophysicists 1,240$40.56/hr5.0%
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 3,290$39.23/hr12.1%


  • Supervise biological technologists and technicians and other scientists.
  • Investigate the relationship between organisms and disease, including the control of epidemics and the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms.
  • Study growth, structure, development, and general characteristics of bacteria and other microorganisms to understand their relationship to human, plant, and animal health.
  • Use a variety of specialized equipment, such as electron microscopes, gas and high-pressure liquid chromatographs, electrophoresis units, thermocyclers, fluorescence-activated cell sorters, and phosphorimagers.
  • Study the structure and function of human, animal, and plant tissues, cells, pathogens, and toxins.
  • Isolate and maintain cultures of bacteria or other microorganisms in prescribed or developed media, controlling moisture, aeration, temperature, and nutrition.
  • Prepare technical reports and recommendations, based upon research outcomes.
  • Provide laboratory services for health departments, community environmental health programs, and physicians needing information for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Examine physiological, morphological, and cultural characteristics, using microscope, to identify and classify microorganisms in human, water, and food specimens.
  • Research use of bacteria and microorganisms to develop vitamins, antibiotics, amino acids, grain alcohol, sugars, and polymers.