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Career Opportunities

The combination of classroom education, clinical rotations and research experience will prepare students for a wide variety of employment opportunities including:

  • Supervisory positions in clinical microbiology laboratories in medical centers or private reference laboratories (see note below)
  • Infection control positions in clinical settings
  • Public health
  • Marketing and sales in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries
  • Teaching at community colleges or technical colleges
  • Research in academic, government or industry (pharmaceutical and biotechnology) settings

In addition, a degree in Clinical Microbiology provides an excellent background for medical school, veterinary school, or graduate school.

Note: The Clinical Microbiology Master's program is distinct from our Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) B.S. program. If your main goal is to work in a hospital lab, the CLS program, with broader training in Chemistry and Hematology, in addition to Microbiology, may be more appropriate. Hospitals want broadly trained students with a CLS degree who have passed a certification exam. For more information about the UWL Clinical Laboratory Science program, go here.

Students graduating with a Clinical Microbiology M.S. degree can work in clinical diagnostic labs, but these tend to be the larger hospitals where more specialists are employed. You would be expected to sit for a certification exam after being hired. Graduates with a M.S degree in Clinical Microbiology would be qualified to take the Technologist/Scientist certification exam for Microbiology or Molecular Biology after six months of employment. For more information on certification, go here.

 

Students working in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at Marshfield Clinic
Students working in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at Marshfield Clinic.

 

For current students, the American Society for Microbiology Career Connections website is a good place to look for jobs, as is a "microbiology" search at indeed.com

Here is what some of our recent graduates have done:

  • Supervisor in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at Marshfield Clinic
  • Laboratory Director of the Microbiology Hub - Kericho (Kenya), part of the Armed Forces Health Sureveillance Center
  • Director and Instructor in the Medical Lab Technologist program at Minnesota State Southeast Technical
  • Associate Biologist, University of Bamako, Mali
  • Research Specialist in a Howard Hughes Medical Institute virology lab at UW-Madison.
  • Research Technician at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Ph.D. student in Microbiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Ph.D. student in Biochemistry at the University of Minnesota
  • Instructor in the Medical Lab Technologist program at Western Technical College
  • Microbiologist at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene
  • Virologist at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene
  • Arbovirus research at the CDC
  • Vaccine development at Harrisvaccines (Ames, IA)
  • Research and Development at Luminix (Madison, WI)
  • Research and Development at NewLink Genetics (Ames, IA)
  • Research and Development at Pathogenica (Boston, MA)
  • Research and Development at Lucigen (Madison, WI)
  • Research and Development at Abbott Laboratories (North Chicago, IL)
  • Research and Development at Becton Dickinson (San Diego, CA)
  • Research and Development at Schering-Plough (Kennilworth, NJ)
  • Research and Development at Pfizer, (Groton CT)

"This graduate program sets a student up for success by offering a great combination of academics and very realistic clinical experiences." - Mary Stemper, 2002 graduate
“This graduate program sets a student up for success by offering a great
combination of academics and very realistic clinical experiences.”
– Mary Stemper, 2002 graduate

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