Microbiology & Immunology
In HG. Wells’ classic, War of the Worlds, the novel ends with the narrator in a war-torn London, where he stumbles upon the remains of an alien race whose invasion is stopped in its tracks thanks to none other than earth’s tiniest organisms. Although in this story they saved the day by affecting only the aliens, they are also capable of having profound effects on the earth’s inhabitants as well. If you’re interested in separating the science from the science fiction and studying the real way these microbes interact with their environments, then you may wish to major in microbiology.
UTSA’s Microbiology & Immunology Program
UTSA’s Microbiology & Immunology degree blends the disciplines of genetics, organic chemistry and cellular biology to examine and analyze microscopic organisms like bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi and parasites. Through extensive coursework and lab experience, you’ll acquire the microbiology skills necessary to grow, identify and control various types of microorganisms—even the ones that healthcare professionals find most concerning! After earning your degree, you’ll find work as a Microbiologist where you’ll study how microbes live, grow and interact with their environments.
Careers in Microbiology and Immunology
Top job titles for Microbiology and Immunology graduates include:
• Laboratory Technologist
• Quality Control Analyst
• Quality Systems Manager
• Medical Scientist
• Biological Technician
Microbiology and Immunology and its related career pathways are currently in lower than average demand in San Antonio in the 2018-2019 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Boston, MA, San Francisco, CA and Philadelphia, PA. More than 144,000 Microbiology and Immunology-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.
UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.
Please note that there are additional admission requirements that need to be met in order to be admitted into this major. View all of UTSA’s specific admission requirements here.
Industries for Microbiology and immunology Graduates
Microbiology and Immunology is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of microbiology and immunology-related positions over 2018-19 included:
• Scientific Research
• Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
• General Hospitals
• Human Resource Administration
• Higher Education
• Engineering Related Services
Salaries for Microbiology and Immunology Graduates
The salary range for open microbiology and immunology-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:
Source: Burning Glass
Skills and Interests for Microbiology and Immunology Majors
While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a Microbiology and Immunology graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Microbiology and Immunology may be a good fit for you if:
• You enjoy working with others
• You enjoy learning
• You like solving problems and puzzles
• You are well organized
• You are detail oriented