Associate Degree in Microbiology


Microbiology technician, $34,000*

Medical or clinical lab technician, $31,000*

Medical assistant, $37,000*

Veterinary assistant, $37,000*

Research assistant, $46,000**

Microbiologist, $75,230**

Agricultural Inspectors, $32,086.93***

Biochemists and Biophysicists, $142,356.44***

Biological Science Teacher, Postsecondary, $99,925.13***

Biological Scientists, All Other, $78,390.67***

Biological Technicians, $47,880.77***

Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health, $51,750.27***

Epidemiologists, $60,965.99***

Food Scientists and Technologists, $65,372.04***

Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other, $57,269.33***

Microbiologists, $98,978.80***

Soil and Plant Scientists, $70,950.24***

*Simply Hired: Riverside County

**Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 annual mean wage. Most positions require bachelor’s degree or above.

***Source: EMSI, 2021.1 dataset for San Bernardino and Riverside counties 

Career Info

An associate of science degree in microbiology can lead to a variety of employment opportunities in education, government, medicine, and research. It is also the foundation for four-year college studies in the biological sciences.

Potential Careers

  • Nurse
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Dental hygienist
  • Medical assistant
  • Research assistant
  • Physician
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary technician