Will "Microbiologists" be replaced by AI & Robots?

There is very little chance of this occupation being replaced by robots/AI. This is further validated by our poll, which suggests a 29% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

Totally Safe

or 1.2% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

People Employed


as of 2019

Median Annual Wage


or $36.37 hourly

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How this compares with other jobs: 54 out of 707

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People Employed (US)

Median Annual Wage (US)

Job description

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.

SOC Code: 19-1022

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Tomasz Szabat (Small chance) says
Some tasks can be automated easily, others not so much. There is a lot of repetitive, procedure followed asignments.
Sep 04, 2019 at 06:38 PM
Anon (No chance) says
Parts of the process can be automated, but ultimately there's a good amount of critical thinking that requires human intervention. Maybe fewer humans will be employed, as information can be collected by machines, but ultimately data analysis would fall to people.
Jun 22, 2019 at 03:11 AM
Bethany (Highly likely) says
It's extremely easy for robots to collect data - sorry!
Apr 14, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Anon says
Except that data collection is only a fraction of microbiology. Collecting data about illness in a community is one thing. Critically thinking and recognizing the underlying causes and where to look for them is not something machines will be able to do anytime soon. Someone will have to be telling the robots where to collect data from, after all - sorry!
Jun 22, 2019 at 03:14 AM

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