risk level
Based on 155 votes
by year 2032
or $41.09 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

36% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

33% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 36% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Microbiologists will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Microbiologists' job openings is expected to rise 9.0% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


High paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Microbiologists' was $85,470, or $41 per hour

'Microbiologists' were paid 77.8% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 21,540 people employed as 'Microbiologists' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 7 thousand people are employed as 'Microbiologists'.

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: 19-1022.00


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Tomasz Szabat (Low) 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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