6.5/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $38.10 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 36% (Start worrying)

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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Microbiologists' job openings is expected to rise 9% by 2031
'Microbiologists' is expected to be a fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Microbiologists' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Microbiologists' was $79,260, or $38.10 hourly
'Microbiologists' are paid 73.2% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as microbiologists?

As of 2021 there were 19,430 people employed as Microbiologists within the United States.
This represents around 0.014% 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 (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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