Career Opportunities

We're training the next generation of leaders in plant and microbial biology.

Our Graduates are Growing the Future

Plant biology and microbiology majors go on to find rewarding professional positions, having gained valuable qualitative and quantitative skills that open doors to careers in research, teaching, or business. Our graduates are also well prepared for professional programs — such as medical and dental school — as well as graduate school in biological, molecular and environmental sciences.




Validating Traditional Plant-Based Medicines

Undergraduate research can take students to some interesting places. Recent plant biology graduate Charles Wagner knows that well. He spent most of the summer of 2015 on the Isle of Arran in southwest Scotland as an intern with two master herbalists from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine.

Read Charles Wagner's Story

Careers in Plant Biology

Our program prepares students for careers in science by providing them with a firm background in the natural and physical sciences. Our major is flexible so that students can take major and elective coursework that is tailored toward their interests and goals with one-on-one guidance from their academic advisor. Research experience is a significant program component, enabling students to develop hands-on skills that are necessary to be competitive for jobs and graduate/professional programs. 

Additionally, our proximity to the Research Triangle Park enables students to engage in cutting-edge research (and seek potential employment after graduation) with companies like Syngenta, Bayer CropScience and BASF.

Nearly 60 percent of graduates pursue advanced degrees in a plant science discipline, the health professions, or in education.

Careers may include: 

Research analyst Research technician
Plant inventory data manager Vegetation ecologist
Plant breeder Plant biologist

Careers in Microbiology

Through a program that focuses on scientific research training, project development and execution, market evaluation, science communication, and problem-solving, our graduate program in microbiology prepares students for careers in a number of industries, including pharmaceutical research and development, ag biotech, clinical research, enzymes and bioprocessing, bioremediation, biofuels, animal health, biotechnology and probiotics development.

Potential careers for graduates in microbiology include:

Research and product development Product marketing and sales
Biotechnology start-up and innovation Genome editing and genetic engineering

For more information about careers in microbiology, visit the job board on the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) website.

ASM Job Board

Careers in Microbial Biotechnology

The MMB and MMB/MBA degree options afford our alumni numerous job opportunities in many different areas of the bioscience industry, including academia, government and the private sector.

Careers include:

Research scientist Director of business development
Quality control compliance specialist Consumer safety officer
Technology commercialization counselor Regulatory affairs associate
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