There are currently an estimated 23,200 microbiologists in the United States. The microbiologist job market is expected to grow by 8.2% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are microbiologists?

CareerExplorer rates microbiologists with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 8,300 microbiologists. That number is based on 1,900 additional microbiologists, and the retirement of 6,400 existing microbiologists.

What’s the supply of microbiologists?

The microbiologist industry is concentrated in California, Maryland, Texas

Microbiologist job market by state

State Name Employed Microbiologists
California 5,120
Maryland 2,140
Texas 1,180
Massachusetts 950
Illinois 910
New York 910
Pennsylvania 880
Georgia 850
New Jersey 670
Ohio 530
Virginia 490
Colorado 480
North Carolina 410
Minnesota 370
Washington 340
Missouri 330
Michigan 320
Wisconsin 290
Tennessee 270
Florida 260
Puerto Rico 220
Iowa 210
Nebraska 170
Utah 160
Oregon 140
Arkansas 140
Kansas 130
Montana 120
Arizona 110
Hawaii 110
South Carolina 100
New Hampshire 100
Nevada 60
Kentucky 60
West Virginia 50
Oklahoma 50
Vermont 50
District of Columbia 50
Maine 40
New Mexico 30
Mississippi 30
Alaska 30