Explore Career Pathways in the Microbial Sciences

There are many career options available for individuals with a degree in microbiology—from industry to consulting to working in non-profits. Do you know what career options are available to you?  
"Career Pathways in Microbiology," is a 3-part webinar series that consists of virtual career panels, featuring diverse scientists in industry/biotechnology, climate change and non-academic postdocs. These sessions are for students, postdocs and anyone who is interested in learning about where a degree in microbiology can take you.
Join us for a series of live, 1.5-hour career panels, each with 3 expert panelists, covering topics, such as non-academic postdoc career opportunities and career pathways in industry/biotechnology and climate change. The career panel will explore the available roles, necessary experience and skills needed to enter the field and where to look for job openings in a specific profession. 


  • Monday, July 22, 11:59 p.m. ET | Deadline to Register.
  • Tuesday, July 23, 2-3:30 p.m. ET | Career Pathways in Industry/Biotechnology.
  • Tuesday, August 6, 2-3:30 p.m. ET | Career Pathways in Climate Change.
  • Tuesday, August 20, 2-3:30 p.m. ET | Career Pathways with a Non-Academic Postdoc.

Learning Goals

  • Explore the variety of careers in the microbial sciences other than tenure-track faculty careers.
  • Learn key skills and experiences needed to enter the profession.
  • Connect with mentors in different microbial science careers.
  • Understand how to identify which career paths are more suitable for an individual.
  • Learn high-level approaches to applying for a job in the microbial sciences.


  • Live, 1.5-hour career panels, each with 3 expert panelists, covering a broad range of topics and career pathways.
  • Each panelist will give a 15-minute presentation on their career path, followed by open Q&A from the audience for the remainder of the session.
  • Live attendees will receive a resource page on the top 3 communication, management and interpersonal skills needed for the job, where to look for jobs and top employers in the field.
  • Attendees will receive a link to each of the panelist’s 15-minute presentation.


This series of webinars is open to anyone who is interested in learning about career options available in microbiology for themselves or the students they teach. The primary intended audience is undergraduate students, master’s and doctoral graduate students, postbacs, postdocs and medical laboratory scientists.

Registration Details

Deadline to Register is Monday, July 22, 2024, 11:59 p.m. ET.

Please note that you do not need to attend every session.
No refunds will be given. All registrants will receive a link to the recording after the live event. 

Contact Information

Shilpa Gadwal, sgadwal@asmusa.org