What to expect from a career as a Microbiology Technician or Technologist

A strong scientific mind and the ability to problem-solve and analyze with precision are needed to succeed in the field of microbiology. Microbiology programs at Ontario colleges equip students with the advanced knowledge of microorganisms and the hands-on training they’ll need to join an industry that offers a variety of career paths.

If you’re interested in the sciences and want to start a career in microbiology, here’s what you need to know.

General Microbiology Program Requirements

Two- and three-year microbiology programs at Ontario Colleges require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, which includes a grade 12 English credit. A grade 11 or 12 mathematics credit is also required.

Typically, to be considered for a fast-track program you must have a post-secondary diploma or degree in a related program, such as biology or chemistry.

Microbiology Jobs and Salaries

Microbiology programs prepare students for work in areas like quality assurance, health and safety and more. Many Ontario college microbiology program graduates perform lab work in research and manufacturing facilities, but there are also opportunities in sales and production.

Industries of employment include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Cosmetics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Government
  • Health
  • Food

Similar to professionals in other scientific fields, microbiology technicians and technologists are usually paid competitive salaries. Entry-level salaries in this field are around $30,000; however, the average salary for those with experience is around $50,000 per year and can even go as high as $65,000 or more, depending on level of expertise and position.

Ontario Colleges Offering Microbiology Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of microbiology programs at Ontario colleges.

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