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Earning a PhD is a significant accomplishment and it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the variety of career options available after you graduate. Do you want to continue your research training as a postdoc? Work in the biotech industry? Apply your teaching experience at a college or university? There are many professional possibilities to consider!

Explore possible careers

Career paths for individuals with a PhD in Microbiology span a range of areas, so it's important to explore different options while considering which may be the best fit for you. The College of Natural Sciences Postdoc Association provides a number of valuable resources for graduate students and postdocs. These include a professional development seminar series with information on different career options, preparing to job search, and strategies for the actual application process.  Please contact Anne Tibbetts, Director for Postgraduate Education, for more information.

Review job listings and build skills

If you already know the career path you plan to follow, exploring job listings will help you understand the expectations and salaries for various roles in your chosen field. Reviewing the entry requirements for different roles is also a great way to identify skills that you may need to develop before entering the job market. The Graduate School, College of Natural Sciences, and the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics each offer many opportunities for graduate students to hone their professional skills.

Get Expert Guidance

The Career Design Center provides avenues to help you plan and execute the next stage of your professional life. In addition to informational resources, the Career Design Center also offers one-on-one career coaching sessions. To schedule an individual consultation with Dr. Po-Tsan Ku, the College of Natural Sciences Career Development Specialist, please call the Career Design Center at 512-471-6700.