Undergraduate Major Details


What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The Microbiology major is in the College of Biological Sciences.

A great starting point when you are unsure what careers relate to your academic interests. Check out specific job titles, work places and links to related professional organizations:


The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
California Department of Public Health
Carepoint Pharmacy
Child Family Health International
CommuniCare Health Centers
Lam Research
McCarthy Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine
Paul Hom Asian Clinic
Private Optometrist Office
Rite Aid Pharmacy
Sacramento Contact Lenses and Optometry Inc.
Sutter Health / Medical Center, Sacramento / General Hospital
Sutter Medical Center Sacramento
Takada Lab_UCDMC_Medical Dermatology/Biochemistry and Molecular
UC Davis Clinica Tepati
UC Davis Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
UC Davis Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis MIND Institute
UC Davis School Of Medicine
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (UCDSVM)
UC Davis School Veterinary Medicine Department of Population Health and Reproduction
UCDMC Cardiology Davis Tower 6
UCDMC Child Life
UCDMC Emergency Room
UCDMC Endoscopy
UCDMC Operating Room
UCDMC Pediatric Emergency Room
UCDMC Pediatric General Clinic
UCDMC Same Day Surgery Center
UCDMC Urgent Care
UCDSOM Department of Surgery
United States Forest Service Institute of Forest Genetics
USFS Institute of Forest Genetics
VietNamese Cancer Awareness Education & Research Society
Vietnamese Cancer Awareness Research and Education Society (VN CARES)
Yolo County Health Department

Graduating Class Demographics

The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.

Year Graduating Class Completed First Destination Survey Response Rate
2012-13 45 16 35.6%
2013-14 56 12 21.4%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.

Year Employed* Seeking Employment Attending Graduate School Other+
2012-13 37.5% 43.8% 12.5% 6.3%
2013-14 45.5% 18.2% 27.3% 9.1%
2014-15 47.1% 47.1% 5.9% 0.0%
2015-17 22.2% 22.2% 55.6% 0.0%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.


Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.

Companies Position
Adecco Research Associate
CloudCar Software Engineer
Lam Research Supply Chain Business Manager
Monsanto Lab Tech III
NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Research Associate
PrimusLabs Food Safety Microbiologist
Safety Systems Technology Embedded Systems Engineer
Sutter Winery Lab Technician
University of California, Berkeley Lab Technician
University of California, Davis Junior Specialist

Salary Summary Statistics

The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.

Year Mean Median
2012-14 $49,888 $43,000
2014-15 $40,000 $43,000
2015-17 $47,285 $43,000