The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) predicts that employment for biological and medical scientists will grow much faster than the average through 2018. However, federal government research and development expenditures have slowed in recent years. Competition will be keen for jobs, and for winning and renewing research grants. The DOL reports that currently only 25 percent (or one in four) of grant proposals are approved. Microbiologists with advanced degrees may find more opportunities in private industry.

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