Work Experience and Required Professional Certifications & Accreditation
American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
A prerequisite before a microbiology technologist can perform work and gain actual experience as a qualified lab technologist is a certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology. This will serve as proof that the candidate has passed the tests administered in order to be considered as a qualified laboratory technician. Bear in mind that this is a general requirement for all those who perform lab work.
American College of Microbiology (ACM)
If an aspirant wants to attain a higher recognition of his expertise and skills, he should seek a certification from the American College of Microbiology (ACM) and be included in its roster of certified professional microbiologists known as the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists (NRCM). There are two types of membership certifications under this standard:
Registered Microbiologist (RM-NRCM0) - The membership title earned by the baccalaureate degree holders once they pass the ACM’s qualifying examinations; specializations in food safety and quality, pharmaceutical, and medical areas of field concentrations are required.
Specialist Microbiologist (SM-NRCM) - This membership title is earned once the microbiologist passes the ACM’s qualifying examinations. A completed Master’s and doctoral degrees in addition to the baccalaureate diplomas in microbiology and fields of specialization, particularly in biological safety, pharmaceutical, and medical areas of concentrations are prerequisites for this certification.
These are now the qualifications you will need in order to qualify for the best job prospects for microbiologists for different key positions in clinical and industrial research and development of various industries.
The highest-paying job offers for this profession are extended to those who have attained the utmost degrees of education, which are the MD and PhD or doctoral levels of specializations.
American Board of Microbiology (ABMM) or American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology (ABMLI).
An added credential to their qualifications is a professional accreditation from the American College of Microbiology (ACM) as an attestation that they have successfully passed the American Board of Microbiology (ABMM) or the American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology (ABMLI). These certifications earn them the eligibility to land top-paying jobs in the microbiology profession as scientists, administrators, directors, consultants, and corporate executives.
Now that we have established the qualifications for the top paying microbiologist job prospects, let us take a closer look at the different occupations for each job level.
Please proceed to the next page for information about microbiologist job prospects, the job descriptions, and pay data.