Micro Biologists study micro-organisms, such as bacteria, viruses and fungi, and the effects they have on plants, animals, sea life and humans. They also develop products from micro-organisms to benefit humans or the environment.
What do Microbiologists do at work?
- analyse and perform tests and experiments on micro-organisms.
- identify and characterise micro-organisms, including those that cause disease.
- develop and use micro-organisms to produce vaccines, medicines, fuels and chemicals.
- grow micro-organisms to use in food.
- identify micro-organisms that may pollute food, water, and the environment.
- prepare reports and papers, and present results.
- provide technical guidance to assistants.
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of molecular biology and genetics, biochemistry and chemistry
- practical skills for performing experiments and operating scientific equipment.
- knowledge of laboratory hazards and proper safety procedures
- skill in analysing and interpreting research results and other information
- problem-solving skills
- presentation and writing skills for reports or grant proposals.
- maths and computer skills.
- To become a Micro Biologist, you need to have a Bachelor of Science majoring in microbiology, biotechnology, biochemistry or molecular biology.
- A postgraduate qualification, such as a Master’s degree or Doctorate, is usually required for research-based positions.
A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include NCEA 3 Biology, Maths, Chemistry and Physics.
$50,000 - $130,000