Microbiologist Kaimātai Koiora Mororiki

Microbiologists study micro-organisms, such as bacteria, viruses and fungi, and the effects they have on plants, animals and humans. They also develop products from micro-organisms to benefit humans or the environment.

Microbiologists may do some or all of the following:

  • analyse and perform tests and experiments on micro-organisms
  • identify and characterise micro-organisms, including those that cause disease
  • develop and use micro-organisms for the production of vaccines, medicines, fuels and chemicals  
  • grow micro-organisms to use in food such as yoghurt and cheese
  • identify micro-organisms that may pollute food, water and the environment
  • prepare reports and papers, and present results
  • provide technical guidance to assistants.


Useful Experience

Useful experience for microbiologists includes laboratory work.

Personal Qualities

Microbiologists need to be:

  • patient, persistent and inquiring
  • analytical, accurate and careful
  • motivated
  • innovative
  • able to communicate complex ideas simply.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for microbiologists includes laboratory work.

Microbiologists can earn around $39K-$75K per year per year.

Microbiologists may progress to senior positions or project leadership, or move into medical sales, policy work or teaching.

With further training they may specialise in:

  • bacteriology
  • environmental/medical microbiology
  • food/industrial microbiology 
  • parasitology
  • virology.  

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