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Microbiologist

Become an expert in microbiology and investigate the impact of organisms on food and health.

What's it like to be a Microbiologist?

Microbiologists are scientists who specialise in the field of microbiology. Microbiology is the study of organisms on a cellular level and is applied in many different aspects of modern society, from food production to public health and research and development.

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Microbiologists are degree–qualified experts who perform complex research and studies into the impact of microorganisms and microbes on society. They work in laboratories and offices in a range of industries including scientific, professional and technical services, manufacturing, healthcare and education and training.

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You need to complete a university degree in Science to work as a Microbiologist. Many Microbiologists complete postgraduate study. Some students wishing to attain the highest level of university degree may enter a Ph. D program, which takes a further three years of study.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in medical science majoring in Biology. This is typically a three–year course of full–time study. Prerequisite subjects include science, English and maths.
  2. Complete postgraduate study such as the Master of Science or Master of Applied Science (Microbiology). These courses typically take two years of full–time study to complete.
  3. Consider completing a Ph. D such as the Microbiology and Immunology – Ph. D. This is typically a three–year course of study.
  4. It is also recommended to join the Australian Society of Microbiologists (ASM). You can become a Student member while studying, and a Professional member after graduating from a minimum three–year qualification and completing two years of postgraduate work.

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May 2021
' Microbiology is a vast scoped career that anyone could be proud of . '
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of AgriScience (Honours)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Laboratory
The good things
Being engaged in the laboratory works most of the time has been fulfilling since I am a part of the team that decides whether the quality of the raw materials , in-process and finished products ar...
The challenges
The decision making and critical control points in a manufacturing industry is highly regarded that will safeguard the quality of the products being distributed in the market . Based on my expe...
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Mar 2021
" You won't know what's on the other side of the river if you will not cross the bridge . "
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science in Microbiology
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Quality Assurance
The good things
Being in the field of research , quality assurance / quality control , it is fulfilling to become a part of a team that contributed innovation in the company's needs for a product or new technolo...
The challenges
Being engaged in the field of research and quality control / laboratory testing , documentation , data gathering , patience and perseverance in working and performing one's duties and responsibili...
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