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Alternative Titles

Agricultural Microbiologist, Bacteriologist, Pathologist


Study microscopic forms of life such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa, algae and fungi to increase scientific knowledge and help identify and control disease organisms.


  • Examine natural products for their ability to inhibit growth of dangerous microbes and apply findings to agricultural industries
  • Investigate microbiology of plants and use microbes to control pests, weeds and animal diseases
  • Study DNA and the use of bacteria to introduce specially engineered genes into an organism in order to fight disease or to change a specific feature of the organism
  • Examine micro-organisms, such as bacteria, fungi, yeast and their enzymes, and using the knowledge gained to create and develop new, and improve existing, products, materials and processes

Personal Requirements

  • problem solving skills
  • observational skills
  • communication skills
  • ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • analytical skills
  • enjoy research


A Microbiologist requires a degree in science majoring in microbiology, available at most universities across Australia. A degree in agriculture is also relevant. Research scientist or academic usually require a masters or doctorate degree in the specialist field.


Tertiary Education Providers

Charles Sturt University
University of New England
Sydney University
University of Western Sydney
Southern Cross University

University of Melbourne
La Trobe University

South Australia
University of Adelaide
Flinders University

Western Australia
Curtin University
University of Western Australia
Edith Cowan University
Murdoch University

University of Tasmania

University of Queensland
James Cook University
Central Queensland University
Griffith University
University of Southern Queensland

Australian National University


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