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Food Microbiologist

Research, detect and analyse micro-organisms that occur in food, and develop methods to detect and manage their effects on food quality and food safety.

Alternative Titles

  • Food Scientist


  • Test samples from food products and production lines, isolating and identifying the microbes
  • Prevent and control the spread of harmful microbes in the food industry
  • Advise the government on public health policies
  • Investigate how micro-organisms can be used to improve and enhance the quality of food products

Personal Requirements

  • organisational skills
  • communication skills
  • problem solving skills
  • analytical skills
  • computer skills
  • negotiation skills



A Food Microbiologist requires a degree in biology, chemistry or nutrition, available at most universities across Australia. Research scientist or academic will usually require a masters or doctorate degree in the specialist field.

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