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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