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Microbiologist

Alternative Titles

Agricultural Microbiologist, Bacteriologist, Pathologist

Description

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

Tasks

  • 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