Microbiologists focus on disease diagnosis, treatment and surveillance on a bacterial, viral and fungal level. This involves the analysis and testing of micro-organisms - those which cause disease and those which have the potential to contribute to medicines and vaccines. The study of Microbiology contributes towards many different areas including biochemistry and biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, genetics and pharmacology. Career potential in this field is thought to be good, as the biotechnology industry shows strong growth and demand increases for microbiologists in:

  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Government Departments for agriculture
  • Laboratory work for the food and beverage industry
  • Environmental Industries/Waste Management
  • Clinical settings in Medicine and Public Health

Microbiologists must able to work in a highly detailed and accurate manner utilising analytical skills and the ability to make sound clinical judgements. Observational and communication skills are also important for result analysis and presentation.