Examine microscopic life to develop medical, veterinary, industrial and environmental applications.
As a microbiologist you could be employed in federal, state, territory and local government organisations, including research organisations and hospitals.
You will also find positions in the private sector in a wide range of industries, such as agriculture, food production and pharmaceuticals.
The following study pathway shows the most common and direct route for a UWA student to pursue this career.
This course is required to pursue this career.
Other relevant majors include:
Postgraduate study is not required for this occupation, but may be helpful for career advancement.
Relevant postgraduate courses include:
Research study is not required for this occupation, but may be helpful for career advancement.
Relevant research courses include:
Research Assistant, TVW Telethon Institute for Child Health.
I originally planned to do medicine, but I stayed with science in microbiology, my favourite subject at UWA.
I started working at the TVW Telethon Institute for Child Health one month after completing my thesis. I find it particularly rewarding to be involved in a research field where the objective is the treatment of children's ailments, in particular childhood leukaemia and primordial neuroectodermal tumours in children.
My work requires a diverse knowledge of experimental procedures, the ability to work as a team member, and practical and mental skills to achieve fulfilling results in a very competitive and complex field of research. I find the lab skills and fundamentals of immunology and biochemistry that I learnt at UWA invaluable in my career.