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.
- develop products, such as antibiotics, detergents or cosmetics, that either combat diseases caused by pathogenic micro-organisms or harness the positive capabilities of micro-organisms
- identify the microbes that cause illness, examining their susceptibility to antibiotics and giving advice on appropriate treatment
- prevent and control the spread of harmful microbes
- advise on public health policies
- examine natural products for their ability to inhibit the growth of dangerous microbes and apply their findings to the medical and food industries
- investigate the potential of microbes to improve human and animal health through nutrition
- develop and improve fermented drinks and foods
- research the 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
- use their knowledge of microbiology to minimise the environmental impact of production and aid the clean-up of existing pollution
- investigate the ways in which micro-organisms can be used to improve and enhance products that impact on quality of life, such as food and beverages
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.