Agricultural Microbiologist

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A Microbiologist studies microscopic life forms and processes such as bacteria, viruses, algae or fungi, and the effects they have on plants, animals, and humans. 

They also develop products and procedures to benefit humans or the environment.

Agricultural Microbiologists study plant-associated microbes, plant and animal diseases, and soil microbes, for example.

Generally, Agricultural Microbiologists have a Bachelor of Science degree in:

  • Microbiology
  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology

For research-based positions, a postgraduate qualification (Master’s or PhD) is required.

Find out more about being a Microbiologist at CareersNZ.


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For a career in science

For a science career (Research Technician, Statistician, Farm Advisor or Farm Systems Modeller), but not working as a scientist, you will need an undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s Degree) which generally takes three years’ university study.

To be a scientist

You need a postgraduate qualification (Master's or Doctorate) which takes four or more years’ university study. You could be an Animal Behaviour Scientist, Plant or Animal Geneticist, Agricultural Microbiologist or Reproduction Scientist.

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