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Microbiologists study organisms 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.


Microbiologists usually earn

$35K-$75K per year

Senior microbiologists with PhDs usually earn

$76K-$130K per year

Source: NZBIO, 2016.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as a microbiologist are average – limited opportunities for those doing fundamental research, but good opportunities for applied researchers.
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Microbiologists study microscopic organisms such as bacteria

Last updated 9 July 2018