Pay for microbiologists depends on their qualifications and experience.
Microbiologists with Bachelor's degrees working at technician level usually earn around $35,000 to $55,000 a year.
Those with Master's degrees usually earn around $55,000 to $75,000.
Senior microbiologists who have PhDs usually earn $76,000 to $94,000.
With more responsibility and experience, pay could rise to about $130,000 or more.
Source : NZBIO, 2016.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Microbiologists may do some or all of the following :
analyse and / or perform tests and experiments on micro-organisms
identify and characterise micro-organisms, including those that cause disease
develop and use micro-organisms for the production of fuels and chemicals
develop micro-organisms and the products of their growth for use in vaccines and medicines
grow micro-organisms to use in food such as yoghurt and cheese
identify micro-organisms that may pollute food, water and the environment
find ways for micro-organisms to help humans
prepare reports and papers, and present results
provide technical guidance to assistants.
Skills and knowledge
Microbiologists need to have :
knowledge of molecular biology and genetics, biochemistry and chemistry
practical skills for performing experiments and operating scientific equipment
knowledge of laboratory hazards and proper safety procedures
skill in analysing and interpreting research results and other information
writing skills, for reports or grant proposals
maths and computer skills.
typically work regular business hours, but for some projects may need to work evenings and weekends
work in laboratories and offices, but also work in the field collecting samples or performing field trials
may travel locally and overseas to attend workshops and conferences.
To become a microbiologist you need to have a Bachelor of Science, majoring in microbiology, biotechnology, biochemistry or molecular biology.
A postgraduate qualification, such as a Master's degree or Doctorate, is usually required for those wanting to enter research-based positions.
A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. NCEA Level 3 in biology, maths, chemistry and physics are recommended.
Microbiologists need to be :
patient, persistent and inquiring
analytical, accurate and careful
able to communicate complex ideas simply.
Useful experience for microbiologists includes laboratory work, or medical laboratory experience if working in a medical setting.