YOUR CAREER AS A
MICROBIOlOGIST/MICROSCOPY SCIENTIST

A microscopy scientist in forestry may utilise a number of specialist techniques to explore plant or wood cellular structure and function. The research component involves the study of biological structures in well-equipped laboratories with advanced technology to help them explore complex cell structures and their particular functions. The equipment may include scanning electron microscopes, confocal microscopes, computers with specific software that allows them to analyse obtained data, and many more.

SNAPSHOT INFO

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Earning Potential

$55,000 – $125,000

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Qualification Required

Science Honours degree + postgrad

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Physically Demanding

Lab-based

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Absence from home

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS

Generally microbiologists will have a minimum of an Honours degree in science, and will most likely have a postgraduate degree (masters or doctorate) specialised in microscopy. Skills required include:

See the Careers NZ website for more information about science careers in forestry.

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CAREER PROGRESSION

Researchers can move into more senior research positions and management roles, and consultancy. There is also potential for an academic career e.g. at a university. There is often the opportunity to work overseas for varying periods of time.