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Microbiologists

ANZSCO ID 234517

Overview

All Life Scientists

  • $1,794 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

Microbiologists

  • 730 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 78% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 71% female Gender Share

Microbiologists study microscopic forms of life such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa.

Specialisations: Bacteriologist (Non-medical).

You need a bachelor degree in science, biomedical science, biological science or medical science majoring in microbiology to work as a Microbiologist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks
  • Investigates the chemical structure and function of living cells and their isolated components, organs and tissues in humans, animals, plants, and micro-organisms.
  • Examines micro-organisms, such as bacteria, fungi, yeast and their enzymes, and uses the knowledge gained to create and develop new, and improve existing, products, materials and processes.

Prospects

Pathways

You need a bachelor degree in science, biomedical science, biological science or medical science majoring in microbiology to work as a Microbiologist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Life Scientists who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Biology

    94% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  2. English language

    77% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Chemistry

    71% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  4. Education and training

    67% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. Mathematics

    64% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  6. Computers and electronics

    58% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  7. Administration and management

    55% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  8. Medicine and dentistry

    51% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  9. Clerical

    50% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  10. Personnel and human resources

    47% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  11. Communications and media

    40% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  12. Public safety and security

    40% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  13. Engineering and technology

    39% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  14. Physics

    39% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  15. Mechanical

    38% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  16. Law and government

    38% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  17. Customer and personal service

    34% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  18. Production and processing

    31% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  19. Psychology

    29% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  20. Telecommunications

    18% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Active learning

    70% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  3. Science

    66% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  4. Writing

    64% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  5. Critical thinking

    63% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  6. Judgment and decision making

    61% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  7. Active listening

    59% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  8. Learning strategies

    59% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  9. Monitoring

    59% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  10. Complex problem solving

    57% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  11. Mathematics

    57% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  12. Speaking

    57% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  13. Instructing

    54% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  14. Management of personnel resources

    54% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  15. Systems analysis

    54% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  16. Time management

    54% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  17. Coordination with others

    52% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  18. Systems evaluation

    52% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  19. Social perceptiveness

    48% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  20. Operations analysis

    46% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Inductive reasoning

    77% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  2. Problem spotting

    75% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  3. Oral comprehension

    73% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Categorising

    71% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  5. Near vision

    71% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  6. Oral expression

    71% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  7. Written comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  8. Written expression

    71% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  9. Deductive reasoning

    70% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  10. Originality

    64% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  11. Flexibility of closure

    63% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  12. Brainstorming

    61% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  13. Sorting or ordering

    59% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  14. Finger dexterity

    57% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  15. Mathematics

    57% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  16. Speech recognition

    54% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  17. Working with numbers

    54% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  18. Perceptual speed

    50% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  19. Selective attention

    50% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  20. Speech clarity

    48% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    89% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  2. Collecting and organising information

    86% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  3. Thinking creatively

    84% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  4. Making sense of information and ideas

    83% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  5. Looking for changes over time

    83% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  6. Researching and investigating

    82% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  7. Planning and prioritising work

    81% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  8. Making decisions and solving problems

    79% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  9. Explaining things to people

    75% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  10. Communicating within a team

    74% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  11. Documenting or recording information

    73% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  12. Monitoring people, processes and things

    73% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  13. Building good relationships

    73% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  14. Communicating with the public

    72% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  15. Training and teaching others

    71% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  16. Coaching and developing others

    70% Skill level

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  17. Guiding and directing staff

    68% Skill level

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  18. Coming up with systems and processes

    66% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  19. Checking compliance with standards

    61% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  20. Working with computers

    55% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-1022.00 - Microbiologists.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    96% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Being exact or accurate

    95% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    95% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    95% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    92% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  6. Telephone

    90% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  7. Freedom to make decisions

    85% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  8. Contact with people

    84% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  9. Disease or infection

    84% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  10. Unstructured work

    84% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  11. Teamwork

    83% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  12. Health and safety of others

    82% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  13. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    78% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  14. Letters and memos

    75% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  15. Time pressure

    74% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  16. Lead or coordinate a team

    73% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  17. Dangerous conditions

    73% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  18. Competition

    72% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  19. Responsible for outcomes

    70% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  20. Impact of decisions

    68% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Recognition

    76% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  2. Achievement

    71% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  3. Independence

    71% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Working conditions

    67% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Relationships

    62% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Support

    57% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    67% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    43% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Enterprising

    29% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Helping

    24% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    19% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-1022.00 - Microbiologists.

All Life Scientists

  • $1,794 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

Microbiologists

  • 730 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 78% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 71% female Gender Share

Microbiologists study microscopic forms of life such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa.

Specialisations: Bacteriologist (Non-medical).

You need a bachelor degree in science, biomedical science, biological science or medical science majoring in microbiology to work as a Microbiologist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks
  • Investigates the chemical structure and function of living cells and their isolated components, organs and tissues in humans, animals, plants, and micro-organisms.
  • Examines micro-organisms, such as bacteria, fungi, yeast and their enzymes, and uses the knowledge gained to create and develop new, and improve existing, products, materials and processes.

You need a bachelor degree in science, biomedical science, biological science or medical science majoring in microbiology to work as a Microbiologist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Employers look for Life Scientists who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Biology

    94% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  2. English language

    77% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Chemistry

    71% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  4. Education and training

    67% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. Mathematics

    64% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  6. Computers and electronics

    58% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  7. Administration and management

    55% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  8. Medicine and dentistry

    51% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  9. Clerical

    50% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  10. Personnel and human resources

    47% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  11. Communications and media

    40% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  12. Public safety and security

    40% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  13. Engineering and technology

    39% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  14. Physics

    39% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  15. Mechanical

    38% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  16. Law and government

    38% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  17. Customer and personal service

    34% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  18. Production and processing

    31% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  19. Psychology

    29% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  20. Telecommunications

    18% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Active learning

    70% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  3. Science

    66% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  4. Writing

    64% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  5. Critical thinking

    63% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  6. Judgment and decision making

    61% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  7. Active listening

    59% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  8. Learning strategies

    59% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  9. Monitoring

    59% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  10. Complex problem solving

    57% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  11. Mathematics

    57% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  12. Speaking

    57% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  13. Instructing

    54% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  14. Management of personnel resources

    54% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  15. Systems analysis

    54% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  16. Time management

    54% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  17. Coordination with others

    52% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  18. Systems evaluation

    52% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  19. Social perceptiveness

    48% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  20. Operations analysis

    46% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Inductive reasoning

    77% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  2. Problem spotting

    75% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  3. Oral comprehension

    73% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Categorising

    71% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  5. Near vision

    71% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  6. Oral expression

    71% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  7. Written comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  8. Written expression

    71% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  9. Deductive reasoning

    70% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  10. Originality

    64% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  11. Flexibility of closure

    63% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  12. Brainstorming

    61% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  13. Sorting or ordering

    59% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  14. Finger dexterity

    57% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  15. Mathematics

    57% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  16. Speech recognition

    54% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  17. Working with numbers

    54% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  18. Perceptual speed

    50% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  19. Selective attention

    50% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  20. Speech clarity

    48% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    89% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  2. Collecting and organising information

    86% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  3. Thinking creatively

    84% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  4. Making sense of information and ideas

    83% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  5. Looking for changes over time

    83% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  6. Researching and investigating

    82% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  7. Planning and prioritising work

    81% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  8. Making decisions and solving problems

    79% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  9. Explaining things to people

    75% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  10. Communicating within a team

    74% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  11. Documenting or recording information

    73% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  12. Monitoring people, processes and things

    73% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  13. Building good relationships

    73% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  14. Communicating with the public

    72% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  15. Training and teaching others

    71% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  16. Coaching and developing others

    70% Skill level

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  17. Guiding and directing staff

    68% Skill level

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  18. Coming up with systems and processes

    66% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  19. Checking compliance with standards

    61% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  20. Working with computers

    55% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-1022.00 - Microbiologists.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    96% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Being exact or accurate

    95% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    95% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    95% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    92% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  6. Telephone

    90% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  7. Freedom to make decisions

    85% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  8. Contact with people

    84% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  9. Disease or infection

    84% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  10. Unstructured work

    84% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  11. Teamwork

    83% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  12. Health and safety of others

    82% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  13. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    78% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  14. Letters and memos

    75% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  15. Time pressure

    74% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  16. Lead or coordinate a team

    73% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  17. Dangerous conditions

    73% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  18. Competition

    72% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  19. Responsible for outcomes

    70% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  20. Impact of decisions

    68% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Recognition

    76% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  2. Achievement

    71% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  3. Independence

    71% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Working conditions

    67% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Relationships

    62% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Support

    57% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    67% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    43% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Enterprising

    29% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Helping

    24% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    19% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-1022.00 - Microbiologists.
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