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Other names for Nematologist:

Animal Physiologist
Animal Scientist
Apicultural Scientist

What is a Nematologist?

Nematologists study nematodes!

What is a nematode?

A nematode is a roundworm.

They are the most abundant multi-cellular animals on the face of the earth.

They occur everywhere:

  • In soil (land and sea)
  • In decaying matter
  • In plants
  • In humans
  • In animals
  • In insects etc

A Nematologist will study the following:

  • Behaviour
  • Habitat
  • Ecology
  • Anatomy
  • Reproduction
  • Nutrition
  • Ecology
  • Diseases
  • Classification

What does a Nematologist do?

  • collects samples
  • they study nemotodes with regard to the different fields mentioned above
  • investigates and develops pest management
  • collects and researches
  • analyses data and compares with other scientists
  • attends conferences

Are you . . . ?

  • inquisitive?
  • interested in science?
  • methodical?
  • patient?
  • willing to do long hours of research?
  • willing to find samples in remote places?
  • organised?

How do I become a Nematologist?

Most Nematologists  start their career doing a Bachelor of Science (BSc) at one of our local universities. Some even do a BSc Agriculture.

Once you have your BSc it is recommended you do an Honours and PhD degrees in, for instance:

  • Nematology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Entomology
  • Microbiology etc



Relevant Honours degree in Nematology

Workplace experience

Registration with the SACNASP: South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions as a Professional Natural Scientist: (Pr.Sci.Nat)


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OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Mycologist … or … Bryologist

Is becoming a Nematologist the right career choice for me?