Molecular and Cellular Biologists

Molecular Biologists Prepares Experiment

Molecular and cellular biologists, also known as biological scientists and life scientists, study the processes and codes of cells and molecules in humans, microorganisms, plants, and animals. They aim to understand the organization and function of cellular components. They perform research in many specialties that advance the fields of medicine, agriculture, and industry. They work in laboratory settings, in government agencies, and in academia. Approximately 37,590 biological scientists (all other not specified by the Department of Labor) and 21,870 microbiologists are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Biological Scientists, Life Scientists
Duties Study the structures and functions of cells on the molecular level; use microscopes, computer software, and other tools to conduct research and analyze data
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
Experience Five or more years experience; on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
Skills
  • Organizational
  • Research
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Project Chief or Professor
  • Molecular and Cellular Biologist
  • Biological Technician