Molecular and Cellular Biologists


Salary Median (2017)


Projected Job Growth (2016-2026)

+8% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's Degree


What Molecular and Cellular Biologists Do

Research and study cellular molecules and organelles to understand cell function and organization.

Other Job Titles Molecular and Cellular Biologists May Have

Molecular Biology Director, Molecular Biology Professor

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Postdoctoral Researcher ,

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

I do lots of cell lab experiments working in a hood and taking care of cells in petri dishes that are grown inside of an incubator to mimic the human body. In the main lab, you'll see me doing lots of molecular biology and experiments involving manipulating DNA. I attend many seminars to hear about the work of others, and I give my own seminars to present my work as well. I also co-founded an org that promotes diversity amongst scientists, so there's some administrative work involved with that.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Verify all financial, physical, and human resources assigned to research or development projects are used as planned.
  • Participate in all levels of bioproduct development, including proposing new products, performing market analyses, designing and performing experiments, and collaborating with operations and quality control teams during product launches.
  • Evaluate new supplies and equipment to ensure operability in specific laboratory settings.
  • Develop guidelines for procedures such as the management of viruses.
  • Coordinate molecular or cellular research activities with scientists specializing in other fields.

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