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Become A Molecular Biologist

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Working As A Molecular Biologist

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  • $65,589

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What Does A Molecular Biologist Do At Belcan

Will preform plant DNA isolation, PCR, plasmid DNA isolation, simple gene cloning

How To Become A Molecular Biologist

Medical scientists typically have a Ph.D., usually in biology or a related life science. Some medical scientists get a medical degree instead of a Ph.D., but prefer doing research to practicing as a physician.


Students planning careers as medical scientists typically pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or a related field. Undergraduate students benefit from taking a broad range of classes, including life sciences, physical sciences, and math. Students also typically take courses that develop communication and writing skills, because they must learn to write grants effectively and publish research findings.

After students have completed their undergraduate studies, they typically enter Ph.D. programs. Dual-degree programs are available that pair a Ph.D. with a range of specialized medical degrees. A few degree programs that are commonly paired with Ph.D. studies are Medical Doctor (M.D.), Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.), Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.), and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). Whereas Ph.D. studies focus on research methods, such as project design and data interpretation, students in dual-degree programs learn both the clinical skills needed to be a physician and the research skills needed to be a scientist.

Graduate programs emphasize both laboratory work and original research. These programs offer prospective medical scientists the opportunity to develop their experiments and, sometimes, to supervise undergraduates. Ph.D. programs culminate in a thesis that the candidate presents before a committee of professors. Students may specialize in a particular field, such as gerontology, neurology, or cancer.

Those who go to medical school spend most of the first 2 years in labs and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, microbiology, pathology, medical ethics, and medical law. They also learn how to record medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses. They may be required to participate in residency programs, meeting the same requirements that physicians and surgeons have to fulfill.

Medical scientists often continue their education with postdoctoral work. Postdoctoral work provides additional and more independent lab experience, including experience in specific processes and techniques such as gene splicing, which is transferable to other research projects.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Medical scientists primarily conduct research and typically do not need licenses or certifications. However, those who administer drugs, gene therapy, or otherwise practice medicine on patients in clinical trials or a private practice need a license to practice as a physician.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Communication is critical, because medical scientists must be able to explain their conclusions. In addition, medical scientists write grant proposals, because grants often are required to fund their research.

Critical-thinking skills. Medical scientists must use their expertise to determine the best method for solving a specific research question.

Data-analysis skills. Medical scientists use statistical techniques, so that they can properly quantify and analyze health research questions.

Decisionmaking skills. Medical scientists must determine what research questions to ask, how best to investigate the questions, and what data will best answer the questions.

Observation skills. Medical scientists conduct experiments that require precise observation of samples and other health data. Any mistake could lead to inconclusive or misleading results.

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Real Molecular Biologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Molecular Biologist General Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Jul 17, 2014 $121,935 -
Assistant Molecular Biologist General Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Jan 06, 2015 $121,935 -
Molecular Biologist Dow Agrosciences, LLC Indianapolis, IN Oct 01, 2011 $102,588
Molecular Biologist Forge Life Science, LLC Doylestown, PA Nov 22, 2012 $100,000
Plant Molecular Biologist (SR. Scientist) R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Winston-Salem, NC Oct 08, 2016 $95,760
Molecular Biologist Pathogenica, Inc. Cambridge, MA Oct 01, 2012 $93,644
Molecular Biologist Pathogenica, Inc. Cambridge, MA Oct 01, 2012 $92,872
Molecular & Cellular Biologist Patent Advisor Browdy and Neimark, PLLC Washington, DC Jan 02, 2013 $90,000
Molecular Biologist Bionascent Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 03, 2016 $90,000
Associate Professor/Molecular Biologist Howard University Washington, DC Feb 28, 2011 $90,000
Molecular Biologist Baron Hr, LLC San Diego, CA Nov 15, 2012 $89,444
Molecular Biologist Baron Hr, LLC San Diego, CA Nov 10, 2012 $89,440
Molecular Biologist JML Benefits Group San Diego, CA Aug 22, 2011 $89,440
Research Molecular Biologist USDA, Agricultural Research Service MS Jan 03, 2011 $68,809
Research Molecular Biologist Us Department of Agriculture MS Jan 03, 2011 $68,809
Molecular Biologist U.S. Department of Agriculture Beltsville, MD Aug 31, 2011 $68,712
Scientist III, Molecular Biologist Life Technologies Corporation Carlsbad, CA Aug 26, 2016 $68,700 -
Molecular Biologist The Omo Group, Inc. San Antonio, TX May 07, 2016 $68,000
Molecular Biologist Advanced Proteome Therapeutics, Inc. Boston, MA Sep 13, 2014 $64,000
Molecular Biologist Advanced Proteome Therapeutics Inc. Boston, MA Sep 12, 2014 $64,000
Research Plant Molecular Biologist United States Department of Agriculture Fort Pierce, FL Sep 25, 2012 $63,148
Research Molecular Biologist U.S. Department of Agriculture Beltsville, MD Jun 01, 2011 $62,467
Research Molecular Biologist U.S. Department of Agriculture Beltsville, MD Oct 21, 2012 $62,457
Research Molecular Biologist U.S. Department of Agriculture Beltsville, MD Jun 01, 2012 $62,457
Research Molecular Biologist United States Department of Agriculture Beltsville, MD Aug 01, 2011 $62,457
Molecular Biologist ACGT, Inc. Wheeling, IL Apr 19, 2016 $62,000

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Top Skills for A Molecular Biologist


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Top Molecular Biologist Skills

  1. Laboratory Equipment
  2. Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction
  3. Gene
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Negotiated procurement of all laboratory equipment.
  • Assisted the genetic counselors with patient intake, tracking and interface, technical writing and other administrative tasks.
  • Managed cell lab, cryogenic storage, cell culture support, and training.
  • Isolated and purified insect viral cells, which led to soluble protein expression.
  • Trained assigned personnel in experimental procedures in accordance with approved animal use protocols.

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