YOUR CAREER AS A
Every living thing is made up of cells. We still do not completely understand all the complex functions that take place in cells on a molecular level. It is the sophisticated way biological molecules cooperate, interconnect, and localise that intrigues molecular biologists and motivates them to discover the secrets of cells. A molecular biologist will also extract DNA from plants, fungi, or insects, and use the sequences they uncover to learn about differences between species or cultivars.
$55,000 – $125,000
Honours in Science + postgrad
Absence from home
Generally molecular biologists have a minimum of an Honours degree in science, and will most likely have a postgraduate degree specialised in molecular biology.
- A curious, inquiring mind
- Technical aptitude
- Analytical skills
- Attention to detail and patience.
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Researchers can move into more senior research positions and management roles, and consultancy. There is also potential for an academic career e.g. at a university. There is often the opportunity to work overseas for varying periods of time.