YOUR CAREER AS A
MOLECULAR BIOLOGIST

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.

SNAPSHOT INFO

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Earning Potential

$55,000 – $125,000

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Qualification Required

Honours in Science + postgrad

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Physically Demanding

Lab based

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Absence from home

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS

Generally molecular biologists have a minimum of an Honours degree in science, and will most likely have a postgraduate degree specialised in molecular biology.

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CAREER PROGRESSION

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.