Molecular Biologist

Molecular biologists work in the branch of biology that studies the molecular basis of life specifically the interactions of various systems within a cell. They study DNA RNA and protein biosynthesis. In their work they make use of the combined principles of biology chemistry genetics and biochemistry. According to the website www.wisegeek.com many molecular biologists work in the area of expression cloning where they study how a particular segment of DNA is expressed or behaves when it is transferred from one plant or animal to another. In order to conduct their experiments they use high-tech equipment such as chromatographs thermocyclers and computers and some of their work involves using toxic chemicals. Molecular biologists do much of their work in laboratories conducting research on a wide range of topics including what role DNA plays in the inheritance of genetic disease. Many molecular biologists are employed by the biotechnology industry and pharmaceutical companies. They may also work for hospitals or for the government. However some hold academic positions where they teach and conduct research at colleges and universities. Molecular biologists need at least a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology biochemistry or microbiology with courses in genetics. However those that aspire to jobs that are higher than that of lab technicians or assistants must earn a master’s or Ph.D. degree. Molecular biologists who work in hospital settings may have M.D. degrees as well as a background in microbiology. According to the website www.ehow.com the earnings for molecular biologists depend on employer location and the level of their education. However job prospects for this career are positive and the average annual salary is approximately $57000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $57000
High Salary: $62000
Low Salary: $52000
Tasks: Studies DNA and genetics.
Examines bacteria and viruses.
Diagnoses infections.
Works in a laboratory setting.
Also Called: Laboratory Biologist
Biologist
Medical Microbiologist
Genetic Biologist
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