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Cell Biologist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Cell Biologist studies plant and animal life and conducts research to understand cells and cell systems. May teach cell biology or specialize in clinical research, cell culture, medical research and treatment, pharmaceutical, biotechnology or plant research. Directs research experiments and staff, operates specialized equipment and analyzes and reports research results.

Job Outlook

There were 58 Cell Biologist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 2708 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Biologist industry, which includes the Cell Biologist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Cell Biologist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $81,714.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $69,421.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Cell Biologist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $63,155.

Education and Experience

Posted Cell Biologist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree5.21%
Bachelor's Degree54.54%
Master's Degree33.31%
Doctoral Degree29.62%
Other9.31%

Posted Cell Biologist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years44.34%
3 to 5 years38.25%
6 to 8 years13.4%
9+ years4.02%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Cell Biologist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Research (37.37%)
  • Communication (35.67%)
  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (20.57%)
  • Detail Oriented (19.28%)
  • Writing (17.17%)
  • Self-Motivation (15.03%)
  • Management (14.18%)
  • Problem Solving (12.96%)
  • Operations (12.89%)
  • Presentations (12.59%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Stem Cell Biology (8.71%)
  • Cell Cultures (44%)
  • Biochemical Assays (23.11%)
  • Cell Biology (45.8%)
  • Biology (49.24%)
  • Molecular Biology (27.08%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Statistical Analysis (3.71%)
  • Laboratory Experience (12.34%)
  • Analytical Techniques (3.44%)
  • Assay Development (5.81%)
  • Laboratory Equipment (11.34%)
  • Tissue Culture (5.73%)
  • Chemistry (9.05%)
  • Workflow Management (6.72%)
  • Drug Discovery (3.28%)
  • Asepsis (10.89%)
  • Bioprocess (4.43%)
  • Automation (6.88%)
  • Biopharmaceuticals (8.06%)
  • Biochemistry (22.5%)
  • Biological Engineering (5.39%)
  • Data Analysis (16.5%)
  • Microscopy (6.34%)
  • Flow Cytometry (13.45%)
  • Immunology (13.1%)
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (11.57%)
  • Biotechnology (11.96%)
  • Cytology (18.41%)
  • Data Entry (3.93%)
  • Field Research (2.9%)
  • Data Collection (4.05%)
  • Life Sciences (7.91%)
  • Experimental Design (5.04%)
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent (ELISA) Assay (9.63%)
  • Experimentation (5.31%)
  • Pathology (7.75%)
  • Gynecology (9.24%)
  • Project Management (8.79%)
  • Standard Operating Procedure (6.61%)
  • Pharmaceuticals (4.16%)
  • Microbiology (7.45%)
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (8.17%)
  • Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reactions (7.72%)
  • Process Development (11.04%)
  • Ribonucleic Acid Sequencing (8.56%)
  • Mammalian Cell Cultures (16.62%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Cell Growth (2.25%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Cell Growth (100%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Cell Biologist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Cytologist
  • Cell Culture Scientist
  • Associate Scientist
  • Scientist
  • Biologist
  • Technology Intern
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Cytology Supervisor
  • Assistant Professor of Biology

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Cell Biologist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Stantec (100)
  • Cultured Meat Symposium (85)
  • University of California (84)
  • Eurofins (80)
  • Actalent (49)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific (45)
  • Sonic Healthcare USA (44)
  • Healthcare Connections (39)
  • Genentech (36)
  • AstraZeneca (35)

North Carolina

  • WakeMed (9)
  • United Therapeutics Corporation (5)
  • Actalent (4)
  • University of North Carolina (3)
  • Duke University (3)
  • East Carolina University (2)
  • TGI Friday's (2)
  • Labcorp Drug Development (2)
  • North Carolina State University (2)
  • Cultured Meat Symposium (2)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!