What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
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.
There were 139 Cell Biologist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 5950 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 2012:
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.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $72,958.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $64,875.
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 $60,829.
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.
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 Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||39%|
|3 to 5 years||40%|
|6 to 8 years||11%|
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.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Research (66%)
- Communication Skills (53%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (42%)
- Troubleshooting (29%)
- Organizational Skills (28%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Cell Culturing (63%)
- Biology (56%)
- Cell Biology (55%)
- Experiments (51%)
- Molecular Biology (47%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- DNA (17%)
- Cancer knowledge (14%)
- Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) (14%)
- Experimental Design (12%)
- Oncology (12%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Biomarkers (6%)
- Gene Expression (6%)
- Virology (6%)
- Genomics (6%)
- Protein Expression (5%)
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 along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.
- Premarket Approval Application (1%) – marginal value $2,596
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Cell Biologist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Associate Scientist
- Research Scientist
- Senior Scientist
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.
- Molecular Biologist
- Biology Research Scientist
- Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Process Engineer
- Pharmacology Research Scientist
- Computational Biologist
- Assay Development Scientist
Here are the employers that have posted the most Cell Biologist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Pfizer (148)
- Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (147)
- Eurofins Scientific (138)
- Bristol-Myers Squibb (114)
- Johnson & Johnson (114)
- Fujifilm (26)
- Pfizer (7)
- Biogen (7)
- Iqvia (6)
- Lifeedit Therapeutics (5)
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!