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Science and Research Careers | Cell Biologist

Cell Biologist

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.

Job Outlook

There were 116 Cell Biologist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 5357 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:

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 $72,762.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $64,764.

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 $60,877.

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 Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree28%
Master's Degree49%
Doctoral Degree23%
Other0%

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 years41%
3 to 5 years40%
6 to 8 years11%
9+ years9%

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 (65%)
  • Communication Skills (53%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (40%)
  • Troubleshooting (29%)
  • Organizational Skills (29%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Cell Culturing (65%)
  • Biology (55%)
  • Cell Biology (55%)
  • Experiments (49%)
  • Molecular Biology (47%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • DNA (16%)
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) (15%)
  • Cancer knowledge (14%)
  • Experimental Design (13%)
  • Chemistry (13%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Virology (6%)
  • Gene Expression (6%)
  • Biomarkers (6%)
  • Protein Expression (5%)
  • Genomics (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 $2,118

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
  • Biologist
  • Associate Research Scientist
  • Senior Scientist

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

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (199)
  • Pfizer (161)
  • Eurofins Scientific (138)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb (111)
  • Astrazeneca (95)

North Carolina

  • Fdbt Fujifilm Diosynth (7)
  • Iqvia (6)
  • Fujifilm (6)
  • United Therapeutics Corporation (5)
  • Lifeedit Therapeutics (5)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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