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Molecular Biologist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Studies plant and animal life and conducts research to understand molecular and biochemical processes. May teach molecular biology or specialize in clinical research, gene sequencing, 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 93 Molecular Biologist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 1912 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Biologist industry, which includes the Molecular Biologist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Molecular 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 $69,075.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $66,142.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Molecular Biologist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $58,755.

Education and Experience

Posted Molecular 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 Degree1%
Bachelor's Degree29%
Master's Degree47%
Doctoral Degree21%
Other2%

Posted Molecular 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 years39%
3 to 5 years41%
6 to 8 years12%
9+ years8%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Molecular 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 (61%)
  • Communication Skills (42%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (32%)
  • Troubleshooting (32%)
  • Organizational Skills (24%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Molecular Biology (82%)
  • Biology (62%)
  • Experiments (45%)
  • DNA (42%)
  • Biochemistry (36%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Quality Assurance and Control (18%)
  • Chemistry (15%)
  • Bioinformatics (15%)
  • Microbiology (14%)
  • Product Development (12%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Microarrays (6%)
  • Virology (6%)
  • Tissue Culture (6%)
  • Gene Expression (5%)
  • Gene Therapy (5%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Scientist II, Molecular Biology
  • Scientist III, Molecular Biology
  • Scientist, Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Biology 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 Molecular Biologist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (144)
  • Eurofins Scientific (65)
  • Pfizer (44)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb (27)
  • AbbVie (22)

North Carolina

  • Catalent Pharma Solutions (7)
  • Syngenta (5)
  • Eclaro (3)
  • Atlas (3)
  • Fdbt Fujifilm Diosynth (3)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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