Molecular & Cellular Biologists
Also called: Molecular Biologist, Research Scientist
In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Army, or Navy.
In the Air Force: Biomedical Laboratory; Biomedical Laboratory, Biomedical Laboratory Science; Biomedical Laboratory, Blood Bank; Biomedical Laboratory, Clinical Chemistry; Biomedical Laboratory, Environmental and Industrial Hygiene Chemistry; Biomedical Laboratory, Hematology; Biomedical Laboratory, Microbiology; Biomedical Laboratory, Toxicologist
In the Army: Biochemistry; Microbiology
In the Navy: Microbiologist; Physiologist
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From the smallest microorganism to the giant blue whale, every living thing is of interest to biologists, who study the basic principles of plant and animal life. Biologists use the scientific method, testing their ideas or hypotheses through experimentation, to investigate questions about the origin of life, its development, and the relationships between living things, as well as a creature’s anatomy and how it functions in its environment. Whether they’re working in a lab, out in the field, or at a university, biologists collect and analyze biological data, although the specifics of their research are as varied as the creatures in nature. For example, some biologists may work almost exclusively with computer models, while others may spend months collecting and studying specimens at sea. Many specialize in working with plants, animals, or the environment. Biologists need strong communication skills. Their work is often as much about interacting with people and institutions as it is focusing on DNA or anatomy. A career in biology generally requires a bachelor’s degree in the field. Many biologists attend graduate school to earn more advanced research positions or professorships.
What they do:Research and study cellular molecules and organelles to understand cell function and organization.
On the job, you would:
- Maintain accurate laboratory records and data.
- Design molecular or cellular laboratory experiments, oversee their execution, and interpret results.
- Write grant applications to obtain funding.
Math and Science
Arts and Humanities
Education and Training
Engineering and Technology
People and Technology Systems
Ideas and Logic
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