Molecular Biology Requirements
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Molecular biology undergraduates study diverse areas, such as gene regulation and structure, cellular organization, protein biochemistry and transport, developmental biology, neurobiology, immunology, virology, oncology, structural biology, biophysics, and bioinformatics. Students learn how the body (and other organisms) work — from how DNA determines body features and health to how bacteria and viruses compete with the immune system, how the brain functions, and the molecular basis and current treatments of cancers.
Most students go on to medical school or to graduate school. Others take positions in government and industry or study law or public health.
Molecular Biology Careers
The career trajectory of people with a Molecular Biology degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Molecular Biology degrees have experience in is Molecular Biologist, followed by Biologist, Biotechnician, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist, Scientist, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technician, Geneticist, Chemical Technician, Pharmacy Technician, and Immunologist.
|Career||% of graduates||% of population||Multiple|
|Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist||1.5%||0.1%||19.7×|
|Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technician||2.6%||0.1%||17.6×|
Molecular Biology Salary
Molecular Biology graduates earn on average $40k, putting them in the 60th percentile of earners with a degree.
|Percentile||Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)|
|25th (bottom earners)||$29k|
|Median (average earners)||$40k|
|75th (top earners)||$47k|
Molecular Biology Underemployment
Molecular Biology graduates are moderately employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.
|Employment Type||Proportion of graduates|
|Jobs that don't require college||30%|