Students studying molecular biology can have careers as molecular biologists, biomedical researchers, university professors, entrepreneurs, environmental technicians, laboratory technicians, forensic scientists, geneticists, doctors, dentists, microbiologists, nutritionists, pharmaceutical sales representatives, physical therapists, physician assistants, research assistants, research coordinators, research scientists, research technicians, scientific editors, scientific Illustrators, technical writers, veterinarians and agricultural scientists. Molecular biology offers a vast selection of career paths to students and professionals in the industry.
Many undergraduate students in molecular biology continue with graduate school or medical school prior to entering the workforce. Molecular biologists enter the education industry to teach all levels of biology. For most careers in molecular biology, a Ph.D. is required to advance in the field.
Molecular biology students can enter other scientific fields based on specializations and expertise gained during their education. All molecular biology students are trained in basic biology, molecular biology, cellular biology, genetics, microbiology and advanced topics in graduate school.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) May 2013 report, individuals who enter the molecular biology industry can earn between $43,710 and $88,140 depending on their level of education, experience and job title. For example, a post-secondary biology teacher made an average of $87,080 in 2013. On the other hand, the BLS reported that molecular biologists categorized under the biochemist/biophysicist profession made approximately $93,280 per year as of 2013.