Molecular Biologist

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Molecular Biologists study the structures and functions of cells at a molecular level.

They are interested in the biochemical processes within the living cells of animals, people, plants, and other living organisms.

Molecular biologists must be proficient in genetics, biology, physiology, and chemistry, and often work in labs with advanced equipment.

In the agricultural sector, Molecular Biologists might engineer new crops or study the impact of drugs on safe gene growth. They might study the endocrine system (a hormone system) and vaccines, for example.

Generally, Molecular Biologists start with a Bachelor of Science in:

  • Microbiology
  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology

A postgraduate degree (Master’s) is required for research-based positions.

Watch this video about a day in the life of a biotechnologist.

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Education

For a career in science

For a science career (Research Technician, Statistician, Farm Advisor or Farm Systems Modeller), but not working as a scientist, you will need an undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s Degree) which generally takes three years’ university study.

To be a scientist

You need a postgraduate qualification (Master's or Doctorate) which takes four or more years’ university study. You could be an Animal Behaviour Scientist, Plant or Animal Geneticist, Agricultural Microbiologist or Reproduction Scientist.

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