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Molecular and Cellular Biologists - 19-1029.02

O*NET-SOC Description

Research and study cellular molecules and organelles to understand cell function and organization.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Molecular Biologist
  • Research Scientist

SOC Occupation Groups

19-0000 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
19-1000 Life Scientists
19-1020 Biological Scientists
19-1029.00 Biological Scientists, All Other
19-1029.02 Molecular and Cellular Biologists

Related Occupations


  • Compile and analyze molecular or cellular experimental data and adjust experimental designs as necessary.
  • Conduct applied research aimed at improvements in areas such as disease testing, crop quality, pharmaceuticals, and the harnessing of microbes to recycle waste.
  • Conduct research on cell organization and function, including mechanisms of gene expression, cellular bioinformatics, cell signaling, or cell differentiation.
  • Confer with vendors to evaluate new equipment or reagents or to discuss the customization of product lines to meet user requirements.
  • Coordinate molecular or cellular research activities with scientists specializing in other fields.
  • Design databases, such as mutagenesis libraries.
  • Design molecular or cellular laboratory experiments, oversee their execution, and interpret results.
  • Develop assays that monitor cell characteristics.
  • Develop guidelines for procedures such as the management of viruses.
  • Direct, coordinate, organize, or prioritize biological laboratory activities.
  • Evaluate new supplies and equipment to ensure operability in specific laboratory settings.
  • Evaluate new technologies to enhance or complement current research.
  • Instruct undergraduate and graduate students within the areas of cellular or molecular biology.
  • Maintain accurate laboratory records and data.
  • Monitor or operate specialized equipment, such as gas chromatographs and high pressure liquid chromatographs, electrophoresis units, thermocyclers, fluorescence activated cell sorters, and phosphorimagers.
  • Participate in all levels of bioproduct development, including proposing new products, performing market analyses, designing and performing experiments, and collaborating with operations and quality control teams during product launches.
  • Perform laboratory procedures following protocols including deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequencing, cloning and extraction, ribonucleic acid (RNA) purification, or gel electrophoresis.
  • Prepare or review reports, manuscripts, or meeting presentations.
  • Provide scientific direction for project teams regarding the evaluation or handling of devices, drugs, or cells for in vitro and in vivo disease models.
  • Supervise technical personnel and postdoctoral research fellows.
  • Verify all financial, physical, and human resources assigned to research or development projects are used as planned.
  • Write grant applications to obtain funding.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze biological samples.
  • Coordinate cross-disciplinary research programs.
  • Develop biological research methods.
  • Develop new or advanced products or production methods.
  • Develop technical or scientific databases.
  • Direct medical science or healthcare programs.
  • Direct scientific activities.
  • Establish standards for medical care.
  • Evaluate new technologies or methods.
  • Inspect equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Instruct college students in physical or life sciences.
  • Manage scientific or technical project resources.
  • Operate laboratory or field equipment.
  • Plan biological research.
  • Prepare proposals or grant applications to obtain project funding.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
  • Proofread documents, records, or other files to ensure accuracy.
  • Read documents to gather technical information.
  • Record research or operational data.
  • Research crop management methods.
  • Research microbiological or chemical processes or structures.
  • Supervise scientific or technical personnel.
  • Write grant proposals.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Biochemistry (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biomedical Laboratory (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biomedical Laboratory, Biomedical Laboratory Science (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biomedical Laboratory, Blood Bank (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biomedical Laboratory, Clinical Chemistry (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biomedical Laboratory, Environmental and Industrial Hygiene Chemistry (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biomedical Laboratory, Hematology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biomedical Laboratory, Microbiology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biomedical Laboratory, Toxicologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Microbiologist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Microbiology (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physiologist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Biologist