Cellular Biologist

Examine how cells work.
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$39,000 – $102,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Cellular Biologists do?

All living things are made up of cells. These teeny-tiny bodies reproduce, create energy, fight disease, and sometimes become diseased themselves. A Cellular Biologist studies cells to determine how they function, and tries to find ways to help those cells work just a bit better.

Many diseases can be spotted at the cellular level. The hope is that those diseases can be stopped when they’re mere cells. Because of the nature of the things you study, you’ll probably work for a health care organization or a pharmaceutical company during your career as a Cellular Biologist.

Studying the work that other Cellular Biologists have published helps you develop theories. Spending your weekends immersed in dusty research books and glossy biology magazines helps you advance in your career. When you develop a theory about cells and disease, it’s time to experiment.

You write down how your experiment will work, what it will attempt to prove, and what results you expect to see. Accurate records can turn a hunch into a fact, so you’re extremely precise in all of the writing and documentation you do. Some cells are set aside and won’t be toyed with at all. Others are given medications, treatments, additives, or other torments.

You document in great detail how the cells react. Hourly checks of your cells become second nature, and you may find that you no longer need to wear a watch. At the end of the research, you meet with your Supervisor to discuss your results. New therapies may be developed based on your studies, which may allow you to add the words “Disease Buster” to your title.

Should I be a Cellular Biologist?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Cell Biologist

    How to become a Cellular Biologist

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