To date, we’ve asked 28 current and past molecular biology students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it average.

Your major should make you feel excited to put the knowledge and skills you learn to work.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a molecular biology degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a molecular biology degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are molecular biology students compared to other degrees?

Overall, molecular biology students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.0 out of 5. This is low compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, molecular biology students rate their happiness similarly to students in Recreation and Fitness, Geology and Teacher Education and Professional Development.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to molecular biology

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Business$87,125
Chemistry$66,961
Architecture$83,563
Education and Teaching$47,772
Molecular Biology$67,281
Recreation and Fitness$50,165
Geology$69,674
Teacher Education and Professional Development$42,098
Electrical Engineering$99,311
Advertising$64,946

Let's break that down further.

Are molecular biology students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
4.0 out of 5 stars
32 ratings
5 stars
38%
4 stars
28%
3 stars
22%
2 stars
6%
1 stars
3%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
4.2 out of 5 stars
31 ratings
5 stars
48%
4 stars
29%
3 stars
16%
2 stars
3%
1 stars
3%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in molecular biology experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did molecular biology graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what molecular biology grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
3.1 out of 5 stars
33 ratings
5 stars
9%
4 stars
45%
3 stars
12%
2 stars
12%
1 stars
21%

We can see there’s a cluster of positive responses, which might indicate a strong or growing job market.

Were molecular biology students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
3.0 out of 5 stars
28 ratings
5 stars
18%
4 stars
21%
3 stars
18%
2 stars
29%
1 stars
11%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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