Graduate Salary
4 years
Avg Length

Molecular Biology Requirements

Molecular biology undergraduates study diverse areas, such as gene regulation and structure, cellular organization, protein biochemistry and transport, developmental biology, neurobiology, immunology, virology, oncology, structural biology, biophysics, and bioinformatics. Students learn how the body (and other organisms) work — from how DNA determines body features and health to how bacteria and viruses compete with the immune system, how the brain functions, and the molecular basis and current treatments of cancers.

Most students go on to medical school or to graduate school. Others take positions in government and industry or study law or public health.

Molecular Biology Careers

The career trajectory of people with a Molecular Biology degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Molecular Biology degrees have experience in is Molecular Biologist, followed by Biologist, Biotechnician, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist, Scientist, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technician, Geneticist, Chemical Technician, Pharmacy Technician, and Immunologist.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Molecular Biologist 6.7% 0.1% 120.8×
Biologist 3.8% 0.3% 12.0×
Biotechnician 1.7% 0.0% 41.2×
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist 1.5% 0.1% 19.7×
Scientist 2.5% 0.2% 13.8×
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technician 2.6% 0.1% 17.6×
Geneticist 1.7% 0.0% 46.2×
Chemical Technician 0.7% 0.1% 13.6×
Pharmacy Technician 1.3% 0.4% 3.1×
Immunologist 0.9% 0.0% 53.4×

Molecular Biology Salary

Molecular Biology graduates earn on average $40k, putting them in the 55th percentile of earners with a degree.

Percentile Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)
25th (bottom earners) $29k
Median (average earners) $40k
75th (top earners) $47k

Molecular Biology Underemployment

Molecular Biology graduates are moderately employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.

Employment Type Proportion of graduates
Part-Time 33%
Jobs that don't require college 30%
Low-paying 10%

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