Molecular and Cellular Biologists


Also called : Molecular Biologist, Research Scientist

What they do


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

On the job, one would


    KNOWLEDGE


    • Biology
      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • English Language
      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Chemistry
      Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

    • Mathematics
      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    SKILLS


    • Active Listening
      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Complex Problem Solving
      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    • Judgment and Decision Making
      Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

    • Speaking
      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Active Learning
      Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

    ABILITIES


    • Written Comprehension
      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Oral Comprehension
      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Inductive Reasoning
      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Oral Expression
      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Written Expression
      The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

    PERSONALITY

    People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

    • Attention to Detail
      Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

    • Persistence
      Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

    • Integrity
      Job requires being honest and ethical.

    • Analytical Thinking
      Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

    • Cooperation
      Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

    • Dependability
      Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

    • Achievement/Effort
      Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

    • Initiative
      Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

    • Stress Tolerance
      Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.

    • Adaptability/Flexibility
      Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

    TECHNOLOGY

    • Analytical or scientific software

    • Computer aided design CAD software

    • Data base user interface and query software

    • Data mining software

    • File versioning software

    • Graphics or photo imaging software

    • Internet browser software

    • Object or component oriented development software

    • Office suite software

    • Presentation software

    • Spreadsheet software

    EDUCATION AND TRAINING

    • Preparation

      Extensive Preparation Needed

    • Education

      Graduate Degree or higher.

    • Experience

      Extensive skills, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations.

    • Jobtraining

      Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

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