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Molecular and Cellular Biologists

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Molecular and cellular biologists usually have a master's degree and at least five years of prior work experience. They often receive on-the-job training. To be successful in this field, biologists must be systematic in their approach to solving problems. They must be able to gather information from relevant sources, organize and analyze this information, and come up with appropriate solutions. Strong knowledge of computer software programs is also needed for this work, such as scientific and analytical software and graphics and photo imaging software. Biologists should have probing, inquisitive minds and an aptitude for biology, chemistry, and mathematics. They must also have good communication skills in order to write accurate reports and share their findings with other scientists and the general public. People who are best suited for this type of work are detail oriented, analytical, persistent, dependable, and honest and ethical.

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