Applying for a Job: Career Paths for Cell Biologists

Graduate StudentThis section is developed primarily for aspiring  undergraduate students who may consider Cell Biology as their research area of choice. Pursuing a career in cell biology can be immensely rewarding and exciting. There are several career paths a cell biologist can follow, including these: 

Research: Research in an academic or biotech setting is a viable and rewarding option for graduates and postdocs of The Cell Biology Department. There are numerous resources available to seek and apply for jobs in each of these categories. Please refer to Job Search section of this website. 

Education: Life science educators enjoy working with people and encouraging them to learn new things, whether in a classroom, a research lab, the field, or a museum.

Primary and secondary schools: Teaching younger students requires a general knowledge of science and skill at working with different kinds of learners. High school teachers often specialize in biology and teach other courses of personal interest.

Colleges and Universities: Professors and lecturers teach introductory and advanced biology courses. They may also mentor students with projects and direct research programs. 

Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industry: Biologists apply scientific principles to develop and enhance products, tools, and technological advances in fields such as agriculture, food science, and medicine. 

Forensic Science: Forensic biologists work with police departments and other law enforcement agencies using scientific methods to discover and process evidence that can be used to solve crimes. 

Patent Law: Cell biologists can also join a law firm to excel as a specialized patent law agent. 

Science Writing and Communication: Journalists and writers with a science background inform the general public about relevant and emerging biological issues. 

NIH Officers: Graduates of Cell Biology department can also seek position in the NIH as Project Officers, who act as a conduit of communication between the researcher and peer-review committee.