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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Cell biologist: job, responsibility and career guide

How to Become a Cell Biologist: Career Guide

The earlier you can start preparing to become a cell biologist, the better. Planning out your career path while you are still in high school is a great idea if you can pull it off, but if you can’t it’s not a big deal, as there are many things you can do as a university or college student to get a head start on becoming a cell biologist.

How to make cell biology career preparations in high school

Taking courses in math, biology, physics and chemistry is a great way to get a head start on becoming a cell biologist. These courses will give you a solid understanding of the scientific principles applicable to cell biology.

Learn what cell biologists do: Speaking with cell biologists and related scientists can give you a great idea of what it’s like to work in a cell biology career. You can also speak with professionals in related occupations, such as doctors, dentists, pharmacists and veterinarians in order to gain an idea of what other careers in science are like.

Choose a university or college to attend: Deciding where to go to college and what to study is a daunting and thorough task. Make it a little easier on yourself by talking to your school’s guidance counselor. They will be able to help you find schools that suit your professional ambitions and interests, as well as provide you with tips on which programs will be of interest to you.

Get a summer job: Getting a summer job, internship or volunteer experience in a laboratory, medical office, veterinarian’s office or in a similar setting as a high school student can be great exposure to what scientific professionals do.

Education Needed to Become a Cell Biologist

To become a cell biologist, you need to begin by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology or a closely related field such as Botany or Biochemistry. Completing coursework in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, as well as extensive courses about cells, is a great way to build an educational foundation for your prospective career as a cell biologist. Depending on where your career ambitions and interests lie, you will likely need a graduate degree in cell biology to become a cell biologist.

Depending on the requirements of the employer, a Master’s degree in Cell Biology is typically sufficient for many applied research positions. To become a cell biologist who works in research and university teaching positions a PhD in Cell Biology is needed. Cell biologists must also complete continuing education throughout their careers in order to keep their skills current stay up to date with advancements in the field.

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