Careers and graduate study

Alumni Careers

As a molecular biologist, you can expect to to find a lot of job opportunities and be well-paid for them (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). If you complete a doctoral degree, even more so. Your skill sets as a molecular biologist are needed—the ability to apply basic research to develop biological products and processes that improve people’s lives. A bachelor’s degrees in this field will get you a job as a technologist in research or in a clinical laboratory.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reports that employment of medical laboratory technologists is projected to grow 11% by 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. The median starting salary in the biological sciences was $61,000 in 2018.

  • Laboratory technician, Kraft Heinz Company, Aledo, Illinois (Class of 2017)

  • Research Intern, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa (Class of 2017)

  • Laboratory research assistant, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Texas (Class of 2016)

  • Medical scribe, Denver Colorado (Class of 2016)

  • Production scientist, Integrated DNA Technologies, Coralville, Iowa (Class of 2016)

  • Peace Corps, Republic of Paraguay (Class of 2016)

  • Camp and family director, Town North YMCA, Dallas, Texas (Class of 2016)

  • Professional research assistant, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colorado (Class of 2015)

  • Laboratory research technician, University of Iowa Carver School of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa (Class of 2015)

  • Laboratory senior technician, Roquette America Inc., Mount Pleasant, Iowa  (Class of 2013)

  • Production chemist, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Hercules, California (Class of 2013)

  • Pathology aide, Poudre Valley Health Center, Fort Collins, Colorado (Class of 2013)

  • Program specialist, University of Texas Medical Branch, Memphis, Tennessee (Class of 2011)

  • Doctor of Osteopathy, University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine, Appleton, Wisconsin (Class of 2010)

Graduate schools attended

  • M.A., marine biology, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii (Class of 2016)

  • M.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas (Class of 2016)

  • M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Class of 2015)

  • Ph.D., molecular biology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa (Class of 2015)

  • Ph.D., chemistry, Columbia University, New York City, New York (Class of 2015)

  • M.A., biology, University of Eastern Illinois, Charleston, Illinois (Class of 2015)

  • Ph.D., neuroscience, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah (Class of 2015)

  • Ph.D., biochemistry and molecular biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas (Class of 2013)

  • Ph.D., Pharmacy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Class of 2013)

  • M.D., University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri (Class of 2012)

  • Master of Forensic Sciences, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Class of 2011)

  • M.D., Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Miami, Florida (Class of 2011)

  • Doctor of Osteopathy, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines, Iowa (Class of 2010)

  • Ph.D., neuroscience, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama (Class of 2008)