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Florida Tech College Salary ReportThe current College Salary Report ranks Florida Tech graduates' mid-career median salaries in first place among Florida universities. Other national universities with salaries for graduates similar to Florida Tech's include Columbia, Yale, Brown and Johns Hopkins.

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Careers in Molecular Biology

Molecular biology involves such disparate areas as genetic engineering, biotechnology, the human genome project, cell structure, bacteria resistance and cancer research. A Bachelor's of Science Degree in Molecular Biology from Florida Tech prepares students both for graduate studies in a wide variety of areas (including medical school) or one of many molecular biology careers.

Career Outlook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Standards (BLS), provides information about specific jobs including median annual pay, working conditions, and job outlook, among other things. According to the bureau, employment in biology fields is expected to grow as much as 20% through 2018, depending on the career path. Careers in medicine are growing faster than the average due to an aging baby-boom population and the demand for lifesaving new drugs and procedures to cure and prevent disease.

Career Options

If you want to consider other molecular biology careers, such as research, biochemistry or biophysics, employment is also strong in such areas as the energy sector, agriculture (genetically engineered food), environmental initiatives and the federal government (bio-terrorism).

Other molecular biology careers include:

  • Law: for example, science and technology patent law
  • Environmental Management and Conservation
  • Education
  • Biotechnology: develop and enhance products, tools and technology for use in agriculture and food science
  • Forensic Science
  • Politics and Policy: work with lawmakers to create new legislation related to biomedical research and environmental protection
  • Mathematics: bioinformatics and computational biology apply mathematical techniques to solve biological problems
  • Marine Biologist
  • Toxicologist
  • Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Teacher

Entry Level Salary Expectations

PayScale.com reports entry-level salaries for molecular biology careers to be $40,100, with further earning potential to grow to $79,390.
Other careers in biology also provide good salary potential such as:

Agricultural and food scientist: $44,000 - $81,100
Biochemist: $43,200 - $88,500
Biophysicist: $44,900 - $82,500
Epidemiologist: $43,200 - $63,010

Florida Tech graduates with a degree in Biological Sciences are ready to excel in one of the many choices among molecular biology careers.