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Molecular and Cellular Biologists

Work Environment

Most molecular and cellular biologists work indoors in laboratories. They may also work in laboratories and offices in government agencies and in universities. They usually wear lab coats and follow safety procedures, particularly when working with dangerous organisms or toxic substances. They work independently and on teams, collaborating on research projects. Molecular and cellular biologists work full-time business hours, usually 40 hours per week, with overtime occasionally required for project deadlines. Biologists often work under pressure. For instance, those employed by pharmaceutical companies work under keen competition for sales that encourages the development of new drug products, and, as they are identified, the rapid testing and early marketing of these products. The work is very exacting, however, and biologists must take great care to ensure that adequate testing of products has been properly conducted.

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