Biochemists study the chemical composition of living things. They analyze the complex chemical combinations and reactions involved in metabolism, reproduction, growth, and heredity. Biochemists and molecular biologists do most of their work in biotechnology, which involves understanding the complex chemistry of life.

Significant Points:

  • A Ph.D. degree usually is required for independent research, but a master’s degree is sufficient for some jobs in applied research or product development; a bachelor’s degree is adequate for some non-research positions.
  • Doctoral degree holders face considerable competition for independent research positions; holders of bachelor’s or master’s degrees in biological science can expect better opportunities in non-research positions.

Sample Occupations:

  • Biochemists
  • Teachers
  • Food Technologist
  • Researcher
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Mycologist
  • Medical Device construction
  • Bioprocesses operations
  • Agriculturist
  • Analyst
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Forensic Science
  • Medicine and Pharmacy
  • Environment and Waste Management
  • Oil and Petroleum Industry
  • Textile Science
  • Water Management
  • Dentistry
  • Drug Research
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Plant Physiology
  • Marketing and Sales for Chemical Companies
  • Horticulture
  • Quality Control

Skills Required:

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong communications skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Able to work as a team or individual
  • Knowledge of biology and chemistry, and ability to combine both to explain living processes in terms of chemical reactions
  • Ability to design experiments and analyze data
  • Creativity and critical thinking
  • Development of hypothesis and implementation of research when required

Professional Organizations:


  • Chemistry and BioChemistry


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