Biochemists


Overview

Biochemists

Introduction

Biochemists explore the tiny world of the cell, study how illnesses develop, and search for ways to improve life on earth. Through studying the chemical makeup of living organisms, biochemists strive to understand the dynamics of life, from the secrets of cell-to-cell communication to the chemical changes in our brains that give us memories. Biochemists examine the chemical combinations and reactions involved in such functions as growth, metabolism, reproduction, and heredity. They also study the effect of the environment on living ...

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Median Salary

$93,280

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

Internship, volunteering, or a part-time job


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Skills

Computer


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Personality Traits

Curious

Earnings

According to a report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, beginning salaries in 2019 for graduates with bachelor's degrees in math and sciences averaged $62,177 per year.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reports that biochemists and biophysicists had average annual incomes of $93,280 in May 2018. Salaries ranged from less than $49,230 for the bottom 10 percent of bio...

Work Environment

Biochemists generally work in clean, quiet, and well-lighted laboratories where physical labor is minimal. They must, however, take the proper precautions in handling chemicals and organic substances that could be dangerous or cause illness. They may work with plants and animals; tissues, cells, and products; and with yeast and bacteria.

Biochemists in industry generally work a 40-hour w...

Outlook

Employment for biochemists is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. More professionals in this field will be needed to perform basic research activities that support the development of biological processes and products. Additionally, opportunities to develop drugs and procedures that prevent and cure diseases w...

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