Biochemical Engineers

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Biochemical engineersĀ conduct research on various biological substances to develop products such as plastics, oils, paints, detergents, pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals, and foods for public consumption. The products they help to develop consist of a combination of lab-made and organic materials. They conduct lab experiments to study biological substances, their environments, and aim to create new compounds that are safe to use, economical, and beneficial to society. The profession that is closest to biochemical engineers that the U.S. Department of Labor provides data for is chemical engineers, and in May 2016, approximately 31,990 chemical engineers worked in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Biomedical Engineers, Project Engineers, Research Engineers
Duties Study cell cultures and biochemical processes to develop new products and improve on existing products and processes
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities available throughout the country, with the highest employment levels in Boston, Minneapolis, San Diego, and Los Angeles
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship; advanced degree; one or more years of work experience
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Biochemical Engineer Manager
  • Experienced Biochemical Engineer
  • Biochemical Engineer Trainee