Biochemists

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 tissue. If cancer is to be cured, the earth's pollution cleaned up, or the aging process slowed, it will be biochemists and molecular biologists who will lead the way. There are approximately 29,110 biochemists and biophysicists employed in the United States. (Biophysicists examine the chemical combinations and reactions involved in such functions as metabolism and heredity.)

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Study the chemical combinations and reactions involved in such functions as growth, metabolism, reproduction, and heredity, and also study the effect of the environment on living tissue
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Internship, volunteering, or a part-time job
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Hands On
  • Scientific
Skills
  • Computer
  • Research
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Professor or Research Department Head
  • Biochemist
  • Biochemical Research or Teaching Assistant

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