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Biochemists

Overview

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 31,350 biochemists and biophysicists employed in the United States. (Biophysicists examine the chemical combinations and reactions involved in such functions as metabolism and heredity.)

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

Much Faster than the Average
Personality Traits

Curious

Hands On

Scientific

Career Ladder
Professor or Research Department Head

Biochemist

Biochemical Research or Teaching Assistant

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