Career as a Biochemist

Biochemistry is a science that involves the study of chemical building blocks and living organism components, along with their physical and work function abilities. Hence Biochemists are learned scientists who describe the working of chemical processes and their transformations. They undertake experiments and do research to study biochemical changes and also functioning of genes.

Nature of job:

Biochemists work in an array of fields which determine the nature of their work. They work on new areas and do useful research to revive waste materials and discover new ways for successful recycling of such products along with developing novel methods for purification of water.

They are involved in production of biochemical products by experimenting, analyzing and researching. They also work for an industry where biotechnology is involved, that is where products are manufactured from various chemical processes.

Research biochemists work in laboratories of agricultural, medical, veterinary institutes, biotechnology industries and mainly universities. This laboratory work usually involves culturing, purifying, filtering, measuring and weighing of substances with improved and special instruments. Recently, molecular biology has also evolved as one of the interesting arenas for research work of the biochemists.

This involves study of genes and its various functioning process. Clinical biochemists work in hospitals laboratories and study different tissues and body fluids that help the medical team to understand and treat several diseases. They are also involved to check in the genuineness of foods and beverages, and also work in the field of genetics and forensic science.

Educational Requirements:

A Ph.D. is essentially required to start on independent research. However in order to act as a technical assistant in any industry  or academic fields, a minimum degree in biochemistry or other related science subjects like chemistry is required. One has to have a very sound knowledge in both organic and inorganic chemistry.

Employment Avenues:

A biochemist can find job in universities and academic departments to do research, teaching in colleges and universities, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, medical fields like genetics, nutrition, biophysics and industrial and government departments.

Further they are also employed by the Agricultural and Health Departments, industries producing food and beverages, wildlife management, forensic sciences, viticulture. Thus, a career in biochemistry has a very promising future with many varied job avenues.


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