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Biochemistry Career Opportunities at a Glance

“How to develop a vaccine for COVID-19?”
“How to improve the production of nutritional food products?”
“What are the effects of climate change on health?”

Biochemistry is a career option to consider if you desire to seek answers to many such questions and have an interest in understanding the chemical nature of life processes.

About the profession:

Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary laboratory science that combines concepts of chemistry and biology. Biochemists use their analytical skills and tools to study the structure of biomolecules and their function in various biological processes. As a core biology subject, Biochemistry builds the foundation of specialised areas such as medicine, agriculture, energy, biotechnology, and environmental sciences. Therefore, a biochemist who has strong theoretical and practical knowledge can find careers in diverse areas of basic and applied sciences.

Also, biochemistry can be a good choice at the undergraduate level when one is unsure of choosing a specialised field of study. An undergraduate course will cover theoretical and practical aspects of cell biology, immunology, microbiology, genetics, biotechnology, bioenergetics, membrane biology etc., which are specialised areas of study. One can choose to work or pursue higher education after graduation, while the latter is preferred for finding a job closely associated with the field.

To continue in science, a post-graduation can be obtained in biochemistry or biosciences. A biochemistry graduate can also consider obtaining a post-graduate degree in bioengineering or management. This will provide opportunities where scientific knowledge along with engineering/management skills will enable a better understanding of the products manufactured and marketed. Biochemists work in a range of job profiles in various industries, research laboratories, healthcare centres, consultancies, institutes etc. based on their skills, education, and experience. Apart from this, a biochemist can choose careers in scientific writing, patenting, regulatory affairs etc. that are important roles in industry and research.

Opportunities:

The job opportunities for biochemists are wide and will continue to rise with the growth of science. However, most of these positions are also open for candidates with graduation in biosciences or chemical sciences. This creates great competition in the job market and hence requires mastery of skills for a given job sector.

References:

  1. Biochemical society. Choosing a career https://www.biochemistry.org/education/careers/choosing-a-career/
  2. Royal society of biology. Spotlight on the life sciences https://www.rsb.org.uk/images/Spotlight_on_the_Life_Sciences_-_A_Guide_to_Biology_Careers.pdf
  3. The University of British Columbia. Careers in biochemistry and molecular biology https://biochem.ubc.ca/undergraduate/prospective-students/career-opportunities-in-biochemistry/
  4. BioTecNika, Biochemistry career scope & salary skills required for better job opportunities https://www.biotecnika.org/2019/07/biochemistry-career-scope-salary-skills-required-for-better-jobs/

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