Biochemistry Careers

An undergraduate degree in Biochemistry can lead to a very broad range of career options and possibilities. While it is not possible to list all potential career paths, Biochemistry is excellent training for careers in research, medicine, and the biotech industry. Some of the more common career paths of our students include:

Medical Professional – A Biochemistry degree is excellent preparation for entry into:

  • Medical education (MD) programs
  • Undergraduate dentistry programs

Research – A Biochemistry degree provides exceptional training and experiences for:

  • Entry into graduate degrees programs (MSc, PhD)
  • Research in academic and industrial lab environments

Biotechnology Industry – Not all careers in Biochemistry involve “bench” or “lab” work. Many excellent career options exist within the biotech industrythat do not directly involve research.

  • Product marketing and development
  • Technical support and sales

Combined training – Biochemistry combined with other fields can create very unique and desired skill sets.

  • Journalism for scientific writing: grants, media relations, news, technical
  • Business Training (MBA) specializing in Biotechnology
  • Law degrees specializing in patent law
  • Education programs for teaching
  • Computer sciences for the bioinformatics field

Entry into other specialized professional programs – Often such programs require a BSc, and a biochemistry degree can be ideal.

  • Genetic counselling
  • Forensic sciences
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Medical lab/imaging sciences

What do biochemists do?

  • Provide new ideas and experiments to understand how life works
  • Support our understanding of health and disease
  • Contribute innovative information to the technology revolution
  • Work alongside chemists, physicists, healthcare professionals, policy makers, engineers and many more professionals

Biochemists work in many places, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Universities
  • Agriculture
  • Food institutes
  • Education
  • Cosmetics
  • Forensic crime research
  • Drug discovery and development

Biochemists have many transferable skills, including:

  • Analytical
  • Communication
  • Research
  • Problem solving
  • Numerical
  • Written
  • Observational
  • Planning

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