Who Employs Biochemistry Graduates?
The following list is a brief sampling of the kind of employers (in career fields directly related to biochemistry) that might hire you as a biochemistry graduate, as well as a brief overview of the type of function you may be hired to carry out.
- Agribusiness Companies: Developing safer and more effective agricultural products
- Hospital Laboratories: Analyzing samples from patients to provide treatment advice
- Pharmaceutical Companies: Developing drugs and other pharmaceutical products
- University Laboratories: Researching anything from gene therapy to disease treatments
- Cosmetic Companies: Creating safer and more effective products
- Food Product Development or Regulation Companies: Ensuring the safety of food
- Law Firms: Dealing with scientific cases
- Government (all levels): Providing advice on the latest scientific issues
- Sales and Marketing Firms: Marketing and selling the latest technology
- Publishing Companies: Commissioning, proofreading and peer reviewing scientific articles.
Transferrable Skills You Can Gain from Biochemistry
As a biochemistry graduate, your career options aren’t just limited to scientific professions. Because of the transferable skills you’ll gain, you’ll make a competent employee in almost any industry, and in virtually any profession. For example, you could end up working as anything from an accountant to a marketing manager or event planner. The transferable skills you can gain in biochemistry include:
- Analytical skills
- Numeracy and math
- Preparing reports
- Presentation skills
- Time management
- Problem solving and logical thinking
- Skills with various computer applications
- Planning skills
- Observational skills
Areas of Specialty for Biochemistry Study and Careers
Since biochemistry is a fairly broad field, it allows you to specialize in a variety of areas, depending on what your personal, academic and professional interest are. For example, you may choose to pursue further study, or a career in one of the following areas of biochemistry (not a comprehensive list): Antibiotics: Class of natural and synthetic compounds that inhibits the growth of, or kills, other micro-organisms. Proteomics: The study and cataloging of proteins in the human body. What are the component of proteins, how they interact with each other, what kinds of metabolic networks or signaling networks they form, etc. These proteins and how they interact with each other may hold the keys to curing diseases in humans or targets for drug development. Genomics: Large-scale investigatf genes. This knowledge aids in drug discovery and development, agro-science research, as well as other fields. Neurobiology: Branch of biology that deals with the anatomy and physiology and pathology of the nervous system. Neurochemistry: Includes research on the molecular, chemical, and cellular biology of the nervous system. Reproductive Biochemistry: The study of the biochemistry, physiology, endocrinology, cell biology, genetics and molecular biology relating to human and animal reproduction. Molecular Biology: The study of genetic composition and the mechanisms of living organisms at the molecular level. Immunology: The study of disorders and treatments of the immune system including its structure and function, disorders of the immune system, immunization and organ transplantation. Biotechnology: Use of living organisms to make a product or run a process developed through basic research and now applied to research and product development. Genetic Engineering: The manipulation of an organism’s genetic material to modify the proteins it produces, the selective, deliberate alteration of genes. Toxicology: The study of the harmful effects of substances on the body, including the level of toxicity, the mechanism by which toxicity occurs and how it can be controlled, the study of the harmful effects of chemicals on the health of organisms. Enzymology: The branch of biochemistry dealing with the chemical nature and biological activity of enzymes. Bio-inorganic Chemistry: Knowledge of biological functions of metal complexes in living organisms.
Employability Tip: Consider an Advanced Degree
An advanced degree (such as a professional, master’s or doctoral degree) enables you to develop highly specialized knowledge. This can open the doors to careers that aren’t accessible with only an undergraduate degree.