The education requiered

you must have a Doctoral or professional degree in order to be able to get or have this job.

Biochemists and biophysicists need a PhD to work in independent research and development. Most PhD holders begin their careers in a temporary postdoctoral research position that typically lasts 2 to 3 years. Bachelor’s and master’s degree holders qualify for some entry-level positions in biochemistry and biophysics.

The pay scale

The median annual wage is around $79,390 per year or $38.17 per hour

The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $43,050, and the top 10 percent earned more than $142,420.

Where jobs are available

Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences

Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing

Colleges, universities, and professional schools; state, local, and private

The job descripiton

Biophysicists study the chemical and physical principles of living things and of biological processes such as cell development, growth, and heredity.