Career Project: Biochemist

By: Randy Campos

The educational requirements for a biochemist are as follows:

A bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree in biochemistry are the main requirements to become one. But to conduct independent research, or an administrative position requires a doctoral degree. A Professional Degree, is also entry level.

The cost of the education required to become a biochemist is:

The average annual out of state cost is $42,029 with the estimated four year degree total cost of about $168,116. The most affordable bachelor program is offered by Harding University at an annual $22,332 out of state total cost. (CollegeCalc)

Specific Licensing and Education

Schools offering degree's may obtain approval from the ACS which improves your hiring chances.

Transferable skills to other states

It's industry is spreading, and it improves the lives of the population and it has a global career opportunities.


They are not required to become one maybe in certain states and colleges/universities, but it also gives you lots of experience in the laboratory in the long run.

The Types of Biochemist Jobs are as Follows:

Clinical, Forensic, Nutritional, and Enzymology. They mostly work for jobs in the Government.

The expected job growth for Biochemistry

Over the next 10 years, they will experience a 15.9% rate of growth. Or 19% (faster than average)

A Biochemistry job can lead to the chemistry jobs of

A pharmacology, genetics, immunology, bioinformatics, environmental science, forensics, toxicological studies and/or food science. Along with recruitment agencies, sales, management and computing.


There aren't promotions per say but in order to get to higher positions, and the elite field of biochemistry. At least a 4-5 years PhD, a high bachelor's and master's degrees get to work in the elite field, have higher positions, wages, and respect.


Is not really required they work in a traditional laboratory and research environment or with a scientific company.

Avarage Starting Salary

Bachelor's Degree: $45,000

Master's Degree: $60,000

Ph.D's: $90,000

Median: $68,950

Benefits of Biochemistry

Generally includes paid holidays and vacations, health insurance, and pension plans.

Age Requirements

23 years or older, 40 and up are likely to need experience at biochemistry


Your pay raises with experience, degrees, positions, and elite fields. That's how often you can expect wages.

Work Hours

The Work Schedule is generally regular (40-hour weeks), with of course overtime hours when a project deadline is due and.or approaching. The Teaching route Biochemist have to put in hours to be well prepared for their students.


Like before travel, is not required in this job.

Developmental Conferences

As far as I can tell there are no Developmental Conferences for Biochemist, but they have to attend and contribute to local and national scientific meetings.

Work at home

Biochemist can't work at home, the equipment needed is at a lab.

Typical jobs in a biochemist day

Identifying the cause of and resolving any poor analytical performance problems, devising and conducting basic or applied research, writing reports, submitting funding bids, and conducting research with clinical staff. These are only a few of them.

Pros, and Cons

Pros: Computer Assisted, interesting test to find out what is happening in a sample, Able to plan any work. Cons: Writing Reports, Training new employees, and attending meetings.