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Career Spotlight

Emma Kate Henry - 5/16/13 - 3rd Period


What is it?

This week's career spotlight is a biochemist. Biochemists study the chemical process of living organisms like growth, aging, and death. They study the chemical effects and reactions of different substances on body tissues, muscles, and cells. They also study how these chemical reactions and processes that take place.

Annual Salary:

(We all know that this is probably the most important part of the article to the teenagers out there.)

The average biochemist makes around 79,230 dollars a year.

Education and Skill Requirements:

You must have at least a Master's degree to work at all, but doing your own studies requires a PhD. While you will work independently, you might also work with a group of other people, so you should be a team player. You must also get your work around to your boss, company, or sponsor, so you should be able to communicate clearly through talking and writing. This job requires a great amount of attention to detail, logic skills, and the ability to work independently.

Cool Fact about this job:

Biochemists are able to develop and execute tests that detect diseases, genetic diseases, and other abnormalities.

How this career benefits society:

Biochemists are the people who develop new vaccines to prevent a new strain of flu. They could also develop a new biofuel that provides an alternate energy source for the world. Biochemists do a wide variety of jobs that are usually for the good of society and our communities.

Job Opportunities:

  • The projected job growth for biochemistry from 2010-2020 is 21%.
  • Companies that might hire a biochemist are Bio-Rad, Medlmune, and OSI Pharmaceuticals.