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Biochemist

Overview: Biochemists study the chemical processes taking place in living organisms. They research the impact of foods, drugs, hormones, vitamins etc. on vital life processes. They study the development of both normal and abnormal cells. They seek to improve the health and growth of life.
Duties: Biochemists study chemical processes taking place in tissues and organs of living organisms. They determine affects of vitamins, hormones, enzymes, allergens and minerals on body functions.

They examine chemical aspects of body immune systems to investigate causes and possible prevention of disease such as AIDS. Biochemists research ways to prevent the immune system attacking transplanted organs.

They study development of normal and abnormal cells, the mechanisms of breathing, digestion and metabolism. They determine how the body stores fat and the effects of dieting and exercise.

Biochemists investigate chemical changes in the living organism that occur with growth and aging. They determine what kinds of nutrition, exercise and genetic factors influence the aging process.

Degree(s): A.S./B.S. QCC/York Dual/Joint Biotechnology 
Job Outlook: Employment of biochemists is expected to grow much faster than average through 2018 driven by growth in research and development in the biotech industry. Scientists will also be needed for applications for farmers and to clean up and preserve the environment.
Salary Range (National Average): $35,300 to $52,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree is adequate for some non-research jobs in administration or laboratory testing. A master's degree is most commonly required for jobs in applied research and for management positions, as well as teaching in a two-year college. Those who have a graduate degree are expected to enjoy better opportunities than those who have a bachelor's degree. A Ph.D. is usually required for university teaching.
Advancement Info: In government or industry, beginning biochemists with a bachelor's degree usually work in quality control or testing. In addition, they assist senior biochemists in research labs. With additional education, biochemists may advance to more demanding positions. Advancement is more likely for biochemists who have advanced degrees. Biochemists with a Ph.D. and experience can lead basic research. Also, a Ph.D. is often required for advancement to management positions.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Identifying the most appropriate equipment and tools needed to get a job done.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Inspecting and testing products or services to assure they meet the desired specifications.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.