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Find a Career in Biochemistry

Biochemistry careers continue to grow, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, stating that biochemists and biophysicists can expect a 31 percent increase in job opportunity through 2020. According to the agency, this increase is due to the need for the knowledge of biochemists and biophysicists to develop biological products and processes that can improve our lives. Biochemistry is responsible for a majority of the advances in medical research, agriculture, genetic engineering, pharmacy, forensics and food science.

Biochemistry Careers Start Right After Graduation

Whether entering the workforce straight from undergraduate work or waiting until completing graduate studies, Florida Tech graduates can choose from among such lifelong biochemistry careers as:

  • Medicine
  • Drug Discovery/Pharmacology
  • Drug Research and Development
  • Cancer Research
  • Biotechnology
  • Agricultural Research
  • Animal Population Restoration

Biochemistry careers are found in private and non-profit organizations, government agencies and research institutions. Undergraduates getting their biochemistry degree often participate in research endeavors, internships and cooperative learning.

Biochemistry Careers Promise Diverse Work and Attractive Income

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Standards (BLS), provides information about specific jobs including median annual pay, working conditions and job outlook, among other things. In addition to the biochemistry careers mentioned above, the handbook also includes:

  • Biophysicist
  • Agricultural and Food Scientist
  • Chemist and Material Scientist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Medical Scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Natural Science Manager
  • Physician and Surgeon
  • Postsecondary Teacher
  • Zoologist and Wildlife Biologist

A typical biochemist or biophysicist does the following:

  • Plan and conduct complex projects in basic and applied research
  • Manage laboratory teams and monitor the quality of their work
  • Isolate, analyze, and synthesize proteins, enzymes, DNA and other molecules
  • Research the effects of substances such as drugs, hormones and food on tissues and biological processes
  • Prepare technical reports, research papers and recommendations based on their research
  • Present research findings to scientists, engineers and other colleagues

Entry-Level Careers

Entry-level salaries for biochemistry careers are reported by PayScale.com to be $43,200 with further earning potential to grow to $88,500. PayScale.com is an online salary information company that helps people obtain accurate real-time information on job market compensation.
Other careers possible with a biochemistry degree also provide good salary potential such as:

Biotechnology: $41,400 – $82,800
Agricultural and food scientists: $44,000 – $81,100
Zoologists and wildlife biologists: $36,500 – $69,700
Medical scientists: $54,900 – $90,640

Who's Hiring Florida Tech Graduates?

Among the organizations and employers that have offered internships or jobs related to biochemistry careers to Florida Tech grads are:

  • American Museum of Natural Science
  • Andean Biodiversity Consortium
  • Baltimore Aquarium
  • Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program
  • Brevard Zoo
  • Epcot Center
  • Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory
  • The Perry Institute for Marine Science
  • Sea World Florida
  • Shedd Aquarium

Florida Tech Prepares You for Graduate and Doctoral Study

Florida Tech biochemistry students can pursue these opportunities right after graduation, although many students are often interested in graduate school or a doctoral degree program before starting their professional lives. In addition to pursuing master's and doctoral degrees at Florida Tech, biochemistry majors attend such universities as:

  • University of Florida
  • University of South Alabama
  • University of Miami
  • University of Texas
  • University of South Florida

For more information about biochemistry after college and biochemistry careers, see The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.