Biochemists examine the chemical processes that take place inside all living things at a molecular level, so much of their work is in a laboratory. They look at how different parts of a cell work together and how cells communicate with one another. Biochemists work in health and many areas of industry including in agriculture, food, cosmetics, chemicals and drug manufacture. Biochemists can be involved in developing biological-based products, vaccines, antibiotics and cleaning materials etc; some work on genetics and stem cell research. Much of the work of biochemists involves designing and carrying out experiments, observations, use of computers and specialist equipment, analysing data and writing reports. People who work in biochemistry are methodical, logical, observant and analytical; they enjoy solving problems.
What it takes
What it takes:
- knowledge of biology
- knowledge of chemistry including the safe use and disposal of chemicals
- analytical thinking skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- excellent verbal communication skills
- thinking and reasoning skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
- observational skills
- complex problem-solving skills
Day to day
Day to day:
Your tasks will vary depending on the industry in which you work. You may be involved in
- planning and conducting scientific experiments
- developing new analytical techniques
- using computer software and mathematical modelling
- supervising lab teams and control the quality of work
- designing or building lab equipment
- writing scientific articles, preparing reports and presenting research findings
- following official lab procedures
You could work at a research facility, in a laboratory or at a university.
You may need to wear protective clothing.