How can I become a biochemist?
Biochemistry is the study of the chemical processes that happen in living organisms, such as cell development and function. Taking on a career as a biochemist could lead you into a whole range of different industries whether it is pharmaceuticals or agriculture. So let’s explore what a biochemist does, what their lifestyle is like and the qualifications they need.
What is a biochemist?
Biochemists working within pharmaceuticals or the food and brewing industry plan and develop products, monitor the production process and continually test the quality. They look at existing products on the market and make they meet updated safety regulations.
For those who are working in a hospital, public health laboratory or research facility, the role involves testing bodily fluid samples, researching and determining the causes of disease and developing new methods for treatment and prevention such as vaccines.
Those who are in the agriculture and environment industry work with water authorities, seed companies or local and central governments helping them to develop pest-resistant crops and improving the quality of them. They identify pollutants and monitor their effects.
Biochemist’s often work within education, and teach at a university, college or school. Usually teaching roles are done whilst also researching their chosen area of specialty.
To be a biochemist you must be a keen scientist who can work independently to solve problems. Good logical and analytic thinking is needed but with strong attention to detail and hands on practical skills.
Hours and conditions:
Full-time and part-time work is common for biochemists. They work a standard number of hours but some roles may work shifts depending on the industry.
As they work across various industries, workplaces change but usually the role is centred round a lab. You may be involved in the production process of food, pharmaceuticals or beverages and so be in manufacturing facilities. Protective clothing and safety glasses are worn as standard for this role.
How do become a biochemist: Qualifications
Biochemists need a science degree with a major in biochemistry, environmental chemistry, molecular biology or a related field.
To look at courses that will help you find a role as a biochemist check out https://www.careerhq.com.au/careers-database
Biomedical research, particularly in vaccines, pharmaceuticals and disease prevention will continue to grow as an area and this gives more opportunities for biochemists. With growing world population, genetically engineered crops and livestock will also be used more widely to provide better yields and improved quality, both of which biochemists will assist with.