Biological Chemistry

Careers in biological chemistry

As a biochemist you explore the chemical processes that take place inside living things from bacteria to plants and animals.

You may find work as a researcher in a university or research institute. You can also look for technical or research roles in healthcare, government agencies, agriculture, veterinary science, environmental science or manufacturing.

If you want to pursue a career as a biochemist you should consider the benefits of a research degree. A research degree will assist your career progression in research and academic roles and will benefit you if you want to pursue opportunities in scientific writing or publishing.

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Skills and attributes

You will need to demonstrate the following skills and attributes to gain employment in biological chemistry:

  • Strong critical and analytical skills
  • Independent thinking and problem-solving
  • Laboratory skills
  • High attention to detail
  • Communication, presentation and IT skills
  • Ability to work in a team setting
  • Organising and planning skills

Related roles include:

  • Biotechnologist
  • Chemist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Life Scientist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Medical Scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Toxicologist
  • Viticulturist
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Salary and job outlook

You can learn more about graduate salaries and graduates job outcomes for biological chemists at Graduate Careers Australia.

Look at industry trends and employment prospects by visiting Australian Government Job Outlook.

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