How to become a biochemist

Research the chemical and physical principles of living organisms.

Pathways to this career

  1. Complete an undergraduate degree in applied science with a major in biochemistry, environmental chemistry, molecular biology or a related field.
  2. Do you want to get ahead in your career? Progress your position with a masters degree in biochemistry.
  3. Research and join recognised institutions. Benefit from networking with like-minded individuals and staying up to date with industry breakthroughs.

What does a biochemist do?

Duties and tasks

  • Plan and conduct studies to understand the forms and structures of human organs and tissues through systematic observation, dissection and microscopic examination.
  • Investigate and analyse the chemical structure and function of living cells and their isolated components, organs and tissues in humans, animals, plants, and micro-organisms
  • Prepare reports, research papers and implications, and share with the broader science community.
  • Develop and improve existing products, materials and processes based on research of micro-organisms, such as bacteria, fungi, yeast and their enzymes

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