Biochemist and Biophysicist

About the job:

What you do

As a Biochemist and Biophysicist, you study the chemical and physical principles of living things and of biological processes, such as cell development, growth, heredity, and disease. You typically work in laboratories and offices to conduct experiments and analyze the results. You can work in colleges and universities, hospitals, and pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies. 


The tough stuff

As a Biochemist and Biophysicist, you may have to:

  • Be exposed to dangerous substances or equipment
  • Relocate frequently in order to find a suitable job
The cool stuff

As a Biochemist and Biophysicist, you may get to:

  • Be well paid (Top 25% Highest Paid Careers) 
  • Advance quickly in your career
  • Solve many problems


Typical work hours
  • 40+ hours a week

The 3 factors that can affect your work conditions are:

  • Your degree
  • Your industry
  • Your employer

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
Best high school track(s)
  • General Sciences
  • Life Sciences
Personal qualities
  • Understanding written information
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required
  • In order to become a Biochemist and Biophysicist, you will need a Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry or another Natural Science major such as Biology, Chemistry or Physics                      
  • A PHD followed by a Post-Doctoral can greatly improve your job opportunities 
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