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Wondering what you can do with your biochemistry degree?
Conduct some career research using the resources provided on the left. Learn what job titles are associated with your degree, what transferable skills you are developing, where alumni have gone to work, what job boards are associated with your degree and more!
Look below at a list of possible career titles you can pursue with a degree in biochemistry. This list is not comprehensive, as there are many careers within the field.
Anesthesiologist - a physician who specializes in administering medications or other agents that prevent or relieve pain, especially during surgery
Biochemistry Technologist - provide technical research and experimental support, examine and analyze body fluids, tissues and cells, prepare specimens for examination, count cells and look for abnormal cells, analyze data, write up reports and may supervise a laboratory
Biotechnologist - work with living organisms, particularly microorganisms, in industrial processes to create useful products or processes. There are three main fields: health and medicine, agriculture and animal husbandry and industry.
Biomedical Engineer - design new medical monitoring, diagnostic equipment, as well as set up and maintain biomedical equipment, and or analyze and design prosthetic and orthotic devices
Clinical biochemist - working in hospitals and or laboratories they provide investigative, diagnostic and advisory services to clinicians and other professionals, as well as work on research projects
Cytologist - a scientist who studies the structure and function of cells, the examination of tissue samples
Forensic scientist - examine traces of material that may be used as potential evidence in court cases, or used for insurance claims. Forensics Scientists take the current situation and work backwards to find out what happened
Formulation Chemist - work to create products by the mixing of compounds, which do not react
Geneticist - a scientist that studies genes and their characteristics, positions vary, but many work in a hospital or a laboratory, in the biotechnology industry, as a doctor or as a cousellor.
Immunologist - a medical scientist who specializes in immunology, which is the study of the body's natural defense mechanisms against disease
Patent Attorney - is a registered attorney or agent employed by an inventor to draft a patent application in a manner that meets the statutory requirements for the grant of a patent
Perfumer - mainly work in one of two categories: fine fragrance toiletries, the creation of perfumes for fashion houses or for the creation of scents for products, i.e. deodorants or shampoos
Pharmacist - a health care professional who prepares and distributes medicine to people, as well as deliver information about medicine
Quality assurance officer - design, development and implement systems and procedures for ensuring the quality control of a product or situation. May supervise the procedures and equipment used in manufacturing plants or labs
Sales executive - promote and market products within the science industry. Products could range from lab equipment to pharmaceuticals
Toxicologist - one who studies the nature and effects of poisons and their treatment generally through the examination of tissues, blood and urine, develops new and better ways to determine the potential harmful effects of chemical and physical agents and the amount (dosage) that will cause these effects.
Information scientist, Patent agent or Patent examiner - will use their knowledge and expertise to collect, abstract, analyse and organize data to ensure meeting government or industry specifications
Virologist - a specialist in the study of viruses and diseases caused by viruses
Other Potential Careers:
Look below to find information that may help you narrow your work search, or help you choose a program of study. Remember it's best to pick something you are interested in. This list is not a comprehensive list of all fields within biochemistry.
Antibiotics - class of natural and synthetic compounds that inhibits the growth of, or kills, other microorganisms
Genomics - large scale investigation of the structure and function of genes. This knowledge aids in drug discovery and development, agroscience research, as well as other fields
Proteomics - The study and cataloging of proteins in the human body. What are the component proteins, how they interact with each other, what kinds of metabolic networks or signaling networks they form, etc. These proteins and how they interact with each other may hold the keys to curing diseases in humans or targets for drug development
Neurobiology - the branch of biology that deals with the anatomy and physiology and pathology of the nervous system
Neurochemistry - includes research on the molecular, chemical, and cellular biology of the nervous system
Reproductive Biochemistry - the study of the biochemistry, physiology, endocrinology, cell biology, genetics and molecular biology relating to human and animal reproduction
Immunology - the study of disorders and treatments of the immune system including its structure and function, disorders of the immune system, immunization and organ transplantation
Molecular Biology - the study of genetic composition and the mechanisms of living organisms at the molecular level
Biotechnology - use of living organisms to make a product or run a process developed through basic research and now applied to research and product development
Genetic Engineering - manipulation of an organism's genetic material to modify the proteins it produces, the selective, deliberate alteration of genes
Toxicology - the study of the harmful effects of substances on the body, including the level of toxicity, the mechanism by which toxicity occurs and how it can be controlled, the study of the harmful effects of chemicals on the health of organisms
Enzymology - the branch of biochemistry dealing with the chemical nature and biological activity of enzymes
Bioinorganic Chemistry - knowledge of biological functions of metal complexes in living organisms
Transferable skills are very important. An employee can take these skills and apply them to almost any job at any company in any industry. Employers highly value an individual's transferable skills. These are some of the skills that are developed by graduates from a biochemistry program.
Take a look at the companies who have hired McMaster graduates in the past. This list is only a sample of potential employers. Google the company name to find out more about the company such as careers and office locations.