Chemistry Department

What Kind of Jobs Can a Biochemist Do?

The B.S. degree in biochemistry is intended to prepare students for professional careers as chemists, either upon graduation or after graduate study in chemistry or related fields. In addition, it may serve as the basis for work in may areas outside pure chemistry, such as materials science, medicine and other health-related fields, pharmacology, patent law, business, and environmental science.

The following is a list of related occupations that you may wish to further investigate. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive.

  • Assayer
  • Biochemist
  • Biologist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Chemist
  • Clinical Research Specialist
  • College Professor
  • Consultant
  • Cytologist
  • Dairy Technologist
  • Geneticist
  • Government Researcher
  • Laboratory Supervisor
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Patent Attorney
  • Perfumer
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Physician
  • Process Development Specialist
  • Product Development Manager
  • Quality Control Inspector
  • Regulatory Affairs Specialist
  • Research Scientist
  • Science Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Toxicologist

Types of Employers
An undergraduate degree in biochemistry prepares students for graduate study, or employment involving bio-technology, pharmaceuticals, scientific research, or agricultural development.
Privant & Non-Profit Organizations

Biotechnology Firms


Chemical Manufacturing Firms

Medical Instrument Companies

College and Universities

Pharmaceutical Companies

Cosmetic Manufacturers

Publishing Companies

Crime Labs

Research & Development Labs

Health Maintenance Organizations

Research Institutes

Government Agencies (Federal, State, County, Municipal)

Centers for Disease Control

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Department of Agriculture

Food and Drug Administration

Department of Defense

National Cancer Institute

Department of Health & Human Services

National Institutes of Health

Department of Interior

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Drug Enforcement Agency

Occupational Safety & Health Administration

Environmental Protection Agency

Public Health Service

Websites to Explore
To read about a career in Biochemistry:
Go to and click on the tab for "Educators and Students";. Under "High School"; click on "Virtual Chemistry Club"; and then on "Careers";. There will be a link for Biochemistry.

A nice overview of careers in Biological Sciences can be found on the American Institute of Biological Sciences website at

Read the profile for Biological Scientists on the Occupational Outlook Handbook site at

Chemistry Jobs: Chemist Jobs for Chemists, Biochemists, Pharmaceutical Scientists:

Science Jobs in Bioscience & Chemistry

Chemist Jobs