What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Studies the chemical composition of cells and organisms and conducts research using advanced technologies. Studies the chemical interactions involved in biologic processes such as metabolism, reproduction, and growth, or the effect of drugs or hormones on cells, or conducts research to isolate, analyze or synthesize proteins, enzymes and other molecules.
There were 127 Biochemist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 2210 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Biochemist industry, which includes the Biochemist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2004:
Many new Biochemist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $68,672.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $73,685.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Biochemist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $55,798.
Education and Experience
Posted Biochemist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.
Posted Biochemist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.
|Years of Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||48%|
|3 to 5 years||34%|
|6 to 8 years||10%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Biochemist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Research (54%)
- Communication Skills (45%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (25%)
- Writing (23%)
- Detail-Oriented (21%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Biochemistry (52%)
- Chemistry (39%)
- Biology (32%)
- Toxicology (30%)
- Molecular Biology (14%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Experiments (19%)
- Quality Assurance and Control (13%)
- Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) (11%)
- Project Management (11%)
- Product Development (11%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- DNA (7%)
- Protein Biochemistry (6%)
- Drug Discovery (6%)
- Analytical Chemistry (6%)
- Protein Expression (5%)
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Biochemist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Formulation Scientist
- Senior Toxicologist
- Protein Biochemist
If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.
- Biology Research Scientist
- Molecular Biologist
- Chemist (General)
- Cell Biologist
- Analytical Chemist
- Chemistry Laboratory Supervisor
- Organic Chemist
Here are the employers that have posted the most Biochemist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Eurofins Scientific (101)
- Covance Incorporated (62)
- Kaiser Permanente (52)
- Siemens (46)
- Oregon Health & Science University (43)
- State North Carolina (5)
- National Institutes of Health (4)
- Environmental Protection Agency (4)
- Basf Corporation (4)
- Wirb Copernicus Group (3)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!