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Biochemist

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.

Job Outlook

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:

Salary

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.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $68,672.

State

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.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree37%
Master's Degree45%
Doctoral Degree18%
Other0%

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 ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years48%
3 to 5 years34%
6 to 8 years10%
9+ years8%

Skills

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.

Baseline Skills

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%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Biochemistry (52%)
  • Chemistry (39%)
  • Biology (32%)
  • Toxicology (30%)
  • Molecular Biology (14%)

Necessary Skills

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%)

Distinguishing Skills

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:

  • Toxicologist
  • Formulation Scientist
  • Senior Toxicologist
  • Protein Biochemist

Similar Occupations

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.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Biochemist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Eurofins Scientific (101)
  • Covance Incorporated (62)
  • Kaiser Permanente (52)
  • Siemens (46)
  • Oregon Health & Science University (43)

North Carolina

  • 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

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