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Biochemist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Biochemist 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 52 Biochemist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 2277 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 2015:

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 $90,844.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $90,904.

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 $69,355.

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 Degree47.39%
Master's Degree33.07%
Doctoral Degree50.77%
Other4.04%

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 years55.52%
3 to 5 years29.81%
6 to 8 years8.36%
9+ years6.31%

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 (59.55%)
  • Communication (33.07%)
  • Teaching (21.21%)
  • Detail Oriented (16.6%)
  • Self-Motivation (13.92%)
  • Management (13.18%)
  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (12.91%)
  • Writing (12.91%)
  • Organizational Skills (12.56%)
  • Innovation (12.56%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Protein Biochemistry (10.59%)
  • Molecular Biology (33.96%)
  • Chemistry (50.41%)
  • Biochemistry (93.26%)
  • Biology (42.44%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Protein Characterization (8.34%)
  • Protein Expression (8.43%)
  • Laboratory Experience (12.37%)
  • Laboratory Equipment (11.14%)
  • Biotechnology (8.52%)
  • Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) (7.88%)
  • Chromatography (8.98%)
  • Quality Management Systems (1.6%)
  • Analytical Techniques (9.26%)
  • Automation (4.77%)
  • Analytical Chemistry (5.09%)
  • Cell Biology (15.22%)
  • Biochemical Assays (19.34%)
  • Immunology (4.45%)
  • Cell Cultures (10.27%)
  • Drug Discovery (5.96%)
  • Biophysics (15.26%)
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (12.69%)
  • High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (14.85%)
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent (ELISA) Assay (7.93%)
  • Data Analysis (12.47%)
  • Pathology (1.05%)
  • Enzymes (5.96%)
  • Structural Biology (9.03%)
  • Western Blot (7.88%)
  • Postdoctoral Research (6%)
  • Mass Spectrometry (9.17%)
  • Research Experiences (7.29%)
  • Pharmaceuticals (8.02%)
  • Protein Purification (10.63%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Enzymology (5%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Biochemistry (99.9%)
  • Enzymology (5.35%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Biochemist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
  • Research Biochemist
  • Biochemistry Research Assistant
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Scientist
  • Associate Scientist
  • Molecular Biology Research Assistant
  • Biochemistry Teaching Assistant

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 (195)
  • University of California (49)
  • Actalent (41)
  • Pennsylvania State University (33)
  • Medical University of South Carolina (31)
  • University of Pennsylvania (30)
  • Indiana University (28)
  • Kelly Services (28)
  • AbbVie (22)
  • Augusta University (21)

North Carolina

  • University of North Carolina (5)
  • Atrium Health Floyd (3)
  • Wake Forest University (3)
  • University of Arkansas (3)
  • Wake Forest Baptist Health (3)
  • Grifols (2)
  • Duke University (2)
  • Grifols Therapeutics (2)
  • Appalachian State University (2)
  • North Carolina State University (2)

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!