So, you've got a biochemistry degree - what's next?

Biochemistry is a fascinating subject that teaches you about the fundamental building blocks of life. Because the subject is so broad, biochemistry jobs cover many sectors – from forensics through to nanotechnology and beyond!

In studying a biochemistry degree, you will have acquired a wide range of specialised skills and invaluable experience, including the ability to understand complex biological processes and how to perform complicated experiments accurately.

What jobs can you get with a biochemistry degree?

With a degree in biochemistry under your belt, there are lots of jobs that you’ll be a great candidate for. Choosing the right biochemistry job is easy if you already have a rough idea of the area you want to work in. Hopefully, during your studies, you have been inspired by a branch of biochemistry that really sparked your interest.

Here are a few of the most popular biochemistry job roles:

Pharmacologist Carrers


Working as a pharmacologist, your main goal is to investigate how drugs interact with biological systems.


As a biotechnologist, your main goal is to improve people's quality of life by studying all aspects of cells and organisms.

Clinical Research Associate

If you pursue a career as a clinical research associate, you’ll be doing clinical trials on drugs to establish their effectiveness and their safety.

Medicinal Chemist

As a medicinal chemist you will be designing new drugs to treat diseases. You will use your expertise in biochemistry to create solutions for a range of health problems.

Forensic Scientist

Using a range of scientific techniques, you will examine forensic evidence, write reports on your findings and advise legal teams.

Key requirements of most biochemistry jobs:

Practical laboratory skills
Research and data analytics
Report writing
Clinical observations
Independent working
Average salary for experienced professionals:
£26,500 - £60,000
Typical Working Hours:
38 to 40 hours a week, 9am - 5pm
All statistics provided by the National Careers Service

Developing your biochemistry career

Once you have secured a biochemistry role, you will develop your skills on the job, possibly as part of a structured graduate training programme provided by your employer.

You may also seek to reinforce your professional scientist status and keep your biochemistry knowledge up to date through membership of a professional body, such as the Royal Society of Biology or the Biochemical Society.

With biochemistry graduates employed by a wide range of public sector organisations (such as the Environment Agency and various government departments), as well as across a wide range of companies in such industries as biotechnology, agriculture, food and water, there's no question that a biochemistry degree will stand you in extremely good stead as you look to climb the career ladder.

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