Course OverviewBiochemistry is a branch of science which deals with the chemistry of living organisms and that of their biological processes. A career in Biochemistry will involve the person’s ability to comprehend the chemical combinations and reactions that will take place because of the biological processes such as growth, reproduction, metabolism, heredity, etc. One arena of the science will also look into the effect that the organism has on its environment.
People of are in the field of Biochemistry are often referred to as Biochemists. It is their job to study the structures and functions of enzymes, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, process of metabolism and the molecular basis of the action of genes also form a part of biochemistry. Today the field is gaining momentum and importance because of its ability to make significant contributions towards illumination and grasping of the DNA Structure.
Mostly biochemists are involved in research related works. Biochemists can choose from a variety of specializations and almost all the specializations require good research techniques and the ability to combine and analyze information.
Career OpportunitiesWith the world evolving day in and day out, there is an intense need to understand the organisms evolving with it and also the role these organisms have on the environment. A biochemist can think of working with fields in medical, agriculture, public health care, forensic environment etc. Because of the nature of work there is a tremendous scope of research.
One can think of working with both public and private sectors. Companies like Medical Instrument companies, Biotechnology, Food and Drink industries, Research Companies and Laboratories, Sales and Marketing Firms, Chemical manufacturing companies, Health and Beauty Care, etc. are always in constant need of people to come work with them.
Also some companies in the public sector are good employers or biochemists; Drug Manufacturing Companies, Public Health Entities, Blood Service, Industrial Laboratories, Cancer research institutes, Research Departments, Educational Institutes, Environmental Pollution Control, Agriculture and fisheries, Forensic Science, Hospitals, Public Health Laboratories, Cosmetic Industries, etc.
There is also another field where there is always need for experts in the field of Biochemistry which is the quality control and safety section. Almost all companies in the field of food, pharmaceuticals, health and beauty care, etc required safety checks, regulations and quality control.
Some job profiles in the field of Biochemistry:
- Research Scientist
- Clinical Scientist
- Research Associates
- Biomedical Scientist
- Laboratory Technician