A biochemistry technologist works with doctoral-level biochemists in laboratories studying the chemical compositions of living organisms. Biochemistry is a combination of the study of biology and the study of chemistry and is a science that is applied to many of todays modern industries.
Biochemistry technologists study chemical reactions in biological substances and analyze how reactions can be manipulated to benefit many medical fields such as pharmaceuticals medical practices dentistry and almost all areas of science.
The work of biochemistry technologists is essential to the understanding of laboratory research projects and the success of experiments. Not only do biochemistry technologists work as laboratory technicians but they also work as research assistants high school teachers or in pharmaceutical sales-related fields.
The top three governmental agencies that employ biochemistry technologists are the Department of Agriculture the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency. Most biochemistry technologists have a minimum of a bachelors degree but most have masters degrees.
A strong educational background in the fields of chemistry biology and math are necessary and data collection and research skills are also essential to succeed in this profession. The average salary for a biochemistry technologist is approximately $60000 per year.