A biochemist is a scientist who specializes in the study of living things related to the combination of biology and chemistry. Biologists study forms of life and chemists study chemicals. Hence a biochemist studies the chemistry of living things.
Biochemists perform many laboratory research experiments not only to test their theories but also to learn new ways in which chemistry can be developed to assist in the medical and pharmaceutical fields.
Of all biochemists more than half work as professors and researchers at colleges or universities. On the job they both teach future biochemists about the field and also conduct research in university-based laboratories.
Biochemists who are not affiliated with a college or university may work for medical institutions such as pharmaceutical companies and work to develop new medications or they may work for laboratories researching cures for diseases such as cancer. The third most popular employers of biochemists are non-profit organizations and governmental agencies dedicated to research. Most biochemists complete a bachelors degree with a major in a scientific field but then go on to earn either a masters degree or a doctoral degree.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the demand for biochemists is expected to remain high well into the future but the availability of academic jobs is expected to be extremely competitive. However jobs in the private sector are less competitive and will yield higher salaries. The average yearly salary for a biochemist is approximately $69000 per year.