What Can I do with a Degree in Biochemistry?

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Ideas for Careers and/or Places of Employment

Careers Reported by Biochemistry Majors on the American Community Survey

The following list of job titles was generated from American Community Survey data. Every year, the federal government surveys 3,000,000 people. This list shows some of the most-often reported careers for people who majored in Biochemistry. Please be aware that additional education, internships, or career-related experience may be a prerequisite to some of the careers on this list. Advising & Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration. To find a brief description of the following occupations, go the the Standard Occupational Classification system.

  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Physical Scientists
  • Medical Scientists and Life Scientists
  • Managers
  • Pharmacists
  • Dentists
  • Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
  • Chemists and Materials Scientists
  • Lawyers and Judges
  • Management Analysts
  • Biological Scientists
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Elementary and Middle School Teachers
  • Registered Nurses
  • Secondary School Teachers
  • Software Developers, Applications and Systems Software
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Physician Assistants
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Chief Executives and Legislators
  • Industrial Production Managers
  • Designers
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Miscellaneous Engineers, Including Nuclear Engineers
  • Marketing and Sales Managers
  • Computer Programmers
  • Veterinarians
  • Optometrists
  • Education Administrators
  • Chiropractors
  • Physical Therapists
  • Financial Managers
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Musicians, Singers, and Related Workers
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Firefighters
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Computer Support Specialists
  • Industrial Engineers, Including Health and Safety
  • Writers and Authors
  • Business Operations Specialists
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Counselors
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Compliance Officers
  • Human Resources Workers
  • Natural Sciences Managers

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Careers Reported by Biochemistry Majors (Recent Graduates) on College/University Surveys

This is a list of jobs Biochemistry majors have chosen; it DOES NOT REPRESENT every career possibility for Biochemistry majors. This list was generated from survey data published by colleges and universities across the United States. Please be aware that internships or other career-related experience may be a prerequisite to finding professional-level employment after graduation.  Advising & Career Services provides this list only as a tool for generating ideas for exploration.

  • Analyst for a healthcare consultancy
  • Analyst for a global management consulting firm
  • Analytical Chemist for a manufacturer of consumer health products
  • Assistant Research Coordinator for a university
  • Assistant Scientist for pharmaceutical research company
  • Associate for a management consulting firm
  • Business Analyst for a sales and marketing consulting firm
  • Clinical Associate for a biotechnology company
  • Clinical Data Manager for a biotechnology company
  • Clinical Research Coordinator for a university
  • Clinical Testing Associate Scientist for a pharmaceutical company
  • Community Worker for a health system
  • Crisis Advocate for a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating sexual violence
  • Curator for a museum
  • Customer Support Scientist for a manufacturer of clinical diagnostic solutions
  • Cytology Prep Technician for a medical center
  • Data Analyst for an integrated managed care consortium
  • Integration Engineer for a healthcare software company
  • Junior Research Specialist for a university
  • Lab Assistant for a neuroscience institute
  • Lab Technician for a cancer research center
  • Lab Manager for a medical center
  • Quantitative Management Associate for an investment bank
  • Regulatory Analyst for a chemical company
  • Research Assistant for a national laboratory
  • Research Associate for a company focused on DNA sequencing innovations
  • Research Associate 1 for a biomedical and genomic research center
  • Research Associate for a biotechnology company
  • Research Associate for a hospital
  • Research Chemist for a medical institute
  • Research Technologist for a medical school
  • Researcher for a federal agency responsible for biomedical and public health research
  • Scientific Associate for a biochemistry research company
  • Scientist 1 for a pharmaceutical company
  • Search Language Specialist for a multinational internet technology company
  • Secondary Science Teacher for a national educational nonprofit
  • Senior Data Analyst for a health system
  • Software Developer for a healthcare technology company
  • Staff Scientist for a pharmaceutical company
  • Strategy Analyst for a pharmaceutical company
  • Tour DJ for an indie band
  • Trader for a proprietary trading firm

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Additional Ideas 

This list of employers and job titles was generated from a variety of sources (Indeed.com, SimplyHired.com, State of Oregon jobs database, PSU Handshake, and employer career pages) using the keyword ‘biochemistry’. This list does not represent all the jobs Biochemistry majors can do; it is designed to be used as a starting point for considering possible employers and job titles.

  • AbSci:  Analytical Research Associate-Fermentation, Research Associate-Purification and Analyics, Senior Research Associate
  • Abcam: Production Associate, Research Associate
  • Hewlett-Packard (HP): Cell Biologist/Bioengineer
  • Center for Infectious Disease Research: Research Technician in the Sather Lab
  • Craft Brew Alliance: Quality Assurance Technician
  • DiabetOmics: Research Assistant
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: Research Technician 2 in the Kugel Laboratory, Research Technician 2 in the Saha Laboratory (Translational Liver Cancer Research), Immune Monitoring Specialist 1, Research Technician 2 in the McGuire Laboratory (Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division), Research Technician 2 in the Clurman Lab in the Clinical Research Division, Research Techncian 2 or 3 in the Stamatatos Lab in the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division
  • GloryBee Foods: Food Safety Compliance Supervisor
  • Legacy Health: Research Student
  • MilliporeSigma: Technical Writer-Scientific Background
  • Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU): Research Assistant 2 in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology; Safety Scientist 2 in the Department of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety; Research Assistant 2 in the Department of Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology; Research Assistant 2 in the Dr. Steven Mansoor Lab of the Knight Cardiovascular Institute
  • NemaMetric: Marketing Communications Specialist (requires biochemistry or other science degree)
  • Oregon State University Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics: Program Coordinator - Student Outreach and Retention
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory:  Undergraduate National Security Internship Program (Chemical and Biological Sciences)
  • Patheon: Senior Scientist 1, Downstream Scientist-Purification, Scientist-Analytical Development, Biopharmaceutical Production Technician, Scientist-Cell Culture Development
  • Portland State University: Laboratory Technician 1 for the Department of Chemistry
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital: Research Scientist in the Department of Immunity and Immunotherapies, Research Scientist 1 in the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research, Research Scientist 2 or 3 in the Integrative Brain Research Department
  • Shriners Hospital for Children: Research Specialist 1-Mouse Genetics
  • Schrodinger: Quality Assurance Scientist, Associate Epik Developer, Drug Discovery Associate
  • State of Washington: Forensic Scientist
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific: Polymer Chemistry Graduate Intern
  • Unigen: Senior Quality Control Chemist
  • Universal Cells: Quality Associate 2-Data Systems, Stem Cell Research Assistant
  • University of Oregon: Research Assistant for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • University of Washington Medical Center: Research Scientist/Engineer 1 in the Department of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Yellow Emperor: Formulator, Research and Development Herbalist/Botanist

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Government Classification Specifications

Classification Specifications are generic descriptions of jobs in government agencies. Generally, they provide an overview of the job and describe essential duties and responsibilities as well as requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) and educational requirements. Classification specifications can be useful in identifying organizations that hire people with an academic background in biochemistry.

State of Oregon Classification Specifications

Washington County Classification Specifications

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Sites with Career-Related Information for Biochemistry Majors

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Professional Associations

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PSU Chemistry Department