How to become a Biochemist

Biochemists study the chemistry of living systems to increase scientific knowledge and develop ways to apply this knowledge in areas such as medicine, veterinary science, agriculture, environmental science and manufacturing. Biochemistry provides a basis for all the life sciences.

Personal requirements of a Biochemist

  • Enjoy chemistry, biology and mathematics
  • Able to think logically and analytically
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team
  • Creative and imaginative

Education & Training for a Biochemist

To become a biochemist you usually have to complete a science or applied science degree at university with a major in biochemistry, environmental chemistry, molecular biology or a related field. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, biology, chemistry, earth and environmental science, mathematics and physics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,291

Future growth:

relatively steady

Employment by state:

ACT 0.7%

NSW 35.5%

NT 2.9%

QLD 22.2%

SA 9.8%

TAS 3.1%

VIC 17.4%

WA 8.3%

Hours worked:

40.3

Unemployment:

below average

Gender split:

Male 46.9%

Female 53%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 52.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 47.1%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 37.3%

Above 35 years: 64.2%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




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