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A student with a degree in biochemistry has many available options upon graduation. The growing fields of biotechnology and pharmaceutical development offer many opportunities for a skilled biochemist.
Biochemists are also employed at government laboratories (federal, state and local) performing such tasks as monitoring and protecting the environment, testing the safety and effectiveness of new drugs, and providing basic research support for industry.
In the field of education, biochemists with a Master's degree in education may teach high school biology or chemistry. Those with an advanced degree in biochemistry (usually a Ph.D.) may teach at the college or university level.
Clinical laboratories employ chemists to analyze body tissues and fluids to provide medical doctors with diagnostic information.
A degree in biochemistry also provides a solid background for many other occupations. With further education, a biochemist may become a medical doctor, a dentist or an attorney (patent or environmental law). The growing fields of forensic chemistry, food science, and technical writing also present employment opportunities. A biochemist may also elect to combine an interest in business with their technical knowledge and work their way into sales or management positions.