Career outlook for biochemist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would research the chemistry of living cells to learn more about diseases or develop new drugs, medicines and crops.
Using scientific equipment and techniques you’d do tasks like examining samples under a microscope.
You could work in several different areas.
In a hospital, public health laboratory or research institute, you would:
- Test blood and other bodily fluids
- Research the causes of disease
- Explore new methods of treatment
If you worked in the pharmaceutical, food or brewing industries, you would:
- Develop new products
- Check the production process and do quality control
- Check the safety of existing products
In agriculture and the environment, you could work with water authorities, seed companies or local and central government.
- Do genetic engineering to create pest-resistant crops
- Improve the quantity of crops
- Work out how to make products in shops last longer
- Monitor the effects of pollution on the environment
You might also teach and do research in universities, colleges and schools, or medical, veterinary or dental schools.
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