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Biochemist and Biophysicist
Summary Job Description Education Skills, Abilities and Interests More Information

ActivitiesResearch or study chemical composition and processes of living organisms that affect vital processes -- such as growth and aging -- to determine chemical actions and effects on organisms such as the action of foods, drugs, or other substances on body functions and tissues.

OutlookFaster-than-average-job growth

Median Income$79,390 per year in 2010

Work Context & ConditionsBiochemists work indoors, and they must perform their jobs accurately, with a lot of attention to detail and to completing every task. Usually, they work regular hours in offices or laboratories and are not exposed to unsafe or unhealthy conditions. Biochemists who work with dangerous organisms or toxic substances in the laboratory must follow strict safety procedures to avoid contamination.

Minimum Education RequirementsBachelor's Degree

SkillsLearning Strategies, Critical Thinking, Active Listening, Writing, Equipment Selection, Time Management, Active Learning, Complex Problem Solving, Coordination, Reading Comprehension, Speaking, Science

AbilitiesDeductive Reasoning, Written Comprehension, Near Vision, Information Ordering, Inductive Reasoning, Written Expression

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