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Biochemistry, also known biological chemistry, is the study of the chemical reactions and compositions as found within a living organisms. Individuals in this field work to understand how the various chemical functions and compositions work to keep a given organism going. Most positions in this field are research related with the intention of better understanding the living world.
Education and Schools
A student may pursue degrees at the bachelor, master and doctoral level, with each providing a better understanding and increased specialization in the field. A program will provide education in various sciences, as well as educating individuals in the methods , techniques and equipment used to perform, monitor and log experiments. Higher levels of education may also allow for more specialized research and even teaching opportunities.
A curriculum may include:
- Research Methodologies
- Laboratory Science
Any student wishing to enroll in a biochemistry program should find a school that has a current laboratory and facilities in order to be able to effectively learn the needed education and skills prior to entering the workforce. Schools that have active research programs in place and offer internship or research positions as part of their program are generally more effective in their educational output than those that do not. Once the list is narrowed, students should contact departments to see what opportunities are specifically available prior to making their final choice.
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is a nonprofit organization established to promote the interests of biochemists and molecular biologists. In particular the organization promotes education through the publication and dissemination of research and information related to the field.
Biochemistry as a career is typically pursued through public or private research programs either conducted by schools, public agencies or private companies with an interest in research and development. Biochemists are expected to experience a large percentage of growth over the next decade, though the overall job creation will be small due to the minimal size of the field. As such positions should be readily available for willing individuals, particularly as the need for new medications results in job opening at pharmaceutical companies.