Applying for a Job: Career Paths for Biochemists

This section is primarily developed for aspiring undergraduate students who may consider Biochemistry as their research area of choice. Pursuing a career in Biochemistry can be immensely rewarding and exciting. There are several career paths a cell biologist can follow, including these:


Research in an academic or biotech setting is a viable and rewarding option for graduates and postdocs of The Biochemistry Department. There are numerous resources available to seek and apply for jobs in each of these categories. Please refer to Job Search section of this website.


Life science educators enjoy working with people and encouraging them to learn new things, whether in a classroom, a research lab, the field, or a museum.

  • Colleges and universities: Professors and lecturers teach introductory and advanced biology courses. They may also mentor students with projects and direct research programs.
  • Primary and secondary schools: Teaching younger students requires a general knowledge of science and skill at working with different kinds of learners. High school teachers often specialize in biology and teach other courses of personal interest.

Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industry

Biologists apply scientific principles to develop and enhance products, tools, and technological advances in fields such as agriculture, food science, and medicine.

Forensic Science

Forensic biologists work with police departments and other law enforcement agencies using scientific methods to discover and process evidence that can be used to solve crimes.

Patent Law

Biochemists can also join a law firm to excel in specialized patent law agent.

Science Writing and Communication

Journalists and writers with a science background inform the general public about relevant and emerging biological issues.

NIH Officers

Graduates of Biochemistry department can also seek position in the NIH as Project Officers, who act as a mean of communication between the researcher and peer-review committee.