- maths knowledge
- knowledge of biology
- knowledge of chemistry including the safe use and disposal of chemicals
- excellent verbal communication skills
- science skills
- knowledge of physics
- concentration skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- analytical thinking skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Your tasks will vary by industry
In the pharmaceutical, food or brewing industries, your work will include:
- developing new products
- monitoring production
- quality control
- checking the safety of existing products
In a hospital, public health laboratory or research institute, your work will include:
- carrying out tests on blood
- researching the causes of disease
- exploring new methods of treatment
In agriculture and the environment, your work will include:
- genetically engineering plants to create pest-resistant crops
- improving the quantity of crops
- developing and extending the shelf life of produce
- monitoring the effects of pollution on the environment
As a biochemist in education, you could work in universities or colleges, or medical, veterinary or dental schools.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
You could work at a research facility, in a laboratory or at a university.
With experience, you could become a team leader or manager, running a department, or move into research, sales and marketing, or scientific journalism.
You can find out more about becoming a biochemist from:Biochemical Society; Royal Society of Biology; The Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine