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Career Research Project
Transcript of Career Research Project
- On a daily basis, biochemists analyze tissue samples for signs of disease and help develop and test new products such as drugs and cosmetics.
By: Vani Guglani
Planning 10 Block 4
Nature of Work
- Biochemists study the make-up of living things and the chemical reactions involved in processes such as breathing and eating.
Simon Fraser University
Name of Program: Masters of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
Name of Program: Masters of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Some of the work they do involves preparing samples for testing and observing and collecting data from tests and experiments.
- Personality traits in those hoping to pursue this career that would be helpful are: curious, detail oriented, analytical and logical.
- Some special skills needed are: the ability to use scientific rules to solve problems, conducting tests and experiments with utmost precision and the ability to use mathematics to solve scientific and technological problems.
- Biochemists study aspects of the immune system, the expressions of genes, isolating, analyzing, and synthesizing different products, mutations that lead to cancers, and manage laboratory teams and monitor laboratory work.
- Biochemists are responsible for planning and conducting research experiments, mainly for developing new products, and updating existing products.
- It is also a responsibility of biochemists to present their research findings and create grant proposals to obtain funds for future research.
- Most biochemists work a regular 5-day, 40 hour workweek. However, it's not uncommon for them to work overtime in order to meet important deadlines.
- Biochemists who are instructors at universities may have to work longer hours at certain times of the year to get all the marking done.
- Biochemists do most of their work indoors in laboratories and offices that are well-lit, well-ventilated and comfortable.
- Depending on their area of specialization, some may have to do field research for certain periods of time each year, though this is rare for biochemists.
- Biochemists can be exposed to chemical or environmental hazards during the course of their research.
- The national average wage for a biochemist ranges between $50,000 to $90,000 a year.
- The top salary for a biochemist is $135,000 or more, depending on the level of responsibility.
- Biochemists may receive extra hourly wage if they work overtime.
- Some benefits people in this profession receive are: health and dental insurance, paid vacation time and sick leave, and pension fund contributions. Some biochemists, especially those working in the private sector, may also receive annual performance related bonuses.
- Work can be found in Universities, as well as private laboratories.
Education and Training Requirements
-The minimum educational requirement for becoming a biochemist is a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry or a closely related field.
- A Bachelor's degree usually takes 3-4 years to complete.
- The average cost to get a bachelor's degree is $25,143 per year for a private college and $6,585 per year for a public college.
- Many senior research jobs and most academic positions require applicants to have completed a PhD, which takes another 4 years.
- Depending on the area of specialization, professional certification may be required after post-secondary training is complete.
Some fields may also require knowledge of technology.
This MBB Graduate program provides advanced education and research training for a career in Academia or Industry. These MSc and PhD programs emphasize research apprenticeship in combination with relevant course work, students have the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with researchers from a wide range of disciplines.
In this course, facilities are available for original investigations in many fields of biochemistry and molecular biology. Areas of research include: control of gene expression in eukaryotes and bacteria; structure and function of genes; blood proteins; the mechanisms of multi-drug resistance; cancer; etc.
Two institutions where I could develop the skills and knowledge required to be a Biochemist are:
Two community programs that I could be involved in are:
Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences
This is a national membership for professionals in the molecular biosciences. By participating in this society, one can help build a strong community of scientists.
By participating, members get benefits like strong collective advocacy voice, access to travel awards for Trainees and eligibility for awards and prizes.
Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada
This is a non-profit organization that provides information about environmental careers. This is helpful for someone wanting to be a biochemist as biochemistry and environmental careers are closely related.
Members can build meaningful environmental careers through certification, training and networking.
Biochemistry is the best fit for a personality like mine. I love to analyze things and I have an eye for detail. I have a logical mind and I love mathematics and science.
I am passionate about researching new methods of preventing and treating deadly diseases. I feel that my contribution to human-kind would be best through biochemical research in health care.
- Research positions in biochemistry are based on grants under the professors and researchers working in a field, and offer temporary employment.
- Grants are given to researchers by funding organizations and the government depending on their focus of interest.
- Career prospects vary with changes in political environment as well as the prevailing market competition.
- Some areas of research have more economic potential than the others.