Biochemistry By Alexander Petroski
Overview of Biochemistry • Biochemistry is the application and study of chemicals interacting with biological structures. • Began around the 20th century when scientists fused biology, chemistry, and physiology together. • Created as a way to explain reasons for diseases • Impacted medicinal research as well as pharmaceutical research.
Job Description and Activities • Biochemists study and research the biological processes in living systems. • They attempt to explain why certain biological processes respond the way that they do. • Biochemists attempt to figure out how to improve on these processes by changing around proteins and by adding/removing different chemical components.
Places of Employment • As a Biochemist, people are usually found in modern research facilities within universities. • They can also be found within hospitals and private-sector labratories. • Biochemists are also usually found in the Center for Disease Control and other larger government jobs.
Personal Characteristics • In order to be a Biochemist, one usually possesses the following attributes: • Curiosity of the chemical origins of life • Creative • Imaginative • Hardworking • Has mastered interpersonal skills • Must have written and oral communication skills
Occupational Outlook • Occupational outlook for Biochemists is currently very good in basically all areas. • Fields are constantly expanding, and research is needed in the genetics sector. • The agricultural field is also growing steadily. • Industrial need is ever-growing as well. • Professors in academia are constantly needed to teach future generations.
Education and Training • Biochemists usually have their undergraduate work specialized in Biochemistry or Chemistry. • There are specialized one-year programs after undergraduate work is completed for laboratory techniques. • Positions in laboratories and in teaching require a master’s degree at least, and prefer a doctoral degree.
Works Cited • Background Information: • http://www.mcgill.ca/biochemistry/information/biochemistry • American Chemical Society on Biochemistry • http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=PP_ARTICLEMAIN&node_id=1188&content_id=CTP_003379&use_sec=true&sec_url_var=region1 • Monster.com • Hotjobs.yahoo.com • The Medical Biochemistry Page • http://themedicalbiochemistrypage.org/