You will have acquired or developed a wide range of
invaluable skills and experience as part of your biochemistry degree, including
specialised skills such as the ability to understand complex biological
processes, as well as many more general skills like numeracy and communication.
But what happens once you have graduated and have to head into the wider
science jobs market?
In truth, you may not feel ready to apply for science roles
straight away and indeed, many of those wishing to pursue bioscience careers undertake
further study such as a PhD, which is essential for academic research. Alternatively,
you may decide to enter the general graduate jobs market or look to gain professional qualifications in a non-science
field like teaching, law or finance.
What if I would like
to become a biochemist?
As one of the most respected science recruitment agencies in
the UK, Hyper Recruitment Solutions is here
to provide you with all of the assistance that you require to secure a
rewarding role in biochemistry after you graduate, encompassing CV and
interview advice and actual advertisements for biochemistry vacancies.
As with other science jobs, work experience can play a big
role in helping you to secure your dream role. You will have already developed
practical and technical skills through the laboratory-based work and final year
research project of your biochemistry degree, but you may further boost your
marketability to employers by acquiring relevant work experience, such as in a
research laboratory as part of a summer internship.
Once you have secured a biochemistry role, you will develop
your skills on the job, possibly as part of a structured graduate training
programme provided by your employer. You may also seek to reinforce your
professional scientist status and keep your biochemistry knowledge up to date
through membership of a professional body, such as the Society of Biology or
the Biochemical Society.
Your work as a biochemist will mainly take place in a
laboratory, working from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. It may be required in
some jobs to work shifts, as well as for longer hours during busier periods.
Many biochemists also work on a part-time basis.
How much could I earn
as a biochemist?
detailed by the National Careers Service, trainee clinical biochemists on the
NHS Scientist Training Programme can expect to earn a salary of around £25,000
a year, from which point, the NHS's Agenda for Change (AfC) pay structure
applies. Qualified clinical biochemists in the NHS, for example, start in Band
6, earning between £26,302 and £35,225. With experience, you will have the
option of applying for Band 7 jobs commanding salaries of up to £41,373.
Postdoctoral researchers and research fellows, meanwhile,
can command salaries of £29,000 to £36,000 a year, and for research scientists
in industry, the guideline wage is between £23,000 and £42,000 a year.
With biochemistry graduates employed by various other public
sector organisations such as the Environment Agency and government departments,
as well as across a wide range of companies in such industries as
biotechnology, agriculture, food and water, there's no question that a
biochemistry degree can stand you in extremely good stead in your search for
Talk to our experts
here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions today about the best next steps to take