Love for Biochemistry?

Are you familiar with the chemical processes that govern our lives? Let us try to solve the questions about the study of the chemistry of living things and seek to understand the roles these play in developing and sustaining life.

What is Biochemistry?

The term biochemistry, which is the chemistry of life or the study of the processes behind all living organisms, was first coined in 1903 by Carl Neuberg, the father of biochemistry. Biochemistry is everywhere. General topics in biochemistry include: medicine, nutrition, molecular biology, and plant and animal biology. It deals with the structures and functions of cellular components such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and other biomolecules.

Video: A brief and concise introduction to biochemistry. What is it? What does it involve? And why is it important?

Career prospects in Biochemistry

Biochemists conduct research into such areas as the development of new medicines, solving environmental problems and helping farmers grow more nutritious food. The biochemical techniques have been used to produce vast amounts of once rare drugs and vaccines, trace the path of evolution, create instant tests for a host of illnesses, warn people when their children might inherit a deadly disease, and identify criminals and victims of disasters. Biochemists may work for a wide number of employers, such as pharmaceutical companies, research hospitals, universities and food-producing companies. Check more on exploring careers in Biochemistry. With the recent trend in the sciences to use Minecraft as a teaching aid, UK university aims to teach biochemistry to children using Minecraft and helped them discover how just 20 chemical building blocks can result in the astonishing diversity of structures and functions that are required to hold living things together.

 

Job Outlook

Although each occupation a biochemistry degree holder might work for has its own employment outlook, the statistics bureau predicts the employment of biochemists will increase 31 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. But as biochemists are in a small field, the growth will create only 7,700 new jobs over that time. The growth will be due to the demand for new medicines and medical procedures, cleaner energy, better crop yields and effective ways of protecting the environment.

2017 Salary Information for Biochemists

Biochemists earned a median annual salary of $82,180 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, biochemists  earned a 25th percentile salary of $58,630, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $117,340, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 31,500 people were employed in the U.S. as biochemists. The salary details of the year 2017 can be studied at https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Biochemist/Salary.

As a scientific discipline in its own right, biochemistry has a major impact on all areas of the life sciences and biochemists are in high demand among employers. Keep following my website for next blog article on basics of biochemistry.

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