Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are at the forefront of advances in animal and plant biology. Understanding how cells and organisms function at the molecular level is fascinating. Biochemists are now able to probe the structure and function of specific biomolecules, see in exquisite detail how individual proteins work, understand how metabolic pathways are regulated, decipher the human genome, analyse the expression of specific genes, identify the molecular defects in human diseases and much more. We are living through an explosion of biological knowledge, and Biochemistry and Biotechnology are at the very centre of that excitement.
The impact of Biochemistry on modern life is enormous but the revolution is still just beginning! Not surprisingly, Biochemists are in great demand. Biochemistry graduates have one of the highest employment rates of graduates from any discipline. The continuing rapid expansion of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology promises excellent and exciting opportunities for new degree graduates for many years to come.
Biochemistry graduates are sought after in all areas of the Biosciences, but they also have the necessary skills to be strong candidates for many non-science careers as well.
Industry provides many opportunities in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food, brewing and agrochemical sectors where graduates work in research, clinical trials, marketing, sales and administration. Medically-related employment includes hospital laboratories, public health laboratories, forensics laboratories and medical research institutes.
A Biochemistry degree also provides a firm foundation for teaching throughout the school age range, including advanced teaching in the further and higher education sectors.
Biochemistry is a numerate subject that develops analytical thinking, creativity in problem solving and good-data handling ability. Not surprisingly, these skills are also much in demand for non-science careers, including sales and marketing, accountancy, finance and patent work.
Over the last decade, Biochemistry graduates have had one of the highest employment rates of all university graduates. Recent figures indicate a 98% employment rate for biochemistry graduates compared to 95% employment for biological science graduates and 94% for graduates of all disciplines. With the boom in the molecular sciences and biotechnologies, this favourable situation for biochemistry graduates looks set to continue.
Figures from recent Biochemistry graduates of the University of Leeds show that about 46% continued with further training (Masters courses and PhD), some 24% took science-related jobs including teaching and about 28% entered non-science training or employment.