Biological scientist or biochemist
- Studies the physical and chemical form, structure, composition and function of living organisms.
- Identifies and studies the chemical substances, including microbial infections, involved in physiological processes and the progress of disease.
- Performs tests to study physiological and pathological characteristics within cells and other organisms.
- Researches the effects of internal and external environmental factors on the life processes and other functions of living organisms.
- Observes the structure of communities of organisms in the laboratory and in their natural environment.
- Advises farmers, medical staff and others, on the nature of field crops, livestock and produce and on the treatment and prevention of disease.
- Monitors the distribution, presence and behaviour of plants, animals and aquatic life, and performs other scientific tasks related to conservation
Typical Education Level
Entrants usually possess a degree. Entry may also be possible with an appropriate BTEC/SQA award, an Advanced GNVQ/GSVQ Level III, or other academic qualifications. Further specialist training is provided on the job. Some employers may expect entrants to gain professional qualifications.
Will retirement created job openings
In the UK, 13% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers
*This is based on national data
Average annual earnings
The current average wage for biological scientist or biochemist is £36,621
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,872. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.
Over the past year, 48 jobs have been posted for biological scientist or biochemist roles.
How well does it pay?
Normal pay for this occupation is £36,621 per year. That is about £3,052 per month or £18.78 per hour. New workers generally start on £22,854, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £56,843
Is it growing or declining?
This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 1,872 people are employed in the region.