Your degree in Biochemistry

While studying biochemistry, you’re learning how to examine the complexities of life at a molecular level. You’ll develop important skills and master techniques that can apply across the life sciences.

These skills may include:

  • Analytical method development or validation
  • Advanced quantitative and qualitative analytical skills 
  • Logical and systematic critical thinking
  • Integration of appropriate theories with laboratory tools or procedures 
  • Drawing connections across complex processes 
  • Collaboration with laboratory teams across disciplines
  • Technical skills in ELISA, PCR, cloning, gel electrophoresis, western blots, southern transfers, DNA hybridization, protein assays, and enzyme digests
  • Usage of specialized instruments like pH meter, IR, and UV/VIS spectrophotometers

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including agriculture, biotechnology, alternative materials, business services, clean energy, health and pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, research, education, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

Agricultural scientist

Beer and wine maker

Bio-animator and filmmaker


Biological and medical illustrator


Brewery laboratory analyst

Consumer protection specialist 

Crime scene investigator

Environmental attorney

Environmental scientist


Food and drug inspector

Food safety expert

Forensic scientist

Genetic counselor

Laboratory technician

Medical doctor

Occupational therapist

Patent agent

Patent attorney

Physical therapist

Public health inspector

Quality control technician 

Regulatory affairs expert

Technical writer

Technical sales representative




Make the most of your specialization

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

Biochemistry, Pharmacology, and Physiology Club
Meet other UBC Biochemistry students through events and programs.

UBC Science Co-op
Gain work experience in biochemistry between study terms.

UBC Life Sciences Institute
Discover research opportunities, events, programs and student competitions in life sciences.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

Faculty of Medicine Summer Research
Get experience in undergraduate medical research at UBC.

UBC Pathology and Laboratory Medicine summer program
Apply for funding and propose your research project to gain clinical experience in laboratory medicine.

BC Children’s Hospital research program
Participate in an undergraduate research project related to child and family health.

Student Biotechnology Network
Attend events, meet industry leaders, and find opportunities in biotechnology.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors. 

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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