Your degree in Biochemistry

Skills you’ll develop

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 academic backgrounds, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. 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
  • Bioinformatician
  • Biological and medical illustrator
  • Biostatistician
  • Brewery laboratory analyst
  • Consumer protection specialist 
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Environmental attorney
  • Environmental scientist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Food and drug inspector
  • Food safety expert
  • Forensic scientist
  • Genetic counselor
  • Laboratory technician
  • Occupational therapist
  • Patent agent
  • Physical therapist
  • Public health inspector
  • Quality control technician 
  • Regulatory affairs expert
  • Technical writer
  • Technical sales representative
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinarian

Make the most of your specialization

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

Build your network

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 finding job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Biochemistry graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

From your Science degree, you’ll develop skills and experiences that can translate into many career paths. Check out other things you can do with your Science degree.