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High-Paid Biochemist and Biophysicist Jobs Increasing to 2022

Updated on October 5, 2016
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Growing new organs and reconnecting several spinal cords are soe of the achievements advancing in biochemistry and biophysics.
Growing new organs and reconnecting several spinal cords are soe of the achievements advancing in biochemistry and biophysics. | Source

Why Do We Study Bio-Sciences or Life Sciences?

People don't want to die, and if they can live longer, then they want to do it as healthy individuals and not as invalids ravaged by the diseases and conditions of old age. People don't want to be sick with chronic conditions at any stage of life, either. They also do not wish to be killed by biological warfare.

To this end, biological sciences help humans at all stages of the lifespan, from conception to the end of mortal life, to achieve the healthiest status possible.

This includes the human body and the nutrients that are ingested by it, genetic influences, vaccines and immunizations, and other aspects. We increasingly have the capacity to live to be centenarians or older, with increased health. Economics and politics sometimes play a role in how much progress can be achieved out of this capacity.

During autumn 2010, for example, biological scientists in Canada discovered a means of creating blood from skin tissue. This advance will help people by offering a supply of their own blood already on hand, if they need a transfusion during surgery.

New body tissues besides blood can increasingly be grown in the laboratory. Experiments that are advancing the regrowth of severed spines has been under way since at least the 1940s and is gaining momentum at Wright State University in Ohio and other research facilities. Since the same date, regeneration of missing limbs (France, 1940s) has been a goal that is becoming more achievable through biological sciences and bioengineering.

The high school and undergraduate educations of a potential biological scientist are heavy in STEM courses: Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Biology, marine biology, botany, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, and mathematics through trigonometry are useful. Agriculture courses, classes in nutrition, and others are applicable. See the list of top universities for Biological Sciences at the end of this Hub.



These biological scientist study chemical compositions of organisms and cells. They analyze complex chemical combinations and reactions in metabolism, reproduction, growth, and aging.


These biological scientist study physics as it relates to organisms and cells, particularly energy. They research assignments within neuroscience or bioinformatics to examine the molecular level of structures, properties, functions, and interactions.

Early Bio-Scientists

You may think that you do not know about any biophysicists or biochemists, but two of these professionals, James D. Watson and Francis Crick, discovered the double helix of DNA in the 1960s.

Among other importance, this discovery led the way to further discoveries in the diagnosis and treatment of the genetic causes of many diseases and conditions.

In the 21st Century, the original Watson-Crick discoveries are the basis for developing new health and medical treatments and wellness programs; and for developing ways of surviving long-term in reduced gravity on extraterrestrial facilities like the International Space Station, the Moon, and Mars.

We will be growing new organs larger than the small sections of esophagus already produced for surgical insertion via the use of an item as simple as ground up pig membrane or our own stem cells. This all can eliminate the time wasted on the debate of whether to use embryonic stem cells at all.

The biochemistry, biophysics, and biomechanical engineering sciences have done this for us in cooperation with other health/medical professionals and scientists and engineering specialists. Thus do the biological sciences provide some of the hottest jobs for 2012 - 2022.

Careers in Bioscience

Increase in Biochemistry Job Listings in 18 Months

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Additional increases occurred again in Autumn 2012 and Feburary 2013.
Additional increases occurred again in Autumn 2012 and Feburary 2013.
Additional increases occurred again in Autumn 2012 and Feburary 2013. | Source

Biological Sciences in Space

The Double Helix is represented around the Space Lab patch of Space Shuttle Columbia.
The Double Helix is represented around the Space Lab patch of Space Shuttle Columbia. | Source

Wages And Opportunities

During April 2016, Biochemistry jobs listed includes over 8,000 openings nationwide, while jobs in Biophysics numbered 2,500.

Approximately 80% of all job vacancy postings for Biochemists and closely related positions are made by divisions of General Electric, particularly GE Energy. Nearly half of all biochemical positions overall are with the US Federal Government or government contractors.

Compensation is generally high, according to this information:

  • Median salaries are about $84,000/year and higher in research settings; although the MS and PhD degrees are often required at the highest-earnings levels of employment.
  • The average yearly salary across positions listed on the Internet in November 2013 through November 2015 for Biochemistry Jobs is $60,000+. For Biophysics jobs, the comparable average is $79,000+.
  • Biological Science BS degree earners can also teach science at the high school level in many US States.

Biochemistry Jobs

Top 10 Hiring Companies

  1. GE Energy, GE Healthcare, General Electric Corporate, GE Commercial Finance, GE Aviation
  2. Kelly Scientific Resources
  3. Siemens - Number One Leader in hearing aides globally
  4. Merck
  5. Kaiser Permanente
  6. EMD
  7. Bristol Myers Squibb
  8. BMS
  9. Illumina, Inc.
  10. Genzyme

Other leading companies posting jobs include Beckman Coulter, Inc., Medtronic, St. Jude Medical, Stryker, Becton Dickinson & Company, Draper Laboratory.

Major Centers for Hiring

  1. Cambridge MA
  2. San Diego CA
  3. Boston and Billerica MA
  4. Los Angeles and South San Francisco CA
  5. Seattle WA
  6. Philadelphia and West Point PA
  7. New York, NY (Manhattan)
  8. St. Louis MO
  9. Madison WI
  10. Frederick MD

Biophysics Jobs

Leading Colmpanies Currently Hiring

  1. Texas Children's Hospital,
  2. DeKalb Medical,
  3. Science Careers,
  4. White Plains Hospital Center,
  5. Rex UNC Healthcare,
  6. Citrus Valley Health Partners,
  7. AtlantiCare,
  8. Johnson & Johnson,
  9. Pfizer,and
  10. Harrison Medical Center.

Top Job Titles in High Demand:

  1. Registered Nurse (Including Nurse Practitioners and Research Nurses),
  2. Assistant Professor,
  3. Research Associate,
  4. Scientist,
  5. Assistant Professor of Physics,
  6. Laser Technician, and
  7. Postdoctoral Scholar.

Sample Job Descriptions

Sample Job Description: Biochemist in Defense

The Work Group develops systems and technology for disaster preparedness, etc., focusing primarily on chemical and biological defense, under the leadership of the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of Defense.

Interdisciplinary Work Group:researchers are diverse - electrical, mechanical, chemical, and biomedical engineering, physics, mathematics, CIS, chemistry, and biology. Target activities include support for additional Homeland Security missions, natural disaster management, forensics; with electronics and algorithm support for other missions.

The Biochemist hired will be part of a multidisciplinary team that examines chemical sensor requirements and capabilities in various applications. He/she may work in sensor technology development that includes analysis, design, development, testing. and evaluation. Field experiments may require travel. Work will involve chemical and explosive threat defense and threat model simulation.

Sample Job Description: Biochemist in Agriculture and Nutrition

The Biochemist will work in planning, designing, and executing lab-based work packages to express and purify recombinant expressed proteins; and, develop and perform immunological and biochemical assays for proteins to aid protein-based discovery and trait development (for enhanced crop yield and quality, disease resistance, and nutritional value).

The Biochemist will also accurately prepare data summaries and reports, and perform presentations on research findings. He/she will maintain an ongoing professional development program individually, with aid of the company. The Biochemist will identify proteins, detect and assay, provide technical support and expertise. He/she must have creative problem solving skills, strong planning and organizational skills, and the ability to work with all levels of personnel.


  • BS in Biochemistry, plant or weed science, or plant pathology.
  • 10 years experience, or MS degree and 7 years experience.
  • Demonstrated abilities in protein isolation/purification, protein expression, immunological and biochemical analyses, mass spectrometric data analysis, etc.
  • Experience in plant molecular biology, biochemistry, and immunological methods.

Best Schools to Consider

Higher Education: Top 10 Schools for Biochemistry and Biophysics

  1. Harvard University - Boston MA
  2. Stanford University - Stanford CA
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge MA
  4. Yale University - New Haven CT
  5. University of California--San Francisco
  6. Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore MD
  7. University of California--Berkeley
  8. California Institute of Technology - Pasadena CA
  9. Rockefeller University - NYC
  10. Scripps Research Institute - La Jolla CA


Reference: US News and World Reports list for 2015.

© 2010 Patty Inglish MS


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