Biochemist/Biophysicist at a Glance

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Best States for Biochemist/Biophysicist

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
New Jersey 3,890 $117,780 $57
Massachusetts 3,080 $101,930 $49
Delaware 230 $96,050 $46

Becoming a Biochemist/Biophysicist

Biochemists and biophysicists will need to complete Ph.D. in order to work in independent research and development positions. They typically begin their academic career by earning a bachelor's degree in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, physics, or engineering. A doctoral degree program in biochemistry or biophysics will include advanced coursework in toxicology, genetics, and the study of proteins, laboratory research, and take four to six years to complete.

There are very few online bachelor's or master's degree programs in biochemistry or biophysics. Online degrees in biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering are more common, but students should consult the admissions requirements of graduate schools if their goal is to eventually enroll in a doctoral degree program in biochemistry or biophysics. Degree programs in biochemistry or biophysics will include courses in physics, mathematics, chemistry, and biology. A sampling of classes in a degree program with a concentration on biochemistry may include:

  • Basic Principles of Modern Chemistry
  • Laboratory Measurements and Techniques
  • Calculus
  • General Physics

Postdoctoral careers in biochemistry and biophysics typically begin with a temporary appointment to a research position. Ph.D holders work for a period of two to three years to develop their understanding of their field and publish the results of their research. Biochemists and biophysicists may advance to a managerial, research team leader, or permanent college or university faculty position.