Thursday, September 6, 2012

Careers in Biochemistry

Biochemistry is a division of science which studies the chemistry of living organisms, from the simplest to the most complex, and it seeks to explain how they work at the molecular level. A person who studies biochemistry is known as Biochemists. A biochemists study the elements, compounds and chemical reactions that are controlled by enzymes and take place in these organisms. The study of biochemistry includes structural and functional cellular components such as proteins, nucleic acids, bio-molecules and carbohydrates.
Biochemists have many specializations and almost all the specializations require good research techniques and the ability to combine and analyze information thoroughly.

Some courses offered under Biochemistry: -  

  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
  • Master of Science in Biochemistry
  • M.Phil in Biochemistry
  • Ph.D in Biochemistry




For admission into bachelor’s degree program a student must pass 10+2 in science stream with biology as the subject and minimum of 50% marks from any recognized board. The duration of the program is of 3 years.
For admission into master’s degree program a student must have a bachelor’s degree in the relevant subject. The duration of the program is of 2 years.



Few specializations under Biochemistry: -

  • Bioinformatics
  • Cell biology and signalling
  • Development and disease
  • Energy and metabolism
  • Genetics
  • Molecular biology
  • Plant biology


Job Prospects


Biochemists work in industry, agriculture, hospitals, research institutes and education institutions. There are good career opportunities in industry sectors such as food, brewing, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and agrochemicals, where biochemical knowledge is needed to develop new products and monitor the production, quality and safety of existing ones.
Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary subject having close links with chemistry, the other biological sciences, agriculture and medicine. Because of this graduates in biochemistry enjoy a wide range of career opportunities.

Some job profiles: -
  • Clinical Scientist
  • Research Associates
  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Biotechnologist
  • Research Scientist
  • Chemist
  • Microbiologist

Pay package: -

Fresh graduates can start a career with a pay package that ranges between Rs.20,000 to Rs.25,000.  There are great career opportunities for the people who want to join the research work in this field with good salary packages.  


Bio chemistry colleges in India

  •     Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh)
  •     All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi (Delhi)
  •     Andhra University: College of Science and Technology, Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh)
  •     Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar (Tamil Nadu)
  •     Assam University, Silchar (Assam)
  •     Avinashilingam University For Women, Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu)
  •     Banaras Hindu University: Faculty of Science, Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)
  •     Barkatullah Vishwavidyalaya, Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)
  •     Berhampur University, Berhampur (Orissa)
  •     Bharathiar University, Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu)
  •     Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli (Tamil Nadu)
  •     Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar (Haryana)
  •     Christ College, Rajkot (Gujarat)
  •     Christian Medical College, Vellore (Tamil Nadu)
  •     Delhi University, New Delhi (Delhi)
  •     Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore (Madhya Pradesh)
  •     Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh (Assam)
  •     Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University: Faculty of Science & Faculty of Life Sciences, Aurangabad (Andhra Pradesh)
  •     Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University, Faizabad (Uttar Pradesh)
  •     Fergusson College, Pune (Maharashtra)
  •     Gauhati University: Faculty of Science, Guwahati (Assam)
  •     Goa University: Faculty of Science, Taleigao Plateau (Goa)
  •     Gujarat University: Faculty of Science, Ahmedabad (Gujarat)
  •     Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar (Punjab)
  •     Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Kangra (Himachal Pradesh)
  •     Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi (Delhi)
  •     Kakatiya University, Warangal (Andhra Pradesh)
  •     Lalit Narayan Mithila University, Darbhanga (Bihar)
  •     Lovely Professional University, Phagwara (Punjab)
  •     Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak (Haryana)
  •     Mangalore University: Faculty of Science, Mangalagangothri (Karnataka)
  •     Manipur University, Imphal (Manipur)
  •     North-Eastern Hills University: Faculty of Science, Shillong (Meghalaya)
  •     Osmania University: Faculty of Science, Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh)
  •     Patna University, Patna (Bihar)
  •     Ponnaiyah Ramajayam Institute of Science & Technology, Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu)
  •     Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education And Research, Chandigarh (Chandigarh)
  •     Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh)
  •     Sambalpur University, Sambalpur (Orissa)
  •     Seedling Academy of Design, Technology and Management, Jaipur (Rajasthan)
  •     South Gujarat University: Faculty of Science, Surat (Gujarat)
  •     Sri Venkateswara University: Faculty of Science, Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh)
  •     The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara (Gujarat)
  •     University of Calicut, Kozhikode (Kerala)
  •     University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh)
  •     University of Kalyani: Faculty of Science, Nadia (West Bengal)
  •     University of Kerala: Faculty of Science, Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala)
  •     University of Madras, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
  •     University of Mysore, Mysore (Karnataka)
  •     University of Rajasthan, Jaipur (Rajasthan)

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