Careers Opportunities and Benefits
Becoming a Biochemistry major helps you get closer to careers at the forefront of scientific exploration and effective change. YCP’s BS in Biochemistry prepares you for entry-level careers such as lab technician, scientist, and researcher in pivotal fields such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, energy, agriculture, food processing, and biotechnology. The program also offers ideal preparation for academic and medical career pathways.
Biochemistry Career Preparation
A bachelor’s degree in biochemistry supports students seeking careers in a variety of industries, even beyond the typical bioscientific laboratory or office settings. Possible entry-level jobs with a BS in Biochemistry include:
- Medical or Clinical Laboratory Technician
- Clinical Data Coordinator
- Biological Scientist
- Federal Regulator
- Science Journalist
- Science Writer
- Technical Salesperson
Whether you work for regulatory compliance, to develop new chemical knowledge, or on a team making medical discoveries, earning a BS in Biochemistry can get you closer to your dream biomedical or bioscientific career.
Pathway to Advanced Professions
Graduates of the BS in Biochemistry are prepared to continue their education in graduate programs in academic, medical, or clinical research disciplines.
The path to advanced professional roles such as senior biochemist, academic researcher, or doctor can begin with a bachelor’s in biochemistry but requires students to opt for further graduate education. Biochemistry majors at YCP gain the skills to confidently apply to graduate and professional programs in fields such as:
- General Medicine
- Veterinary Medicine
Whether you see yourself in research and development for private or public sector organizations, becoming a practicing physician, or furthering biochemical research at a respected educational institution, develop your potential with our Biochemistry major.
Biochemistry Career Salary and Outlook
Biochemistry majors at York College earn a competitive advantage in an in-demand field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 15% employment growth for biochemists and biophysicists, and an 11% growth for life scientists over ten years by 2031, higher than the average across all occupations. From aging populations driving biomedical and pharmaceutical research to the development of environmentally sound products and systems in energy, manufacturing, and business, skilled scientists with work experience are needed in many professions.
Pennsylvania ranks in the top five states with the highest employment of biochemists and biophysicists, along with neighboring states New Jersey and New York, according to the BLS. This prime location means YCP Biochemistry majors can find work as an undergraduate nearby and have a strong outlook for post-graduation job placement.
Earning potential varies for biochemistry-related careers depending on specific responsibilities, location, niche skills, professional degrees or certifications, and years of experience. The BLS reports the following average annual salaries: