Biochemists and Biophysicists

Career Overview

Biochemists and biophysicists study the processes within living things including heredity, cell development, and disease.


A master's or doctoral degree in biology, biochemistry, physics, or a related field may be required for this position. A master's degree typically takes about two-three years to earn after first earning a four-year bachelor's degree. A doctorate may take an additional two-three years after the master's degree is earned, depending on the specific program.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$45,000 /yr
$82,000 /yr
$158,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Math - as much as possible, including calculus!
  • Science - as much as possible, including chemistry, biology, and physics!
Work Environment

Biochemists and biophysicists typically work in research organizations, universities, and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Future Outlook

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada