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Biochemist

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Biochemists study the way living organisms work. They study the chemistry of living cells at all levels, from viruses and bacteria to plants, animals and human beings. If working in the area of human health, they are also called clinical biochemists or clinical scientists.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Salaries for qualified, registered clinical biochemists in the NHS are generally on Agenda for Change Band 7, £37,570 to £44,688 a year. Starting salaries for pre-registration trainees are on Band 6, £30,401 to £38,046 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2019. Pay rates in the private sector vary.

Salaries for research posts at universities range from around £25,000 up to £41,000 a year.

Conditions

You would probably work in a laboratory, which could be in:

In all cases:

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
9901
1.8 %
RISE
2024
10079
  United Kingdom
2019
85285
1.8 %
RISE
2024
86780

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You should have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Future Morph website shows you some of the amazing and unexpected places that studying science, technology, engineering and maths can take you. Adverts for posts for clinical biochemists in Scotland usually appear in professional body journals and in the New Scientist. (www.newscientist.com).

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine (ACB)
Tel: 020 7403 8001
Website: http://www.acb.org.uk/
Twitter: @ABPI_UK

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) (Scotland)
Tel: 0131 523 0497
Website: http://www.abpi.org.uk
Website (2): http://careers.abpi.org.uk
Twitter: @ABPI_UK

Biochemical Society
Tel: 020 7685 2400
E-mail: education@biochemistry.org
Website: http://www.biochemistry.org/
Twitter: @BiochemSoc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Biochemical-Society/99242639743

You can download a free careers booklet for 16-18 year olds from the website.

Royal Society of Biology
Tel: 020 7685 2400
E-mail: education@rsb.org.uk
Website: http://www.rsb.org.uk
Twitter: @RoyalSocBio
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalSocBio

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