Career Details for Biochemical Engineers

Biochemical Engineers

Also called:

Engineering Director, Process Engineer, Research Associate, University Extension Specialist

What they do:

Develop usable, tangible products, using knowledge of biology, chemistry, or engineering. Solve problems related to materials, systems, or processes that interact with humans, plants, animals, microorganisms, or biological materials.

On the job, you would:

  • Maintain databases of experiment characteristics or results.
  • Read current scientific or trade literature to stay abreast of scientific, industrial, or technological advances.
  • Develop methodologies for transferring procedures or biological processes from laboratories to commercial-scale manufacturing production.

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Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • biology

Engineering and Technology

  • product and service development
  • design

Manufactured or Agricultural Goods

  • manufacture and distribution of products

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

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Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

People and Technology Systems

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

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Verbal

  • communicate by writing
  • communicate by speaking

Ideas and Logic

  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen

Math

  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide

Visual Understanding

  • see hidden patterns

user PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Persistence
  • Cooperation

computer TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software

  • SAS
  • The MathWorks MATLAB

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel

Operating system software

  • UNIX

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bachelor's degree or
doctoral degree usually needed

suitcase JOB OUTLOOK

outlook
BRIGHT

New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

SALARY
$97,300


per year, on average

This career is part of the green economy!

This career is part of the green economy.
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