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Careers with a degree in Biochemistry from Otago

Career opportunities for Biochemistry graduates

Career opportunities for biochemistry graduates are available in: medicine, agriculture, publishing, research science, patent law, education, food and cosmetic industries, pharmaceuticals, and forensic science.

Biochemists and molecular biologists study the chemicals that make up animals, plants and micro-organisms. They use this research to develop medical, industrial and agricultural products.

The knowledge and skills learned during a biochemistry degree are valuable in many different career areas. This list covers many of them but is not comprehensive.

Some of these jobs may require further study at postgraduate level, particularly careers that involve carrying out or directing scientific research at a university, a government laboratory or a biotechnology company.

What our graduates have done with their biochemistry degrees

Dora Leahy (thumbnail photo)

Medical scientist - Dora Leahy

Matthew Prouse (thumbnail photo)

Cancer researcher - Matthew Prouse

Courtney McLauchlan (thumbnail photo)

Ventures Manager - Courtney McLauchlan

Dick Hitchings (thumbnail image)

Teacher - Dick Hitchings

You can find more stories about the careers of our biochemistry graduates on the Profiles of alumni page.

Stories about careers you can have with a biochemistry degree 

Still unsure what you can do with a biochemistry degree? We invited local graduates and employers to tell us about their jobs and career pathways to give you some more ideas:

Science Communicator - Otago Museum

Chief Technology Officer - Blis Technologies

Medical Writer - Kainic Medical Communications

Senior Operations Analyst - University of Otago

You can watch more people talk about their careers on this Careers with Biochemistry YouTube playlist.

Further careers information

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