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Biochemistry is a purely science-based career that studies the biochemistry of living organisms, their molecular structure and how they interact with other processes.
This career can span many disciplines and industries including agriculture, fuel, veterinary science, food as well as the pharmaceutical and medical sectors.
In the case of medical biochemists, they work as part of teams responsible for discovering how medications react to our bodies and they contribute to the development of things like antibiotics and vaccines.
Biochemists can also work in the pathology sector where they analyse samples of patient specimens (like blood or mucous). By using very complex analytical studies and sophisticated equipment they can detect changes and diseases or pathogens in a patient’s body. Biochemistry is related to many other fields and biochemists can also choose to work in the fields of genetics, zoology, botany, physiology, physics, microbiology and chemistry.
If you’re really passionate about science and physics and have an inquisitive mind, a biochemistry career can work great for you.
Requirements to be a biochemist vary depending on the specific career path you wish to take; however, you will typically need the following qualifications to become a biochemist in South Africa:
Different educational institutions may have different admission requirements; however, you will typically be required to demonstrate competency in the following subjects:
Biochemists in South Africa can study anywhere between four to twelve years.
Depending on the specialist field you’ve decided on, biochemists typically work in the following places:
To find more information about biochemists in South Africa, contact the The South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions.