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What Can I Do With A Major In Biochemistry?

Biochemistry is the study of the chemical composition and physical principles of living cells and organisms, their electrical and mechanical energy, and related phenomena. It deals with the structures and functions of cellular components such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and other biomolecules. Other areas of biochemistry include cell metabolism, the endocrine system, the genetic code (DNA, RNA), protein synthesis, cell membrane transport, and signal transduction.

Biochemists find career opportunities in varied fields. Graduates frequently are hired by biochemical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical, or agricultural research laboratories operated by universities, medical schools, private enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and state and federal governments.

Visit CCSU’s Biochemistry Department webpage here.

Sample of Related Occupations



Biomedical Engineer


Clinical Research Specialist

College Professor

Dairy Technologist

Forensic Science Technician


Laboratory Director

Pharmaceutical Sales Representative



Process Engineer

Product Development Manager

Quality Control Inspector

Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Research Associate



For additional information on each occupation or any others you may be considering, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a nationally recognized source of career information, put together by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Professional Associations & Additional Career Information

American Chemical Society

American Institute of Biological Sciences

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Aspiring Docs

Biochemical Society

Biotechnology Industry Organization

Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

Explore Health Careers


The National Academies

National Institute of Health Office of Science Education

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

Professional Science Masters

Sloan Foundation Careers in Science, Technology and Medicine

Society of Toxicology

Internships, Co-ops and Employment Opportunities

Biochemistry majors may find experiential opportunities or employment in a number of areas depending on your skills, abilities and experience. Career-related internships and co-op placements are a great avenue to establishing yourself as a qualified candidate for full-time, professional-level career opportunities after graduation.

The following list of employers and job titles shows opportunities where the employer was specifically looking for biochemistry majors. This list is meant to be a resource for further career-related investigation and DOES NOT REFLECT current openings. To look for current openings, please visit College Central Network, CCSU's online job, internship, and co-op database, on the Career Success Center website here.

Celebration Foods (Carvel) - Quality Assurance Technician 

Clean Water Action - Global Warming & Clean Energy Internship

NASA - NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program

New Britain Health Department - Bioterrorism/Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Coordinator

Plum Island Animal Disease Center - Research Participation Program

Quest Diagnostics - Paramedical Sales Internship

Schreiber Foods - Production Team Advisor, Quality Assurance Team Advisor

The Metropolitan District Commission - Water Pollution Control Plant Shift Supervisor

U.S. Department of Agriculture - Plant Protection Aid/Technician

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Research Assistant