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Between 2006 and 2009, 2.3% of employed doctoral graduates, or 240 doctoral graduates in total are known to have been working as biochemists six months after graduation.
Doctoral level biochemists are typically found as HE researchers at the start of their careers, although many enter non-HE research roles in healthcare and scientific research and development.
Much of this research work is very similar in nature to the research work the new entrant carried out as a doctoral student, with an increased level of responsibility. As a result, most entrants into these research roles should have a good idea of the basic nature of the job and many of the key responsibilities. Clinical roles may be more different.
Biochemists produce, analyse and interpret data relating to patients' samples to assist with the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
Research biochemists investigate outstanding questions on biochemical issues, develop new techniques and theories and work on adapting existing ideas and techniques into practical products, services and therapies.
Clinical biochemists work with other heath professionals, such as biomedical scientists, to detect changes in the complex biochemistry of body fluids, for example, increases in glucose levels in diabetes mellitus. They develop and implement new techniques, interpret results and liaise with and advise clinical staff. They are responsible for the evaluation and quality assessment of diagnostic tests and play a role in developing and managing hospital and community analytical services.