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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.

Knowledge

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

Skills

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

Abilities

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

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Persistence
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • SAS software Hot Technology
  • The MathWorks MATLAB Hot Technology
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Operating system software
  • UNIX Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
doctoral degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$95,900
per year, on average
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