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Biochemists & Biophysicists

Also called: Research Assistant, Research Associate, Research Scientist, Scientist

Where in the Navy? In the Navy: Biochemist; Physiologist

What they do:
Study the chemical composition or physical principles of living cells and organisms, their electrical and mechanical energy, and related phenomena. May conduct research to further understanding of the complex chemical combinations and reactions involved in metabolism, reproduction, growth, and heredity. May determine the effects of foods, drugs, serums, hormones, and other substances on tissues and vital processes of living organisms.
On the job, you would:
  • Study physical principles of living cells or organisms and their electrical or mechanical energy, applying methods and knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry, or biology.
  • Share research findings by writing scientific articles or by making presentations at scientific conferences.
  • Prepare reports or recommendations, based upon research outcomes.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • chemistry
  • biology
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design

Skills

Basic Skills
  • using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems
  • 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
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
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
  • Integrity
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Attention to Detail
  • Innovation
  • Persistence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Accelrys QAUNTA
  • Fujitsu BioMedCache
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • GE Healthcare ImageQuant TL
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Accelrys Insight II
  • ChemInnovation Software Chem 4-D

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral degree or
post-doctoral training
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$81,480
per year, on average
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