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Career as Biochemist

Biochemistry is a field of science that studies chemical processes happening in living organisms. As its name suggests, this subject is a subdivision of both Biology and Chemistry. The recent studies in Biochemistry are related to the activity on the molecular level. Biochemists study enzymes, proteins, fats and carbohydrates. The career prospects are very helpful in the medical sciences. Since the medical field is ever fostering, the requirement for Biochemists has always been high. Biochemistry has also been proven useful in the agriculture industry, especially for crop cultivation.

Job Profile

Career as Biochemist

A wide plethora of jobs are offered to biochemists in various streams. Medical sciences and agriculture have a high demand for biochemists, with the food and education sector also requiring them. Many private and public sectors are keen to recruit Biochemistry graduates in India. However, it can be taken into consideration that the United Kingdom has a specially large requirement of biochemistry graduates which also pays well.

Name of Job/Role

Average Salary offered (at 2-5 years of work experience)

Top recruiting companies


Rs 1.3 Lakh to Rs 14.35 Lakh per annum

Cipla, Ranbaxy, Surya Pharma  Ltd.


Rs 1.23 lakh to Rs 7.29 Lakh per annum

Hindustan Lever, Bincon India Ltd., Thapar Group

Forensic scientist

Rs 3 Lakh to Rs 4 Lakh per annum

CBI, Central Forensic Lab, Documentation Examination Laboratories at Central and State Level

Clinical scientist

Up to Rs 5 Lakh per annum

Zydus Ahmedabad, Biophore Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd., National Health Mission

Medical chemist

Rs 2.90 Lakh to Rs 15 Lakh per annum

Lupin, Cipla, Sun Pharmaceuticals

Clinical Research associate

Rs 25 thousand to Rs 5 Lakh per month

Pristyn Research, Milagro Clinical research


Rs 25 thousand to Rs 35 thousand per month

Johnson and Johnson, Minatech, Meticulum

Physician associate

Rs 35 thousand and above

Science37, Allscripts, Apixio


Rs 10 thousand to Rs 40 thousand per month

Lupin, Cipla, Sun Pharmaceuticals

Biomedical scientist

Rs 1.2 Lakh to 2.2 Lakh per annum

CBI, Documentation Examination Laboratories at Central and State Level

Future Growth Prospects and How to get there faster

Since the requirement for biochemists is a lot in various industries, it doesn’t take long for a prospective biochemist to become successful. However, getting a PhD in the field increases the chances of getting the required job considerably. Getting a Master’s degree in biochemistry is also very helpful. It might become a little bit difficult for some of the candidates as education takes a lot of time, but this field is for the better of humanity.

People interested in philanthropy are usually preferred for these jobs. Candidates require work experience of about 2-5 years to get a decent job. It takes them about three years to reach their goal of becoming successful.

Pros and Cons of being a Biochemist


  • The field is for the better for humanity

  • There is always hope for gaining new information in this field as it is a developing subject matter.

  • It is one of the most prosperous fields of study.

  • Government is usually eager to recruit hard-working biochemists and offers attractive financial AIDS for students pursuing biochemistry.


  • Studies can be long and tiring

  • Candidates might not be aware of all the aspects of Biochemistry yet

  • Students might encounter a tough competition while appearing for entrance examinations for the master’s degree and for gaining a PhD degree

How do I get there?

Candidates who wish to pursue biochemistry need to clear their 10+2 with a minimum percentile of 50% in science stream. Generally, the result of class 10th isn’t considered important. One can pursue a Bachelor’s of Science in the stream of Biochemistry to explore the relationship between chemistry and biology. It is a three-year course. Special attention is paid to percentile scored in 10+2 for admission in Bachelor’s courses. The Master’s in Science specialising in Biochemistry is a two-year course. Other options for post-graduation are M.Phil in Biochemistry and MD in Biochemistry; however MBBS is compulsory to appear for the MD program. The entrance test for the Master’s degree is mostly merit-based. Students can further pursue their interest in Biochemistry with a PhD in Biochemistry. The selection for the PhD course is through entrance tests such as CSIR, UGC-NET and GATE.

Biochemistry graduates can work in various fields, which include: 

  • Blood service

  • Agriculture and fisheries

  • Cosmetic industry

  • Drug manufacturing companies

  • Public health Laboratories

  • Forensic science

  • Research departments

  • Hospitals

  • Educational institutes

How much does it cost?

With the intensive education one receives in Biochemistry, there are different fee structures set by different colleges. The average fees for a Bachelor’s degree range from Rs 35,000 to 1,50,000 for a three-year program. A two-year course for Masters in biochemistry charges about Rs 32,000 to 2,50,000. A three-year doctorate in Biochemistry usually charges Rs 40,000 to 4,00,000. 

Colleges charge separately for the admission process. The living expenses are usually not included in the fee structure. Many colleges offer attractive scholarship programs to pay for a part of the tuition fees.


What are the top colleges where one should be studying to become a Biochemist

As the demand for biochemists is in abundance in India, many colleges offer courses in Biochemistry. Biochemistry is one of the most popular courses in India. Due to this factor, there is a strong competition students face. Some of the best colleges which offer courses in Biochemistry are :

Rank of College 

Name of College, City

Programme Fees (approximately)


Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi

Rs 6,200


Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar

Rs 3.6 Lakh


Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu

Rs 34,000


Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune

Rs 24,000


Maharshi Dayanand University,


Rs 20,000


Andhra University, Visakhapatnam

Rs 30,000


Parul University, Vadodara

Rs 80,000


Pondicherry University, Pondicherry

Rs 43,000

Books and other Study Material

  • Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry

  • Harper's Illustrated Biochemistry

  • Biochemistry: Eighth edition

  • Lippincott Illustrated Reviews: Biochemistry

  • Biochemistry: Fourth Edition

  • BRS Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetics

  • Person’s Biochemistry

The study material for biochemistry can be easily found on platforms such as Amazon. Many of these books are also available in local bookstores.

What if this career does not work out for me? What are the other options for a person with these credentials?

Apart from the medical industry and agricultural industry seeking biochemistry students, getting a PhD degree can be very helpful for students who aspire to become teachers or professors in colleges and universities. Apart from having a teaching career, students who have studied biochemistry can also become health consultants as they have ample knowledge of the body and its functions. Being a health consultant in the sports industry offers an attractive pay grade. There are various other jobs which accept a degree in biochemistry which include patent examiner, chartered accountant, environmental engineer, science writer, health and safety inspector and toxicologist.

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