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I asked a question earlier and I haven't gotten any response...I asked if I can go for my masters in pharmacy with a degree of biochemistry or which other course can I do with high chance of employment
Original post by Balogun Bisola
I asked a question earlier and I haven't gotten any response...I asked if I can go for my masters in pharmacy with a degree of biochemistry or which other course can I do with high chance of employment

Can you not find a job/career that interests you with your biochem degree? (see below)
Doing pharmacy now will take 4 yrs of full-time study, plus the pre-reg year to qualify.
Have you thought of a one or two year Masters like an applied science masters, or even an MBA, to move into a business role? Or a conversion to law?

As it is going to take half a decade of fees and living expenses, personally I would look to try and build on what I already had, unless you are maybe able to live at home, and have generous parents to help with fees and living expenses for most of the 2020s?
To be honest, after looking at the huge variety of jobs on offer, it looks like you have so much more choice than what you can do with biochem rather than pharmacy.
90% of pharmacists either work in retail (chemist shops!) or hospital.

Here is some advice from the Prospects site.

Job options
Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Academic researcher
Analytical chemist
Biomedical scientist
Clinical research associate
Clinical scientist, biochemistry
Forensic scientist
Medicinal chemist
Physician associate
Research scientist (life sciences)
Scientific laboratory technician
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Chartered accountant
Environmental engineer
Health and safety inspector
Medical science liaison
Patent examiner
Science writer

Typical employers
The main employers of biochemistry graduates in the public sector include:

Environment Agency and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency
forensic science services
government departments
National Health Service
research institutes
Opportunities exist in public health laboratories such as Public Health England and in the laboratories of companies such as Fera.

Biochemistry graduates are also employed in industry. Typical employers include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food, water and agricultural companies. Small companies employ biochemists to provide specialist services, such as toxicological studies.

Other employers include scientific and medical publishers and the Intellectual Property Office (as patent examiners). You can also use your biochemistry skills and knowledge in areas such as sales and marketing, where you could be selling the latest technology, and law firms dealing with scientific cases.

Find information on employers in science and pharmaceuticals, healthcare, teacher training and education and other job sectors.

Skills for your CV
During your degree you'll develop specific skills associated with biochemistry, such as:

in-depth knowledge of molecular biology techniques
practical laboratory skills
the ability to understand complex biological processes
the ability to assemble an argument and engage in debate
observation skills
research and data analysis
critical thinking and problem solving.
Other general skills include:

maths and information technology
communication and presentation
report writing
planning and time management
the ability to work to deadlines
self-management and the ability to work independently.
You can demonstrate your experience in these areas by giving examples from the practical work and group projects included in your degree course, as well as any work experience you've done.

Prepare for a range of careers in scientific research

study Imperial's MRes in Biomedical Research

Further study
Some undergraduate courses integrate three years of undergraduate study with a further fourth year of study at postgraduate level, leading to a Masters qualification.

Study at Masters or PhD level is usually required for a career in research or industry. A PhD, for example, is essential for academic research or to secure a career as an academic lecturer. Even for associated careers such as publishing, science communication or clinical careers, further qualifications can be an asset and are becoming increasingly important.

You'll also need to undertake further study for careers in teaching or law, for example.

With a biochemistry degree you can also apply for graduate entry to medicine, dentistry and veterinary science.

For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search postgraduate courses in biochemistry.

What do biochemistry graduates do?
A fifth (21%) of graduates are working in the UK either as biochemists and biomedical scientists (9%), laboratory technicians (8%) and biological scientists (3%) 15 months after graduation. A large proportion of graduates go on to further study.

Destination Percentage
Employed 48.2
Further study 23.8
Working and studying 10.8
Unemployed 9.9
Other 7.3
Graduate destinations for biochemistry
Type of work Percentage
Science 29.2
Business, HR and finance 14.7
Retail, catering and customer service 10.2
Marketing, PR and sales 8
Other 37.9
Types of work entered in the UK
Find out what other biochemistry graduates are doing 15 months after finishing their degrees in What do graduates do?

Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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