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What to do with a biochemistry degree??

Hiiii so I’ll be starting biochemistry this year at royal Holloway. I chose ur because I know I want to do something science based and biochem provides a lot of options but I’m still indecisive on what career I want.

Is anyone here doing biochemistry or has done and so do you know what you want to be???
I know there’s a lot of options in terms of the course itself but I want to know what I can actually become and what has a good salary.

A lot of people do medicine after biochem/biomed but I don’t think it’s for me anymore and even then my a levels probably won’t be enough. But I still want an impressive career and something with a good salary please help me guysssss
Original post by Whynot3
Hiiii so I’ll be starting biochemistry this year at royal Holloway. I chose ur because I know I want to do something science based and biochem provides a lot of options but I’m still indecisive on what career I want.

Is anyone here doing biochemistry or has done and so do you know what you want to be???
I know there’s a lot of options in terms of the course itself but I want to know what I can actually become and what has a good salary.

A lot of people do medicine after biochem/biomed but I don’t think it’s for me anymore and even then my a levels probably won’t be enough. But I still want an impressive career and something with a good salary please help me guysssss

Hey @Whynot3 :smile: I know a few people who studied a similar degree and they've gone in to roles such as drug manufacturing, research, and working in the NHS (the person I know worked in the Blood Transfusion team). I know someone currently enrolled in a similar course who's got an interest in IVF technology and wants to pursue a career in that area or in research. Like you say it is pretty broad!

Once you get to University you'll study lots of new things that will help shape your career path. When I started my degree I wanted to do something totally different from where I ended up thanks to my experiences during my studies. When you enjoy a class speak to your lecturer about what types of careers would incorporate those interests. I'd encourage you to use your careers service as much as you can too and get involved in networking events/new projects in the department to try out different things. The fact that you enjoy sciences is half the battle - that'll make it much easier for you to hit the ground running with your studies and your career!

The Prospects website is also fab for giving some career inspo! Here's a link to their biomedical sciences page: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/biomedical-sciences

Good luck! :biggrin:
- Caitlin :h:
Official University of Strathclyde Rep
Not biochem but biomed graduate here. After completing my undergraduate degree I did a masters in Infection Biology specialising in Parasitology. My first job out of uni was in manufacturing products used in molecular infectious disease testing. After that I landed my current role in quality control where I run molecular diagnostic tests on client test items.
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Have a look at becoming a patent attorney, partners in the main firms earn mid-high 6 figures. You can get in as s trainee with just a BSc in biochem. Make sure you really research the girls before interview though.
Research the FIELD not girls!
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