Biochemists and Biophysicists


Also called : Analytical Research Chemist, Biochemist, Biophysics Researcher, Scientist

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, one would


    KNOWLEDGE


    • Biology
      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • Chemistry
      Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

    • English Language
      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Mathematics
      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    SKILLS


    • Science
      Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

    • Reading Comprehension
      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    • Critical Thinking
      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Writing
      Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

    • Active Learning
      Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

    ABILITIES


    • Inductive Reasoning
      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Written Comprehension
      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Written Expression
      The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

    • Oral Comprehension
      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression
      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    PERSONALITY

    People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

    • Integrity
      Job requires being honest and ethical.

    • Analytical Thinking
      Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

    • Persistence
      Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

    • Attention to Detail
      Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

    • Achievement/Effort
      Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

    • Dependability
      Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

    • Initiative
      Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

    • Innovation
      Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

    • Adaptability/Flexibility
      Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

    • Stress Tolerance
      Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.

    TECHNOLOGY

    • Object or component oriented development software

    • Office suite software

    • Operating system software

    • Presentation software

    • Process mapping and design software

    • Spreadsheet software

    • Word processing software

    • Analytical or scientific software

    • Computer aided design CAD software

    • Data base user interface and query software

    • Data mining software

    EDUCATION AND TRAINING

    • Preparation

      Extensive Preparation Needed

    • Education

      Graduate Degree or higher.

    • Experience

      Extensive skills, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations.

    • Jobtraining

      Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

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