- Grant writing
- University laboratories
- Federal government laboratories/agencies including National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, Armed Services
- State and local government laboratories/agencies
- Public health departments
- Hospital laboratories
- Commercial medical laboratories
- Private testing laboratories including forensics
- Independent research foundations
- Industry laboratories such as pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms, food processors, cosmetic manufacturers, chemical and petroleum industries, agricultural industry
Information & Strategies
- Bachelor's degree in biochemistry, biology, or chemistry qualifies one for laboratory technician or research assistant positions.
- Choose courses with laboratory work.
- Get on the job experience in a laboratory and/or complete a senior research project.
- Complete a certificate training program, usually one year, to learn specialized laboratory techniques.
- Take a course in grant writing.
- Earn a master's degree in biochemistry for better positions, advancement opportunities, more responsibility, and higher pay.
- Obtain a PhD to direct research projects and lead research teams.