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Biochemists and Biophysicists

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Share research findings by writing scientific articles or by making presentations at scientific conferences.
    • Teach or advise undergraduate or graduate students or supervise their research.
    • Manage laboratory teams or monitor the quality of a team's work.
    • Study physical principles of living cells or organisms and their electrical or mechanical energy, applying methods and knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry, or biology.
    • Develop new methods to study the mechanisms of biological processes.
    • Write grant proposals to obtain funding for research.
    • Design or perform experiments with equipment, such as lasers, accelerators, or mass spectrometers.
    • Determine the three-dimensional structure of biological macromolecules.
    • Design or build laboratory equipment needed for special research projects.
    • Prepare reports or recommendations, based upon research outcomes.
    • Study spatial configurations of submicroscopic molecules, such as proteins, using x-rays or electron microscopes.
    • Study the chemistry of living processes, such as cell development, breathing and digestion, or living energy changes, such as growth, aging, or death.
    • Prepare pharmaceutical compounds for commercial distribution.
    • Study the mutations in organisms that lead to cancer or other diseases.
    • Research the chemical effects of substances, such as drugs, serums, hormones, or food, on tissues or vital processes.
    • Research transformations of substances in cells, using atomic isotopes.
    • Develop or execute tests to detect diseases, genetic disorders, or other abnormalities.
    • Develop or test new drugs or medications intended for commercial distribution.
    • Isolate, analyze, or synthesize vitamins, hormones, allergens, minerals, or enzymes and determine their effects on body functions.
    • Examine the molecular or chemical aspects of immune system functioning.
    • Research how characteristics of plants or animals are carried through successive generations.
    • Investigate the nature, composition, or expression of genes or research how genetic engineering can impact these processes.
    • Develop methods to process, store, or use foods, drugs, or chemical compounds.
    • Produce pharmaceutically or industrially useful proteins, using recombinant DNA technology.

    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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    6
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    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.

    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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 72380/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 34.8/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 330
    • Yearly Projected Openings 30

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    Personality

    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Persistence
    • Attention to Detail
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Dependability

    Tools

    • Spectrometers
    • Light scattering equipment
    • Lasers
    • Binocular light compound microscopes
    • Benchtop centrifuges

    Technology

    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Data mining software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software
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