Studies the biochemistry of living organisms.
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.
- investigates the chemical structure and function of living cells, organs and tissues in humans, animals, plants or micro-organisms
- studies the chemical events involved in physiological processes
- isolates, identifies and assays enzymes, hormones, metabolites and other substances produced by living cells or tissue
- investigates the roles of vitamins, hormones and minerals and the effects of toxic substances on physiological processes
- develops new and improved methods for the preparation of enzymes, serum and vaccines, hormones and other products derived from biological sources
- ascertains and describes the biochemical reactions involved in fermentation, genetic technology, water purification, sewage treatment and other such processes
- prepares or supervises the preparation of laboratory reports and scientific papers
- may develop industrial processes for the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, foods, beverages and other products
- may supervise the work of technical officers and technicians