1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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2113-17 Biochemist

Studies the biochemistry of living organisms.

Skill Level:
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.

Tasks Include:

  • 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

Specialisations:
Enzyme Chemist
Molecular Biologist
Protein Chemist

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