Biochemists study organisms, from viruses and bacteria to plants and humans. They deal with the chemical processes of products and are usually involved in analysis, research and product development.
In areas like diagnosing disease, controlling pollution or food and drink production, they identify biological problems and apply techniques to solve these at a molecular level. There are biochemists working in a wide range of fields, from genetic analysis or the livestock industry to forensic science.
Most biochemists have degrees. Relevant subjects include biochemistry, chemistry, biology, microbiology, genetics and animal physiology.