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The Biochemist


Biochemist's Path
 Education  Work Experience  Activities
  Relevant high school classes - biology, advanced biology, chemistry, physics
  College - Four-year degree (bachelor's) in biology plus night school to earn masters of business administration degree
  High School - Margit didn't have a job as a high school student.
  College - As a junior in college, worked as a lab assistant in a microbiology lab
  Participated in 4-H through junior high school
  High School - a member of the cross-country and track teams
  College - a member of cross-country team. Also had two different jobs involving speaking in front of people. This has helped in her current work because she has to make a lot of presentations in front of large groups.


Recommended Path
 Education  Work Experience  Activities
  High School - Refer to the chart below
  College - Four-year Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) in biochemistry, molecular biology or similar area. Obtain Master's degree (M.S.) or Doctorate (Ph.D.) if want to teach in a college or direct scientific research in a university, a government laboratory or a commercial company.
***Source: American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology career brochure
  High School -
- Work part time in a lab. Check with colleges, universities or private laboratories to ask about working or job shadowing.
- Find a graduate student who will mentor you. Log on to www.asm.org and click on the "Education" link. Scroll down to "Middle and High School Students."
  College - work in a biochemistry or a molecular biology laboratory. Your college or university may also offer senior research projects that provide hands-on laboratory experience.
***Source: American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology career brochure
  High School -
-Participate in science fairs or Future Farmers of America (FFA).
-Join science clubs.
-Check out this Web site: www.asbmb.org. Click on "K12 Education" and "Career Brochure" links.
  College -
- participate in a student chapter of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Check out these Web sites:
 Education - High School
Math Algebra Algebra Geometry
Applied Math
English English English English
Applied Communications
Applied Communications
Science Physical Science Biology, Chemistry, Principles of Technology, Applied Biology/Chemistry, Advanced Biology, or Physics
Social Studies/Humanities As required (Geography, History) As required (Geography, History) As required (Geography, History) Government and Economics
Physical Education/Health As required As required As required As required
Technical Classes Business Computer Applications, Keyboarding, Agri-Science Technology, Introduction to Agriculture Education, Agriculture Sales and Service, Agribusiness, Advanced Agriculture Ecology, Horticulture, Aviation/Aerospace Science, Cooperative Education, Entrepreneurship
Source: Choices CT, 2001 Bridges.com, Inc.


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