Biochemists conduct research and analysis in support of industrial operations, product and process development, quality control, environmental control, medical diagnosis and treatment, biotechnology and other applications. They also conduct theoretical, experimental and applied research into basic chemical and biochemical processes to create and synthesize new products and processes.
A bachelor's degree in chemistry, biochemistry or in a related discipline is required. A master's or doctoral degree is usually required for employment as a research chemist. Licensing by a provincial association of chemists is compulsory in Quebec, and available but voluntary in Ontario and Alberta.