Study the chemical composition or physical principles of living cells and organisms, their electrical and mechanical energy, and related phenomena. May conduct research to further understanding of the complex chemical combinations and reactions involved in metabolism, reproduction, growth, and heredity. May determine the effects of foods, drugs, serums, hormones, and other substances on tissues and vital processes of living organisms.
According to the US Department of Labor, there are 37,500 people employed as biochemists and biophysicists in the United States. The median annual salary is $102,270. Entry level employees earn approximately $61,090 per year and senior employees earn approximately $167,210 per year.
Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.