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A BS in Biochemistry will get you into many career opportunities in traditional science and technology, production, research, biotechnology, clinical, drug development, analytical labs, quality control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA) industry. The available fields are so broad and there are so many opportunities that you need to ask yourself whether this will be a short term job(highly recommended to consider getting a PhD if you want to excel in Research and Development (R&D)) or long term (no more study). Due to the globalization and outsourcing of technology jobs, there are actually more job opportunities in Quality (QC/QA) that a biochemistry degree will be adequate. However, you need to understand what GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (21CFR 210, 211 for Pharmaceuticals or 21 CFR 820 for medical devices) if you want to standout during your interviews. For practice, you should look up and sign up in the career sections of big companies like Johnson and Johnson, Genentech, Gilead, Amgen, Stryker, Medtronics , etc., study their products and technologies and company culture to find out whether that's an ideal company for you. Also, sign up to free services provided by BioSpace, Monster, and temporary/contract employment agency such as RealStaffing, and other legitimate agencies. Finally, never, never pay anyone to help you find a job.

As a former research scientist who is now working in the Quality Dept. of a major biotech company, I'm glad to know that you're applying for internships and jobs. There are plenty of opportunities in Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Clinical, and Manufacturing besides Research and Development (R&D). You should highlight your 2 years of research experience (provide details/accomplishments) and 1 year company internship in the field of biotechnology (what did you do and learn and why you would like to establish your career in biotech) in your cover letter and resume.

Don't worry about your GPA, your first goal in getting a job is to focus on getting an interview. Next, you need to prepare for a phone interview. Prepare a 1 minute introduction of yourself to get people's attention and maintain an interest in what you can offer the hiring company. You'll get a site interview if you've the competence and meet the requirements for the position and appear to have the right chemistry/good fit with the people and culture of the company. One biggest problem I see with many applicants - lack of interest/preparation/understanding about the history of the company and products; knowledge of US FDA regulatory requirements defined in 21 CFR 210 and 211 for drug product and other regulations for biologics/ medical devices(see No hiring manager will be interested in a lazy, not motivated, not interested in anything, no initiative, narrow minded, negative, no self-confident or over confident, etc. applicant.

I would recommend contacting RealStaffing or other major hiring companies for temporary/contract jobs, besides Monsters, LinkedIn, and if you don't know, try BioSpace website. Visit the career page of companies that are hiring: e.g., Gilead, Genentech, Stryker, Abbott, and too many biotech/medical devices/pharmaceutical companies in California.

Remember, hiring mangers in the biotech world are looking for people who have potential: productive people who can think critically and work diligently and not someone who has a 4.5 GPA but cannot work with people. Don't feel disappointed - you just need more practice and research on your resume and interview skills if you do not hear from hundreds of companies that you're applying. Good luck .

This will depend on the application forms that you'll have to complete either online or once you've a successful interview with the hiring mangers. I would not recommend including too much information, including GPA on your resume even if you've an outstanding grade. Your resume is an introduction of yourself to hiring consultants or managers. As I indicated earlier, your goal is to get their attention to schedule an interview. Most experienced hiring manager will take the time to listen to what you can do for the company based on your communication and social skills. Focus on your undergraduate research if you do not have any relevant work experience and show your diverse interests during your interviews with representatives from Quality Control, R&D, Production, Human Resources, and potential colleagues within the hiring department. Remember, be honest and natural with everyone your meet and convince them that you competence and interests in the position that you are applying. You know they're bored if they ask for your GPA. Finally, dress properly and present yourself as an interesting and positive applicant that the interview team will remember. Good luck.!

Here is the link to the BioSpace website. It has other resources to help with your career planning

The following is a sample list of "Biochemistry" job postings in BioSpace:

Director of Biochemistry

10X Genomics

San Francisco Bay Area, CA

10x Genomics is looking for an outstanding scientist and leader to lead and grow its Biochemistry Department. The ideal candidate will be an excellent manager of people and posses a deep background in biochemistry, as well as a broad understanding...

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Research Associate, Biochemistry

Aspyrian Therapeutics

San Diego, CA

Aspyrian Therapeutics Inc. is a clinical stage biotechnology company located in San Diego, California, developing novel cutting-edge anticancer therapeutics based on a proprietary technology exclusively licensed from the National Cancer Institute at...

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Sr. Scientist - Biochemistry

Global Blood Therapeutics

South San Francisco, CA

We seek a senior level experienced protein biochemist/enzymologist to make significant contributions to our drug discovery projects. The successful candidate will work with an interdisciplinary team including medicinal chemists, structural...

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Senior Scientist - Mechanistic Biochemistry

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

Waltham, MA

At AstraZeneca we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the upmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing. We continuously...

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Quality Control Supervisor, Biochemistry


Gaithersburg, MD

Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX) is a clinical-stage vaccine company committed to delivering novel products to prevent a broad range of infectious diseases. Our recombinant nanoparticles and adjuvant technology are the foundation for groundbreaking...

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Associate Director, Research & Development - Proteomic and Protein Biochemistry

MedImmune, LLC

Gaithersburg - Corporate Headquarters, MD

If you're inspired by the possibilities of science to change lives and you thrive when making brave decisions -- join us. MedImmune is the worldwide biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca. Here, you'll have the opportunity to make a...

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Senior Scientist in Project Progression and Biochemistry Line

Pfizer Inc.

Andover, MA

About Pfizer A career at Pfizer offers opportunity, ownership and impact. All over the world, Pfizer colleagues work together to positively impact health for everyone, everywhere. Our colleagues have the opportunity to grow and develop a career...

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