Analytical Research and Development
Chemistry, University of Denver
Chemistry, Purdue University
"It's helpful to
have a biochemical background from either coursework, research
projects, or internships."
The expanding analytical
needs of the biopharmaceutical industry and the increasing utility of
instrumentation and techniques based on the integration of electronics and
immunoassay-related techniques are creating a demand for analytical
chemists with backgrounds in biochemistry and related areas.
The booming biotechnology industry has also created a need for
measurements designed to provide quality and other information about
proteins and other biomolecules. Though those with training exclusively in
biochemistry and the analyses unique to the discipline perform many
analytical functions in the biotechnology industry, analytical chemists
who have backgrounds or training in protein chemistry can find satisfying
employment in this area. "It's helpful to have a biochemical background
from either coursework, research projects, or internships," Karen says.
"As an analytical chemist, you become familiar with different kinds of
instrumentation, but it's important to understand the chemistry of
Miller also points out that though it is not possible for an analytical
chemist to be adept at all methods of analysis, it is important to know
the capabilities of as many methods as possible so as to choose the best
one to address a problem.