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What would be the best way to get into biochemistry, and what traits would predispose me to success in such a field.

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Jones’s Answer

Biochemistry has been loosing its attractiveness over the last decade. Biochemistry is the study of how living organisms react and interact with other organisms as well as with chemical components, and what results from all that interaction.
Thus, for you to become a biochemist, you have to love staying long hours at a lab looking through a microscope investing multiple results from your research while also looking into how could that be best applied on things that might be useful to people outside the lab.
So you need to learn biology, how living things work on microscopic levels, and also chemistry to see how the elements from the periodic table work, only then proceed to combine both.
Honestly I don’t know how wide the need for biochemists is, but if you’re willing to put in the time, the work and the passion together I believe it’s an interesting field to explore.

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Husseina’s Answer

Biochemists starts with one’s personality and interest that is being able to Build, Think and Create according to the Holland Code framework. The Building interest area indicates a focus on working with tools and machines, and making or fixing practical things. The Thinking interest area indicates a focus on researching, investigating, and increasing the understanding of natural laws. The Creating interest area indicates a focus on being original and imaginative. If one is not sure of the interest, I one should take a career test so as to measure your interests.
Science subjects such as Biology, Chemistry Physic, .... etc in high school plays a vital roles with a good or great grades . One need these courses when seeking college admission and possibly going to be doing advance of them at the university.

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Francis’s Answer

Have to start somewhere, likely in college where you attend a school with biochem as your major. If you want to make it a career, then undergrad does not matter a ton since you’ll likely need to attend a masters (you pay) or PhD (they pay you) program. While in college find opportunities to volunteer in labs because it boosts your chances of getting into a great PhD program.

Skills you need are some sort of passion so you can put in the hours of forced memorization. Attention to detail, and at early stage understanding the science behind everything.

Thank you Francis, this is helpful, I definitely enjoy science, so this should help. Teontre S.