what are the worst and best parts of being a biochemical engineer
I'm looking to start a career in biochemical engineering and I'd like to be mentally prepared for any unexpected hardships.
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In general, if you're working for a biomedical firm a common downside is the compliance documentation associated with the role, the long regulatory approval timelines for new products and the rigors to ensure the highest level of quality. However the upside is working on cutting edge technology, partnering with incredibly talented peers and ultimately that you are creating technology that improves people's lives.
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Right now is a great time to specialize in biochemical engineering or biochemistry as the health/wellness and technology fields are merging together more and more to re-think and revolutionize medicine, food and therapeutics. A career in the medical research, nutritional research, or biological technology development realms would be optimal areas to pursue with a formative biochemical background. In addition, pursuing a similar path chemical engineers take would also be applicable for biochemical engineers as the curriculums at most universities expose you to the same engineering classes. The difference is having more of a focus on Biology based courses which adds an extra layer of knowledge to maneuver your career with.
Both Chemical and Biochemical engineering fields provide an expanded array of career areas to venture into which aids in the calm of knowing you'll always be in demand and as the world evolves, so does chemistry and biology. Here are some high level Pros and Cons of Biochemical engineering:
1) Various industries (manufacturing, analytical development, product development, educational development)
2) Lucrative career opportunities (higher than average salaries overtime once established)
3) Various career settings to choose from (laboratory, universities, research)
4) Specialize in many areas (biochemistry, chemical engineering, instrumentation, biotech)
5) Job security
6) Abreast to new advancements in biology and applications
1) Rigorous undergraduate curriculum (lots of studying and focus)
2) Career promotion advancement may require graduate degree or further certification beyond a Bachelors degree
3) Currently the field is small so limited specialized roles available to pursue (though expected to change in the next 5-10 years)
4) Exposure to hazardous materials