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Overview

All Life Scientists

  • $1,794 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

Biochemists

  • 140 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 82% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 40% female Gender Share

Biochemists study the biochemistry of living organisms and the molecular structure and function of related components.

Specialisations: Enzyme Chemist, Protein Chemist.

You need a bachelor degree in science or applied science majoring in biochemistry, molecular biology, biomedical science or a related field to work as a Biochemist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks
  • Studies the forms and structures of bodily organs and tissues by systematic observation, dissection and microscopic examination.
  • Investigates the chemical structure and function of living cells and their isolated components, organs and tissues in humans, animals, plants, and micro-organisms.
  • Examines micro-organisms, such as bacteria, fungi, yeast and their enzymes, and uses the knowledge gained to create and develop new, and improve existing, products, materials and processes.

Prospects

Pathways

You need a bachelor degree in science or applied science majoring in biochemistry, molecular biology, biomedical science or a related field to work as a Biochemist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

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Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Life Scientists who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Biology

    86% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  2. Mathematics

    84% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Chemistry

    83% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  4. Physics

    74% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  5. English language

    73% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  6. Education and training

    69% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  7. Computers and electronics

    65% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  8. Engineering and technology

    61% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  9. Administration and management

    51% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  10. Mechanical

    45% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  11. Personnel and human resources

    44% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  12. Medicine and dentistry

    43% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  13. Clerical

    43% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  14. Technical design

    42% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  15. Communications and media

    37% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  16. Psychology

    23% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  17. Economics and accounting

    21% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  18. Public safety and security

    20% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  19. Law and government

    18% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  20. Telecommunications

    16% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active learning

    75% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  2. Reading comprehension

    75% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Science

    73% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  4. Writing

    73% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  5. Mathematics

    70% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  6. Critical thinking

    68% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  7. Speaking

    64% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  8. Monitoring

    63% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  9. Instructing

    63% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  10. Active listening

    61% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  11. Judgment and decision making

    61% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  12. Learning strategies

    61% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  13. Complex problem solving

    57% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  14. Systems analysis

    54% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  15. Systems evaluation

    54% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  16. Time management

    54% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  17. Operations analysis

    52% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  18. Coordination with others

    50% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  19. Quality control analysis

    50% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    48% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    84% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    80% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Written expression

    77% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  4. Categorising

    75% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  5. Written comprehension

    75% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  6. Deductive reasoning

    73% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  7. Inductive reasoning

    73% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  8. Speech clarity

    73% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  9. Problem spotting

    70% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  10. Brainstorming

    66% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  11. Mathematics

    66% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  12. Originality

    66% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  13. Sorting or ordering

    63% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  14. Near vision

    59% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  15. Working with numbers

    59% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  16. Flexibility of closure

    55% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  17. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  18. Visualization

    48% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  19. Selective attention

    48% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  20. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Making sense of information and ideas

    90% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    88% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Thinking creatively

    88% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  4. Collecting and organising information

    86% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  5. Researching and investigating

    84% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  6. Making decisions and solving problems

    83% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  7. Looking for changes over time

    82% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  8. Explaining things to people

    80% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  9. Training and teaching others

    76% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  10. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    75% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  11. Planning and prioritising work

    74% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  12. Documenting or recording information

    71% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  13. Communicating within a team

    69% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  14. Coming up with systems and processes

    68% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  15. Guiding and directing staff

    68% Skill level

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  16. Communicating with the public

    66% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  17. Monitoring people, processes and things

    65% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  18. Assessing and evaluating things

    64% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  19. Working with computers

    62% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  20. Checking for errors or defects

    58% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

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Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    98% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Indoors, heat controlled

    97% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Unstructured work

    92% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  5. Being exact or accurate

    92% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  6. Freedom to make decisions

    92% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  7. Competition

    84% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  8. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    81% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  9. Teamwork

    78% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  10. Telephone

    77% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  11. Contact with people

    75% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  12. Health and safety of others

    73% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  13. Dangerous conditions

    71% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  14. Spend time sitting

    71% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  15. Letters and memos

    69% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  16. Consequence of error

    68% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  17. Impact of decisions

    65% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  18. Time pressure

    64% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  19. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    63% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  20. Responsible for outcomes

    60% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Recognition

    86% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  2. Achievement

    81% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  3. Working conditions

    81% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  4. Independence

    71% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  5. Relationships

    52% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Support

    52% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Creative

    71% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  3. Practical

    67% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  4. Administrative

    48% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    24% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    19% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-1021.00 - Biochemists and Biophysicists.

All Life Scientists

  • $1,794 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

Biochemists

  • 140 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 82% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 40% female Gender Share

Biochemists study the biochemistry of living organisms and the molecular structure and function of related components.

Specialisations: Enzyme Chemist, Protein Chemist.

You need a bachelor degree in science or applied science majoring in biochemistry, molecular biology, biomedical science or a related field to work as a Biochemist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks
  • Studies the forms and structures of bodily organs and tissues by systematic observation, dissection and microscopic examination.
  • Investigates the chemical structure and function of living cells and their isolated components, organs and tissues in humans, animals, plants, and micro-organisms.
  • Examines micro-organisms, such as bacteria, fungi, yeast and their enzymes, and uses the knowledge gained to create and develop new, and improve existing, products, materials and processes.

You need a bachelor degree in science or applied science majoring in biochemistry, molecular biology, biomedical science or a related field to work as a Biochemist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Employers look for Life Scientists who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Biology

    86% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  2. Mathematics

    84% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Chemistry

    83% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  4. Physics

    74% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  5. English language

    73% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  6. Education and training

    69% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  7. Computers and electronics

    65% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  8. Engineering and technology

    61% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  9. Administration and management

    51% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  10. Mechanical

    45% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  11. Personnel and human resources

    44% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  12. Medicine and dentistry

    43% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  13. Clerical

    43% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  14. Technical design

    42% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  15. Communications and media

    37% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  16. Psychology

    23% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  17. Economics and accounting

    21% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  18. Public safety and security

    20% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  19. Law and government

    18% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  20. Telecommunications

    16% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active learning

    75% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  2. Reading comprehension

    75% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Science

    73% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  4. Writing

    73% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  5. Mathematics

    70% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  6. Critical thinking

    68% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  7. Speaking

    64% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  8. Monitoring

    63% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  9. Instructing

    63% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  10. Active listening

    61% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  11. Judgment and decision making

    61% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  12. Learning strategies

    61% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  13. Complex problem solving

    57% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  14. Systems analysis

    54% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  15. Systems evaluation

    54% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  16. Time management

    54% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  17. Operations analysis

    52% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  18. Coordination with others

    50% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  19. Quality control analysis

    50% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    48% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    84% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    80% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Written expression

    77% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  4. Categorising

    75% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  5. Written comprehension

    75% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  6. Deductive reasoning

    73% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  7. Inductive reasoning

    73% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  8. Speech clarity

    73% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  9. Problem spotting

    70% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  10. Brainstorming

    66% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  11. Mathematics

    66% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  12. Originality

    66% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  13. Sorting or ordering

    63% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  14. Near vision

    59% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  15. Working with numbers

    59% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  16. Flexibility of closure

    55% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  17. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  18. Visualization

    48% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  19. Selective attention

    48% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  20. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Making sense of information and ideas

    90% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    88% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Thinking creatively

    88% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  4. Collecting and organising information

    86% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  5. Researching and investigating

    84% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  6. Making decisions and solving problems

    83% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  7. Looking for changes over time

    82% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  8. Explaining things to people

    80% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  9. Training and teaching others

    76% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  10. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    75% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  11. Planning and prioritising work

    74% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  12. Documenting or recording information

    71% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  13. Communicating within a team

    69% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  14. Coming up with systems and processes

    68% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  15. Guiding and directing staff

    68% Skill level

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  16. Communicating with the public

    66% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  17. Monitoring people, processes and things

    65% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  18. Assessing and evaluating things

    64% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  19. Working with computers

    62% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  20. Checking for errors or defects

    58% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-1021.00 - Biochemists and Biophysicists.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    98% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Indoors, heat controlled

    97% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Unstructured work

    92% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  5. Being exact or accurate

    92% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  6. Freedom to make decisions

    92% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  7. Competition

    84% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  8. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    81% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  9. Teamwork

    78% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  10. Telephone

    77% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  11. Contact with people

    75% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  12. Health and safety of others

    73% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  13. Dangerous conditions

    71% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  14. Spend time sitting

    71% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  15. Letters and memos

    69% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  16. Consequence of error

    68% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  17. Impact of decisions

    65% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  18. Time pressure

    64% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  19. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    63% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  20. Responsible for outcomes

    60% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Recognition

    86% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  2. Achievement

    81% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  3. Working conditions

    81% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  4. Independence

    71% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  5. Relationships

    52% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Support

    52% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Creative

    71% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  3. Practical

    67% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  4. Administrative

    48% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    24% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    19% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-1021.00 - Biochemists and Biophysicists.
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