Biochemists


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Biochemists

Biochemists - Employment & Outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this occupation in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings. These figures do not include biologists who teach at colleges or universities.

Employment

Major employers:

  • Research and testing firms
  • Drug manufacturing firms
  • Colleges and universities

Outlook

Growth is expected to be about as fast as average. There will be strong competition for basic and applied research positions. Federal funding for basic research has grown. However, at the same time, the number of newly trained scientists has increased. Thus, the job market for research positions and research funding will remain competitive.

Drug manufacturing firms should continue to create new jobs for biologists. Biologists will also have a good chance of finding work at biotechnology firms. They will be needed to correct environmental problems, such as the negative effects of pesticide use. Some will find opportunities in environmental regulatory agencies.

Job prospects will be best for those with advanced degrees.

Biologists (CIS 100254)

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Illinois
1,853
Small
&
2.1%
5.8%
>>>>
164
Few
  Champaign Area
30
Small
&
6.7%
7.0%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
6
Very small
&
0.0%
5.0%
>>>>
0
None
  Cook County
679
Small
&
1.8%
5.6%
>>>>
59
Few
  Decatur Area
15
Very small
&
0.0%
7.0%
>>>>
1
Very few
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
107
Small
&
6.5%
9.7%
>>>>
11
Few
  Du Page County
267
Medium
&
-4.5%
5.4%
>>>>
22
Few
  Edwardsville Area
8
Very small
&
0.0%
5.1%
>>>>
0
None
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
36
Small
&
5.6%
5.2%
>>>>
3
Few
  Lake County
277
Medium
&
5.8%
8.6%
>>>>
25
Moderate
  McHenry County
9
Very small
&
11.1%
6.8%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
5
Very small
&
0.0%
6.8%
>>>>
0
None
  Northwest Illinois Area
23
Small
&
8.7%
3.6%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
128
Medium
&
-3.1%
7.3%
>>>>
11
Few
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
5
Very small
&
0.0%
4.3%
>>>>
0
None
  Rock Island-Moline Area
37
Small
&
10.8%
5.7%
>>>>
3
Very few
  Rockford Area
23
Very small
&
8.7%
7.6%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Springfield Area
12
Very small
&
16.7%
4.7%
>>>>
0
None
  St Louis-Belleville Area
50
Small
&
2.0%
6.4%
>>>>
4
Few
  Vermilion County
14
Small
&
0.0%
4.9%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Will County
51
Small
&
11.8%
9.1%
>>>>
5
Few
United States
79,300
Medium
&
3.0%
3.7%
>>>>
6,500
Moderate
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.