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Biochemical Engineers

Develop usable, tangible products, using knowledge of biology, chemistry, or engineering. Solve problems related to materials, systems, or processes that interact with humans, plants, animals, microorganisms, or biological materials.   (O'Net 17-2199.01)

 
Reported job titles:   Biochemical Development Engineer, Biochemical Engineer, Bioengineer, Bioprocess Development Engineer, Bioprocess Engineer, Chemical Engineer   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Engineers, All Other which includes:
                          - Biochemical Engineers
                          - Validation Engineers
                          - Energy Engineers
                          - Manufacturing Engineers
                          - Mechatronics Engineers
                          - Microsystems Engineers
                          - Photonics Engineers
                          - Robotics Engineers
                          - Nanosystems Engineers
                          - Wind Energy Engineers
                          - Solar Energy Systems Engineers
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 26.90   $ 34.13   $ 40.97   $ 46.71   $ 50.54   $ 40.21  
    Yearly $55,950   $70,990   $85,210   $97,150   $105,130   $83,630  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 24.98   $ 32.60   $ 41.09   $ 47.24   $ 54.16   $ 40.55  
    Yearly $51,950   $67,810   $85,470   $98,250   $112,650   $84,350  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 31.24   $ 34.67   $ 39.83   $ 44.48   $ 47.37   $ 38.45  
    Yearly $64,970   $72,110   $82,850   $92,510   $98,530   $79,970  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Engineers, All Other which includes:
                                  - Biochemical Engineers
                                  - Validation Engineers
                                  - Energy Engineers
                                  - Manufacturing Engineers
                                  - Mechatronics Engineers
                                  - Microsystems Engineers
                                  - Photonics Engineers
                                  - Robotics Engineers
                                  - Nanosystems Engineers
                                  - Wind Energy Engineers
                                  - Solar Energy Systems Engineers
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 64 63 -0.2% 1
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Engineers, All Other which includes:
                                - Biochemical Engineers
                                - Validation Engineers
                                - Energy Engineers
                                - Manufacturing Engineers
                                - Mechatronics Engineers
                                - Microsystems Engineers
                                - Photonics Engineers
                                - Robotics Engineers
                                - Nanosystems Engineers
                                - Wind Energy Engineers
                                - Solar Energy Systems Engineers
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Federal government, all industries 21.1%
    Architectural, engineering, and related services 11.5%
    Scientific research and development services 6.5%
    Administrative and support services 6.4%
    Transportation equipment manufacturing 6.4%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Biochemical Engineers
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  • Devise scalable recovery, purification, or fermentation processes for producing proteins or other biological substances for human or animal therapeutic use, food production or processing, biofuels, or effluent treatment.
     
  • Read current scientific or trade literature to stay abreast of scientific, industrial, or technological advances.
     
  • Design or conduct studies to determine optimal conditions for cell growth, protein production, or protein or virus expression or recovery, using chromatography, separation, or filtration equipment, such as centrifuges or bioreactors.
     
  • Develop biocatalytic processes to convert biomass to fuels or fine chemicals, using enzymes of bacteria, yeast, or other microorganisms.
     
  • Prepare technical reports, data summary documents, or research articles for scientific publication, regulatory submissions, or patent applications.
     
  • Confer with research and biomanufacturing personnel to ensure the compatibility of design and production.
     
  • Design or direct bench or pilot production experiments to determine the scale of production methods that optimize product yield and minimize production costs.
     
  • Develop methodologies for transferring procedures or biological processes from laboratories to commercial-scale manufacturing production.
     
  • Design or conduct follow-up experimentation, based on generated data, to meet established process objectives.
     
  • Maintain databases of experiment characteristics or results.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Biochemical Engineers  updated July 2011
     


    Knowledge
    for Biochemical Engineers
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  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
     
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
     
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
     
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Biochemical Engineers  updated July 2011
     


    Skills
    for Biochemical Engineers
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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Biochemical Engineers  updated July 2011
     


    Abilities
    for Biochemical Engineers
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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Biochemical Engineers  updated July 2011
     


    Work Activities
    for Biochemical Engineers
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  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
     
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Biochemical Engineers  updated July 2011
     


    Interests
    for Biochemical Engineers
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  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Biochemical Engineers  updated June 2009
     


    Work Styles
    for Biochemical Engineers
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Biochemical Engineers  updated July 2011
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Biochemical Engineers
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Engineer Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Board of Professional Engineering
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Biochemical Engineers
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  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
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  • Experience: A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Biochemical Engineers  updated July 2011
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Biochemical Engineers
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Assistive/Augmentative Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering.
     
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    • Biological/Biosystems Engineering. (NEW)
     
    • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. (NEW)
     
    • Engineering Chemistry. (NEW)
     
    • Forest Engineering.
     
    • Geological/Geophysical Engineering.
     
    • Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering.
     
    • Ocean Engineering.
     
    • Surveying Engineering.
     
    • Telecommunications Engineering. (NEW)
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Biochemical Engineers 
     

     
     
     
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