Biochemical Engineers

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Process Engineer
  • Process Development Engineer
  • Process Development Associate
  • Pharmaceutical Scientist
  • Pharmaceutical Engineer
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Fermentation Engineer
  • Engineering Director
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Bioprocess Engineer
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What They Do

  • Review existing manufacturing processes to identify opportunities for yield improvement or reduced process variation.
  • Review existing biomanufacturing processes to ensure compliance with environmental regulations.
  • Develop experiments to determine production methods that minimize pollution or waste.
  • Collaborate in the development or delivery of biochemical manufacturing training materials.
  • Design products to measure or monitor airborne pollutants, such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, or particulate matter.
  • Create simulations or models to predict the impact of environmental factors, such as pollutants, climate change, or environmental remediation efforts.
  • Prepare piping or instrumentation diagrams or other schematics for proposed process improvements, using computer-aided design software.
  • Develop processes or products, such as natural recovery monitoring, in situ capping or treatment, or sediment removal, to treat contamination of subaqueous sediment.
  • Develop statistical models or simulations of biochemical production, using statistical or modeling software.
  • Participate in equipment or process validation activities.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Recognition, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

LMI Region


In 2014, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $101,200 with most people making between $57,910 and $152,300


avg. annual growth

During 2012, this occupation employed approximately 4,470 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 4,490 employed in 2022.

This occupation will have about 2 openings due to growth and about 88 replacement openings for approximately 90 total annual openings.