UGA Specific Information for Biochemical Engineering

Engineering is about creating new solutions to existing or future problems. Engineers are problem solvers who employ science, math, analysis and synthesis to design unique and practical solutions to everyday problems. They must accomplish this often under the constraints of time, budgets, and safety and health issues. Engineers also must be concerned about the environmental, political and social impact their answers will create.

The biochemical engineering discipline is a branch of chemical engineering or biological engineering that mainly deals with the design and construction of unit processes that involve biological organisms or molecules. Biochemical engineers act on teams with biologists and chemists to take laboratory processes and ramp them up into large-scale manufacturing. In fact, they are integral to a variety of manufacturing industries, such as food manufacturing and agro-technology.

Class of 2023 Career Outcomes for Biochemical Engineering*

** Includes Self-Employed

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Potential Careers Paths in Biochemical Engineering

  • Bioengineer/Biomedical Engineer: Apply knowledge of engineering, biology, chemistry, computer science, and biomechanical principles to the design, development, and evaluation of biological, agricultural, and health systems and products, such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems. 

  • Research and Development Engineer: Support the new product development critical to the survival and growth of medical device companies, in the industry. In academia, a PhD is usually required for faculty positions that involve research in an academic settings or, in industry medical device companies, a PhD may also be required for higher-level research positions. 

  • Chemical Engineer: Design chemical plant equipment and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products, such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper, and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering. 

  • Pharmaceutical Engineer: Manufacture, develop and design, produce, label and package, and analyze quality control processes involved in the development of pharmaceuticals, in accordance with regulation compliance from Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) established by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

  • Tissue Engineer: Develops functional 3D tissues, combining scaffolds, cells, and/or bioactive molecules. Develop, recover, and repair damaged tissues or entire organs. 

  • Materials Engineer: Research and study the structures and chemical properties of various natural and synthetic or composite materials, including metals, alloys, rubber, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, and glass. Determine ways to strengthen or combine materials 

  • Quality Control Engineer: Test processes and products and determine whether they meet the set standards for functionality, reliability, and durability. Create strategic plans to enhance business processes and boost production input. Ensure the quality of services and products produced by the organization. 

  • Food and Bioprocess Engineers: Versatile career path that applies to virtually all other engineering specialty areas (ex. Geographic information systems, global positioning systems, machine instrumentation and controls, electromagnetics, “bioinformatics”). 

  • Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products: Sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers where technical or scientific knowledge is required in areas such as biology, engineering, chemistry, and electronics. 

  • Bioprocessing Technician: Oversee the day-to-day operations of biotechnology processes, including monitoring and controlling equipment, chemicals, and other materials to develops products like pharmaceuticals, vaccines, food products, etc. Conduct quality controls tests on products to ensure they meet regulatory standards. 

  • Consultant: Solve business problems, using their own expertise in problem-solving, combined with an extensive support network of industry, function and local experts, as well as other specialists. Gather data and insights, run analyses, make presentations and pitch solutions. 

Other Job Titles: Production Engineer, Research and Development Scientist, Chemical Process Engineer, Laboratory Technician, Biotechnician, Quality Engineer 

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Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2023 Biochemical Engineering majors

The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2023 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Employer Position Title(s)
Event LLC Founder and Business Networking Event Planner
Global Tungsten & Powders Project Engineer I
Johnson Matthey Continuous Improvement Engineer
Kimley-Horn Civil Analyst
Optima Chemical Group LLC Process Engineer
WestRock Company ECV Associate
* denotes no responses received.

*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2023 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.

Graduate/Professional Schools attended by Class of 2023 Biochemical Engineering majors

The information below represents graduate/professional schools and programs reported through the Class of 2023 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Graduate School Program(s)
Georgia Institute of Technology Biomedical Engineering, MS
University of Georgia Business Administration, MBA
University of Georgia Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, MS
University of Georgia Pharmaceutical Health Services, MS
University of Georgia Pharmaceutical Sciences, Degree Not Specified
University of Georgia Pharmacy, Master's
* denotes no responses received.