ANZSCO Code: 234513 / Group A

A biochemist examines the chemical processes in living things and studies the molecules and structures that make these processes happen.


Occupation Descriptions

A biochemist explores the chemical processes in living organisms and investigates how molecules are structured and how they work.

Occupations considered suitable under this ANZSCO code:

  • Enzyme Chemist
  • Protein Chemist

Occupations not considered suitable under this ANZSCO code:

  • Microbiologist
  • Industrial Pharmacist
  • Chemistry Technician
  • Biotechnologist

These occupations are classified elsewhere in ANZSCO or are not at the required skill level.

Biochemist is a VETASSESS Group A occupation

Group A

To work in this job, you need a qualification similar to an Australian Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field. 

Additionally, you must have worked for at least one year in a highly relevant job at the right skill level after getting your qualification. This work experience must have been completed within the last five years.

Applicants will not meet the required skill level if:

  • Their qualifications are not at the required educational level.
  • Their qualifications are not in a highly relevant field of study.
  • Their work experience was completed before finishing their qualification.

To receive a positive Skills Assessment outcome, applicants must have a positive assessment of both their qualifications and their work experience.

Group A

Highly relevant paid employment duration (20 hours or more per week): 

Applicants must have at least one year of paid employment (20 hours or more per week) after completing their qualification. This job must be highly relevant to the nominated occupation and at the appropriate skill level, completed within the last five years before applying for a Skills Assessment.

Qualification and Employment Criteria


AQF Bachelor degree or higher degree includes qualifications assessed at the Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral levels.

In some cases, a general Chemistry degree may be considered highly relevant if the applicant’s subsequent work experience is closely related to the occupation of Biochemist.


  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Science
  • Molecular Biology
  • Environmental Chemistry


Highly relevant tasks include, but are not limited to:

Studying the chemical structure and function of living cells and their separated components, organs, and tissues in people, animals, plants, and microorganisms.

Designing and carrying out experiments, making observations and measurements, researching information, analyzing data, creating or directing the creation of laboratory reports and scientific articles, presenting findings at scientific meetings and conferences, and supervising staff members.

Additional tasks for a biochemist might also include:

  • Examining the chemical processes related to physiological functions.
  • Isolating and identifying enzymes, hormones, metabolites, and other substances created by living cells or tissues.
  • Researching the functions of vitamins, hormones, and minerals, as well as the impacts of harmful substances on physiological activities.
  • Overseeing the creation of laboratory reports and scientific papers.
  • Possibly supervising the tasks carried out by technical officers and technicians.
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    Employment Information

    Biochemists delve into the chemical and physical aspects of life, studying biological processes like cell growth, development, and heredity. Those in applied research focus on creating innovations that enhance our lives. For instance, in medicine, they develop tests to detect diseases and genetic disorders.

    Biochemists utilize sophisticated tools like electron microscopes and lasers for their research. They employ advanced technologies to conduct experiments and analysis.

     Typically, they collaborate on research teams, often spanning various disciplines such as  physics, chemistry, computer science, and engineering.

    Supporting material for assessment

    When applying for a Skills Assessment, it’s crucial to provide ample evidence to support your claims regarding identity, qualifications, and employment history. You can find a comprehensive list of required documents on the VETASSESS website under Eligibility Criteria.

    Additionally, you can enhance your application by including supplementary evidence related to your role. This might include summary briefs for grant applications or similar projects, research articles or conference proceedings, laboratory reports, patents, and a list of research projects detailing your responsibilities. These documents strengthen your application by providing a more comprehensive overview of your skills and experience.

    How to apply

    If you’re a professional planning to migrate to Australia, there’s a good chance you’ll need to undergo assessment by our organization. We assess 360 different professional occupations, thoroughly examining your skills, experience, and qualifications to ensure they meet Australian standards. This assessment process is essential for determining your eligibility to work in your chosen field in Australia.

    1. Find

    Find the VETASSESS occupation that best matches your abilities and experience.

    2. Match

    Match your skills and experience to your chosen occupation.

    3. Prepare

    Get ready to apply by preparing all the information and documents you need. 

    4. Apply

    Apply online when you’re ready. If you’re still unsure, skills assessment support is available when you need it.