Métiers et professions en santé et services sociaux

Clinical Biochemist

Clinical Biochemist


salaire Min. 50,24 $ / h
Max. 65,15 $ / h

Description and Responsibilities

Clinical biochemists are responsible for the diagnostic services offered in a biochemistry lab. They conduct specialized consultations, exams, development, research and educational activities in biochemistry. Clinical biochemists ensure that the discipline of chemistry in their facility is practised in accordance with the law.

Clinical biochemistry is one of four disciplines in medical biology (biochemistry, hematology, microbiology and pathology). It deals with the biochemistry applied to a human pathophysiological process to determine a diagnosis and follow the evolution of a disease, as well as the effectiveness of treatments.

Education and Training Requirements

A clinical biochemist must have postdoctoral training.

The Département de biochimie at Université de Montréal offers a postdoctoral degree program (D.E.P.D.) in clinical biochemistry This link opens a new window. (in French only).

Scholarships in clinical biochemistry are offered to students under the scholarship program of the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux. For more information, see Bourses en biochimie clinique page (in French only).

Required Interests, Skills and Personality Type

  • Must be curious and logical
  • Must be imaginative and creative
  • Must enjoy physical work and handling (medical) instruments
  • Must enjoy working in a team with colleagues and other professionals
  • Must have good summarizing and analytical skills
  • Must know how to observe and analyze chemical reactions

Personality Type (RIASEC)

  • I - Prefers studying, understanding and solving problems
  • A - Prefers completing creative tasks
  • R - Prefers practical work and handling tools

Work Environment

Clinical biochemists mainly work in hospitals (in French only).

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