Clinical Biochemist



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Other names for Biochemist:

  • Biological Chemist
  • Enzyme Chemist
  • Protein Chemist
  • Toxic Advisor
  • Toxicologist


What is a Clinical Biochemist?

A Clinical Biochemist studies our body chemistry. Biochemistry also falls into the area of pathology.

Clinical Biochemists carry out complex analytical studies by analysing the results of the patient’s specimens (samples). They can, with very modern technology and equipment, detect changes in the chemistry of our body fluids.

What does a Clinical Biochemist do?

  • works in a laboratory and organises the experiments
  • performs tests, analyses and identifies the problems
  • uses high-tech equipment
  • writes reports
  • solves problems
  • conducts research
  • trains staff
  • attends conferences

Are you . . . ?

  • scientific?
  • inquisitive?
  • methodical and accurate?
  • a good communicator?
  • self motivated?
  • analytical?
  • logical?

How do I become a Clinical Biochemist?


You will need to complete a Bachelor of Science degree at:

  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • University of KZN
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of Stellenbosch
  • University of Venda
  • University of Zululand
  • Walter Sisulu University


  • Complete an Honours degree in the field of specialisation
  • Register as a Professional Natural Scientist with the SACNASP
  • 3 years relevant workplace experience
  • Designation: Only scientists registered with the SACNASP can use the title: Professional Natural Scientist (Pr.Sci.Nat)



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  • HPCSA: Health Professionals Council of South Africa

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Chemical Pathologist or Veterinary Microbiologist

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