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Employment for biochemists is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Biotechnological research and development is fueling job growth. Employment is available in health-related fields, where the emphasis is on finding cures for such diseases as cancer, muscular dystrophy, HIV/AIDS, and Alzheimer's, and in other settings such as agricultural research. Additional jobs will be created to produce genetically engineered drugs and other products in the new and rapidly expanding field of genetic engineering. In this area, the outlook is best for biochemists with advanced degrees who can conduct genetic and cellular research.

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