Proteomics is the study of the composition, structure, function, and interactions of the proteins that direct the activities of living cells. This field is an offshoot of genomics and the insights gained from sequencing a number of organisms.
Proteomicists conduct research into the nature of proteins, particularly the manifestation of diseases via protein activity. They look into the correlation of specific proteins with specific diseases, the goal being to develop ways to avoid specific protein activity leading to disease. By better understanding the nature of proteins and diseases, proteomicists can develop new diagnostic tools and drugs to detect and minimize the impact of genetic disorders and illnesses.
Opportunities in this field are expected to grow with new advances in research methods.
Working Conditions & Context
Proteomicists most commonly work in laboratories, often with cutting edge technology. Their work involves careful handling of numerous samples, so strict adherence to standards and practices are a must.
Proteomicists often work within a team of specialists including molecular biologists, biochemists, and pharmacogenomicists. It takes great dedication to remain abreast of new developments, as proteomics is one of the fastest growing fields in genetic science.
A typical Salary Range for this career is $44,320 - $139,440 annually.
The Median Income for this career is about $82,840 annually.
Some work is available for those with only a Master's degree, but most employers prefer a doctorate degree. Most proteomicists hold a Ph.D., M.D., or D.O. Students typically work toward a Bachelor's degree in genetics, molecular biology, or biochemistry and later on, toward a Master's in proteomics.
Certification & Licensing:
The Proteome Society
The Swiss Proteomic Society
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics
** More than a minimum degree may be required for some careers.