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Biochemist / Physiologist




Biochemist/physiologists are primarily responsible for the scientific research of biochemistry and physiology for the U.S. Army health care team. As an officer, you'll have the opportunity to enhance your skills while conducting research that supports our national defense.

Job Duties

  • Supervise tests, provide consultation/expert advice and conduct research

  • Manage laboratory operations and fiscal/personnel resources

  • Serve in section, branch, department or as a division chief in various laboratories


Active Duty

  • At least a master's degree in biochemistry or related specialty

  • For physiologists, a Ph.D. in human physiology or related biological specialty

  • Must be between 21 and 42 years of age

  • Must be a U.S. citizen


Job training for medical service corps officers includes completing an Officer Basic Leadership Course, which introduces you to the Army Health Care system, Army doctrine and basic Soldier/leader skills.

Helpful Skills:

  • Ability to make accurate, immediate decisions

  • Perform under stress

  • Apply critical technical and thinking skills

  • Tremendous concentration


In addition to your annual salary and the many privileges that come with being an officer on the U.S. Army health care team, you'll be rewarded with:

  • May receive pay for continuing education

  • Noncontributory retirement benefits with 20 years of qualifying service

  • No cost or low cost medical and dental care for you and your family

  • Board Certification Pay of $6,000 per year (prorated monthly) for Fellows of the Academy of Clinical Biochemistry.

  • Health Professional Student Loan Repayment of $20,000 per year up to a maximum of $60,000

  • Officers enjoy commissary and post exchange shopping privileges; a flexible, portable retirement savings and investment plan similar to a 401(k); may receive pay for continuing education; and specialized training to become a leader in their field.

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