A very large number of the current graduates in biochemistry and biotechnology (between 40-60% in the past five years) starts doctoral studies; most of them graduate successfully. Ghent University has a strong research tradition in the domain of biochemistry and biotechnology, which leads to highly qualified PhDs in an internationally competitive research environment. Later, these doctors find their way to national and international universities, research institutions and a growing number of young biotechnological companies. The use of biochemical and biotechnological methods and production strategies increases in health care, the environmental sector, the food industry, the agricultural industry, the chemical industry. This implies that there is and will be a demand for academically educated, but also practically trained biochemists and biotechnologists. Given the broad scientific basic education, the combination of chemistry and biology, the practical and research-oriented aspects of the study programme, the biochemist and the biotechnologist are well trained for the job market. The fields of employment are scientific research at universities, research centers, R&D in companies, pharmaceutical industry, cosmetics companies, laboratories for medical analysis, food industry, fermentation industry, agricultural industry, petrochemical industry, chemical industry, biotechnological companies, companies in environmental technology, public services for water treatment, the environmental sector. Finally, graduates in biochemistry and biotechnology often end up in education, both at the level of the secondary schools (for masters) and at the level of the colleges of higher education (for doctors).