Kocharyan graduated the Yerevan Medical Institute's Sanitary-Hygienic Medicine Department in 1978. She worked first as a doctor-bacteriologist and then as a doctor-epidemiologist at the sanitary-epidemiological station in Nagorno-Karabakh. She also held the position of the deputy chief physician of the regional sanitary-epidemiological station and during her final years there (1991-1993) she headed a department at the station.
Currently, Mrs. Kocharyan is the Honorary President of the All-Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry and the Honorary President of the Armenian Branch of Vladimir Spivakov's international benevolent fund "Talented Children of Armenia."
- "First Lady Bella Kocharyan and Mikhail Shvidkoy attend the "Armenia Sacra" exhibition". Public Radio of Armenia. 10 March 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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