High degree of intelligence and a general talent for science and scientific applications are your traits, explore career options in Biotechnology. The field gives opportunities to your innovative skills and creativity.
Biotechnology is not only biology as the name may confuse many. It is rather an interdisciplinary field. It includes physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering and other fields as well. Creating or modifying an existing product using different technologies to suit the requirements is the exertion of the field.
Biotechnology career options are widespread. It is one of the fastest growing fields in the country. The demand for the qualified Biotech professionals is on a high in industries like pharmaceuticals, medicine, chemical, bio-products, food, nutrition and textiles. One can even make a career in Biotechnology in the fields of environmental conservation and animal sciences.
Preparation for the Biotechnology career
One needs to plan for the career in Biotechnology right from the 10+2 level. After the 12th, one can opt for the undergraduate program B.Sc/B.Tech/BE with Biotechnology from any academic institutions in the country. The eligibility is generally 50% in the above said subjects in 12th or 55% aggregate in 12th as per the policies of the individual institutions.
You may have to write the common engineering entrance exams for many of the reputed undergraduate courses:
• The Joint Entrance Examination for IITs – JEEIIT
• All India Engineering Entrance Exam –AIEEE
Other than these, the engineering colleges also conduct their own entrances.
Biotechnology Job opportunities
The job opportunities in the field of biotechnology are immense considering the various streams of specialization available. You may look for the career options in many sectors other than medicine and health care.
The sectors like Animal Husbandry, Agriculture, Medicine, Genetics and Tissue culture are among the few that promote the biotechnology career opportunities for the specialized persons.
The careers that may interest you:
Laboratory Assistant: Your duties include sampling, measuring and analyzing data and maintenance of the laboratory equipment.
Greenhouse and Field Technician: Your interest in agricultural activities would help you in performing your duties properly in this role. Planting seeds, pollination of plants, applying fertilizers and pesticides while assisting in the modern agricultural research are part of the duties.
Forensic DNA Analyst: You would undertake DNA analysis from samples of hair, blood, semen, saliva, etc for the investigations in the crime laboratories.
Production Engineer: As the production engineer, you would be involved in the mapping process parameters in the cosmetics, FMCG and pharmaceuticals companies.
Quality Assurance Engineer: The demand for the QA Engineer is more in the cosmetics and the FMCG industry. Controlling levels of toxins and ensuring contamination free products are a few of the duties expected from you in this role.
You may also act as consultant to the companies for their market research, KPO and audit related activities.
Some of the top companies that hire graduated and post graduates in Biotechnology are:
• Dr. Reddy’s Lab
• Panacea Biotech
• Rasi Seeds
• Indian Immulogicals
• Novo Nordisk
So set your science applications for the research and innovation for the benefit of the mankind.