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How to make a career in biotechnology: A-Z Guide

A list of some careers which you can opt when you are thinking to pursue a course in biotechnology.

Biotechnology is an attractive field if you are dreaming a scientist or biotechnology engineer. Basically, Biology and technology combined together is Biotechnology. It is a cliche but rational thought to think about job prospects while thinking about what subjects to opt in school or colleges. When it comes to giving this thought to biotechnology, in India currently prospects are limited. But if you are thinking of doing a job abroad, developed countries offer excellent job opportunities. In this scenario in terms of technological advancements biotechnology is ahead of everything. And it is growing due to its role in almost everything in our day to day life. These are some of the main areas of its application – Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Food production,Animal husbandry,Agriculture,Textiles and Nutrition. So there is nothing to be disheartened !

Now obviously,  everyone will not become a scientist or a researcher, so there are vacancies for support staff as in any other field. Here is a list of some careers which you can opt when you are thinking to pursue a course in biotechnology.

  • Agriculture & Food Scientist
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Animal Scientist
  • Biochemist & Biophysicist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Epidemiologist
  • Food Scientist & technologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Soil & Plant Scientist

Now you must be wondering how to figure out the best college to get a degree in biotechnology.

In India you can adopt courses in Biotechnology from any of these formats :

  • Diploma courses
  • Bachelor’s Degree courses
  • PG Courses (Master’s and PG Diploma programs)
  • PhD Courses

And most important, here is a list of top colleges which you should consider to pursue courses in Biotechnology. As while pursuing a course in any field you must always look for something unique, applied and definitely advanced which gives you an edge over others.

Indian Institute of Management (IIT)

It is the top institute of technology in India and therefore the best place to study Biotechnology. B.Tech Biotechnology, M.Sc. Biotechnology, M.Tech, Bioprocess Engineering and Ph.D are some of the course structure available in IIT.

Delhi Technological University

DTU is one of the top class universities in India which offers excellent B.Tech, M.Tech and Ph.D. curriculums in Biotechnology.

National Institute of Technology

In India there are 31 NIT’s, which are offering brilliant technical courses. It offers pioneering course structure to students to pursue B.Tech in Biotechnology, M.Tech in Biotechnology and Ph.D

Anna University, Chennai

This is one of the well known universities for its Department in biotechnology. Anna university mainly focuses on research in the fields of Biotechnology and Food Technology. And here is a series of course structures offered by this university B.Tech. Industrial Biotechnology, M.Tech. Biotechnology, B.Tech. & M.Tech. Food Technology, B.Tech. Biopharmaceutical technology, M.Tech. Pharmaceutical Technology, M.Tech. Nanoscience and Technology and M.Sc Computational Biology.

Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra

BIT offers courses in Bio-Engineering in M.Sc Biotechnology and Ph.D

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7 High Impact Careers

All ethical work is impactful and that’s why people want their job to be impactful.
Ritika SrivastavaTeentalkindia Counsellor

As part of continuing development, millions will now have the opportunity to advance to more engaging and intellectually stimulating jobs (with some investment in upskilling), which is the ray of hope in the grey skies of job losses. While the job setting is predicted to undergo major changes, here are what appear to be the most demanded jobs that will open up in the next three-five years. Every job sector undergoes variations over a period of five or ten years, so you have to constantly adapt to the needs of the industry to stay relevant. But if you’re thinking higher, perhaps this list will be useful. These seven careers are likely to yield major impact:

Computer programmers, Software developers and Information security analysts: Jobs that fall under the computer and mathematical professions will grow in the next five years. So IT-related training is still going to be in-demand. Cyber security professionals and analysts can anticipate many opportunities as organizations gear up to increase cyber security measures to protect information and data. 

Teacher or tutor of high-potential children: Helping intellectually gifted kids live up to their potential can yield great ripple effects. Fully flowered, these kids as adults are the most likely ones to cure our diseases, create more useful products, and become wise leaders.

Competent and wise leaders help their employees and the quality of the organization’s products or services, which indirectly profits the customers and other stakeholders. Disturbances across Industries will also need a new type of senior leaders to help companies sail across the rough waters of change. As the seasoned boomers get ready to leave the workforce, many of them will have fabulous opportunities to consult and mentor new leaders.

Executive coach: People who help managers and leaders become more proficient also have a great ripple effect. Some of the most rewarding work is in helping leaders improve their planned, communication, and time-management skills.

Data analysts and statisticians will become important across industries by 2020. As complexity increases and also the dependence on data, they will be required to help make sense of all of the data generated by technological disruptions. Analytics is going to be at the core of managerial decision-making. Data analysts or statisticians will continue to be in the reckoning.

Human resources and organizational development specialists: They are needed to help reskill workers, plan new training schedules and drive change. With technological and socio-economic changes some jobs will fade completely, while new jobs will get created and more people will be needed. Companies are  finding the talent needed for new jobs by training existing employees with new skill sets. So, organizational development specialists and human resource professionals will be required not only for hiring but also to help employees develop new skill sets.

Architecture and engineering: During the next five years, the demand for those skilled in architecture and engineering will continue to increase. The prediction by 2020 is that 2 million jobs will be created worldwide in the computer, mathematics, architecture and engineering related fields, according to the World Economic Forum report.

The rule for millennial is: “You can have a career for life.' You have to constantly get used to to the needs of the industry to stay significant.” Jobs will be the same, but the skill sets required will be diverse. Earlier, you used to get a degree, appeared for an interview, and secured a job and keep it for life. Both educational bodies and recruiters are pushing the envelope each day, looking for applicants with multi-dimensional skills, flexibility and envision future. Every job sector undergoes modifications over a period of five or ten years, so you have to constantly adjust to the needs of the industry to stay relevant.  

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