5 Career options after having a degree in Biotechnology

By Soumyaranjan Sahoo

If we define Biotechnology in its simplest form, then it is the compound form of Biology & technology. It helps in developing modern technology & powerful equipment on the basis of cellular and biomolecular processes. Biological processes of microorganisms have been being used for the production of food & various dairy products. For example, we have bread and cheese, the daily used product.

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Qualification Required for Biotechnology:

The eligibility criteria to pursue Biotechnology as a degree course varies as per the institutions. However, if we take an average assumption, the minimum qualification required is 10+2 or equivalent education. In addition to that, the candidates must have qualified their last education with a minimum score of 45% - 50% (Varies as per institutions & reserved categories). The candidates must have Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology as mandatory subjects. The rest of the criteria such as age limit, nationality etc will always differ.

Top 5 Career Options for Biotechnology

When we speak of a career in biotechnology, a person in a lab coat working with test tubes and some chemicals in a lab comes to our mind. However, scientist & lab researcher are not the only options for a biotechnology graduate. With advanced technology & exciting discoveries, career opportunity for biotechnology professionals is expanding. Here are some of the best options to build a career after A Degree in Biotechnology.

1. PhD in Biotech in India or Abroad:

If you want to secure a higher position in society with your intellectual ability, then you can go for a PhD in Biotech. To pursue a PhD, you have to clear CSIR NET/GATE in the first place. After that, you can go for PhD in Biotech or Master’s Degree (MS) in Technology. Many Indian universities, as well as foreign institutes, provide massive opportunities for Biotech professionals. If you’re looking for abroad education, then Singapore will be great suggestion which has a thriving career option.

2. Lectureship in different Organization/University:

If you’re looking forward to nurturing young minds for a better future, then Teaching is the career you’re looking for. With a degree in Biotechnology, you can opt for a teaching job. This profession attracts many candidates due to its longevity, job security, and low pressures. However, teaching is all about passion. If you think that you’re not passionate about this profession, then you shouldn’t waste more time thinking about it. To get a lectureship job, you have to clear NET-LS (National Eligibility Test – Lectureship) in the first step. Those who’ll secure a remarkable score will be selected by prominent universities with a high pay scale.

3. Entrepreneurship:

If you want to work under your convenience, without a fixed schedule & work pressure from someone else, then entrepreneurship is the word you’re looking for. In today’s market, entrepreneurship has been recognised as a promising path for the new generation. Before proceeding with the idea, make sure that you have a business mind for the current market. To be unique, you have to do something different than others. Make yourself visible in the competition with your exceptional work. With new policies, the govt of India is also helping startups to grow their business.

4. Government Sector Jobs:

If you study the word ‘Biotechnology’, then you’ll see that it has health, technology, and life sciences in itself. Government sectors have plenty of opportunities for these 3 categories. After a degree in Biotech, you can look for various career options under the Indian Govt. The biotech department in India is managed by the Ministry of Science and Technology. Candidates can apply for part-time as well as full-time jobs in these industries. The main perk in these job is that it has a lifetime security.

5. Intellectual Property Research and Patenting

This is a subject that you must have read in your college days. However, very less students know about this profession. Some says that this field is boring. But it is one of the most promising path with a little competitive environment. In this sector, you’ll be working closely with legal stuffs whcih will also give you a wide look of the Indian legal rules. You can start with a small organisation and slowly grow to a large & established organisation.

So, these are the 5 best options after a degree in biotechnology. You have a long way to live your life comfortably. Choose your career path wisely and get the benefits. Good luck ahead!!!

Read also : Biotechnology as a career after 12th with PCM


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