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What are career options open to me after doing Biotechnology?

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RE: What are career options open to me after doing Biotechnology?

Preeti Taneja
Preeti Taneja
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Head Guidance & Counselling at Project Wisdom, CSR initiative of Canam Consultants Limited, Chandigarh
  • Chandigarh

Bio Technologies can get employment in pharmaceutical companies , chemical , agriculture and allied industries. THey can find jobs in the areas of planning , production and management of bip processing industries. One can aldso find employment in research labpratories run by the government and provate sector. Biotechnology graduates can find work in government based organizations such as universities , research institutes . Alternatively they can also find employment in biotechnology companies or biotech related companies such as agricultural companies , biotechnology companies or pharmaceutical firms. The work varies from research , sales& marketing , administration, quality control, technical support etc. Graduates of this field can find employment in animal or microbial biotechnology companies or in horticulture , food science etc. A person can opt to make acraeer in aquaculture and marine biotechnology , amedical biotechnology , seri-biotechnology , microbial biotechnology , agricultural biotechnology, Food Biotechnology or environmental biotechnologies. Companies such as IDPL, Hindustan Lever Ltd, American Hybrod Seeds, Tata Engineering Research institure hire biotechnologists.

RE: What are career options open to me after doing Biotechnology?

Aparna M Venkatesan
Aparna M Venkatesan
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PhD Management And Organizational Psychologist
  • Hosur

Hello there


Thank you for choosing Mera career guide and writing to us. Biotechnology is a vast science group with a variety of internal divisions and therefore one's career depends on the type of Biotechnology degree they have studied. The following divisions exist in the broad science of Biotechnology:
1. Industrial Biotechnology / White biotechnology - Involves manufacturing medicines, vaccines, protein and antibiotics in an industrial scale.
2. Green biotechnology - Involves any thing that is to do with plants, fruits, flowers, food and agriculture. This internally includes agriculture biotech, food science and food science technology.
3. Red biotechnology - Involves medical processes that manufactures or models genetics, genomes and antibodies.
4. Blue biotechnology - Involves the study of aquatic plants and ocean organisms. Considering the color of ocean to be blue, this branch of biotech is called blue biotechnology.

Students in India most commonly study general Biotechnology and therefore, they are likely to get placed in streams like Industrial Biotechnology companies or green biotech companies that involves agriculture, food science and plants. However, red and blue biotech are also emerging well in India and for Blue biotechnology, there is a well established central government research centre in Chennai known as National institute for oceanography.

The ten cool career options open to Biotechnology graduates are put up in the figure below.
Biotechnologist
To consider careers in the above mentioned fields, every student should consider studying Micro biology, Molecular biology, Industrial biotechnology, General biotechnology, animal biotechnology, Bio chemistry and plant biotechnology as part of the Biotech degree. If you have studied any of the streams as part of your degree, you can consider above career options.

Apart from this, you can also choose to do ocean biotechnology/ aquatic / marine / blue biotechnology. It is a study of understanding under water world plants and organisms. You can research the species living in ocean, explore if any of them can serve any medicinal purposes, or other uses. To give a crisp view, please look at the picture below.
Lastly we will see the segments where students can work upon graduation.
Biotechnologist
1. further study: Upon BSc/ BTech graduation you can choose to do MSc/ MTech and then a PhD in Biotech.

2. Scientific/ medical employment: Students choosing Biomedical engineering as their stream can get jobs in hospitals and medical centres in handling complex medical instruments and understanding the usage of them.

3. Management: Students can also be employed as a HR/ Marketing Manager for biotech and pharma companies.

4. Healthcare professions: You can also get employed in health care centres that works for diabetes, cancer and other ailments.

5. Education: Completing a PhD, they can work at colleges and universities as a Professor and researcher.

6. Computer/ IT: If they have chosen Bioinformatics as their specialization, they can work for modelling protein structures at computer and IT companies involving life science projects. This job is a combination of science and software engineering.

I hope the above info will be of a great help. All the very best.

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