What are the types of jobs a biotechnologist can get if he/she has completed BSc and MSc and also completed a PhD. Which are the places employing biotechnologists?
In the biotech sector the job prospects are good only if you have a basic PG degree or PhD. As a BSc graduate the job openings are likely to be restricted to assistant or lab technicians in a biotech lab assisting the seniors in conducting the research study.
One can get into the teaching line after completing MSc or PhD. If you are interested in entering the biotech industry, you have to start by being a research associate wherein you will be carrying out experiments under the instruction of established scientists. After adequate experience in the area you can progress to being a research scientist wherein you will be doing the application and developmental work alongside established scientists to design and carry out experiments. Quality control jobs in the biotech manufacturing sector is another opening you can look at.
Alternatively you can enter the marketing side of the industry. The job involves publicizing and marketing the company’s products to hospitals, doctors and other medical institutions, participating in medical conventions are trade shows, etc. For the marketing job an MBA would be an added advantage.
Taking up law after a BSc/MSC in biotech can help one get openings in the legal side of a biotech company. There is a lot of demand in the area of developing patents, intellectual property rights and trade marks for these companies.
Qualified biotechnologists are employed in leading Indian business houses and pharmaceutical companies, chemical industries, bio-processing industries, agriculture related industries, IT companies involved in bioinformatics or Biotech projects, pollution control activities of the major industries, as well as academics and research institutions. A few of the prospective employers for biotech students are as follows:
Biotech Companies: Amgen, Genentech, Serono, Biogen Idec, Chiron corporation, Genzyme, Medimmune, Pfizer, millennium pharmaceuticals and applied Bio-system in the public sector undertaking side the leaders are Bharat Immunologicals and Biologicals Corporation Ltd, Bulandshahar and Indian Vaccines Corporation Ltd, Gurgaon.
Pharma Companies: Glaxo, Dabur, Bayer, CIPLA, Pfizer, BIOCON (Biotech), Dalas Biotech, Sere Biotech, GVK Bio science, Sarabhai chemicals, Ranbaxy and Wockhardt.
Academics and R&D: Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnosis (CDFD), Hyderabad; Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), Imphal, Manipur; Institute of Life Sciences, Bhu vaneswar National Institute of Immunolo gy, New Delhi; National Centre for Plant Genome Research (NCPGR), JNU, New Delhi; National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), Gurgaon; National Centre for Cell Sciences, Pune; ITT Kanpur; 11T Kharagh pur; ITT Delhi; AIIMS; ICMR; MAMC; CDRI; ITRC; Bioinformatics Centres (DBT); Jamia Milla; UDCT; JNU; TJDCT; JNTJ; IARA (Indian Agricultural Research Centre); CCMB (Centre for cellular and Molecular Biology); Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology.
IT Companies: TCS, WIPRO, SATYAM, HUGHES, HCL Technologies, Infosys, HP, HCL perot Systems, ORACLE, PCS and Orbi Tech.