A common notion says that engineering and medicine are the only lucrative career profiles in the areas of science. In India when students think of taking up science in class XII, their focus is either cracking JEE or top medical entrance exams. With such limited options, they often find themselves in obscurity when they are unable to get through either of the exams or colleges of their choice. It is therefore suitable for students to think out of the box and explore careers that are equally satisfying and rewarding.
One of these highly rewarding areas is biological science that is often known as bioscience industry. There is no exaggeration in saying that biological sciences is in an exciting and expansionary phase with plethora of job opportunities coming up each day in its numerous areas. Biological science basically deals with the study of living organisms and their relationship with their environment. This stream in science deals with life processes and living organisms. Biological science is further segregated in study of animals i.e. also known as zoology and study of plants that is plant science. Each field is further divided into specialized disciplines such as cell biology, bio-chemistry, microbiology, molecular biology ecology, genetics, bio- statistics etc.
Following are the essential personality requirements for biological science aspirants –
- An inquisitive mind
- Ability to focus for long hours
- Keen observation
- Scientific acumen
- Patience and tenacity
- Ability to work in a team
- An analytical approach
- Out of box thinking
- Good observational skills
- Systematic methodology of work
- Practical approach
- Ingenuity and imagination
- Keen interest in biology, chemistry and technology
- Intense concentration & meticulousness
Courses / Training
A lot of universities in India offer courses in biological science at graduate and post graduate levels. Aspirants have to first necessarily study physics, chemistry and biology in their class XII. They can then choose to pursue bachelors in science in any specialized field in biological sciences. Post completing the same, they can further pursue an M.Sc and then a Ph.D in the same.
List of Institutes for undergrad and post-grad courses in Biological Science
|University of Delhi, New Delhi||www.du.ac.in|
|National Center for biological Science, Bangalore||www.ncbs.res.in|
|Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore||www.iisc.ernet.in|
|All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi||www.aiims.ac.in|
|Vellore Institute of Technology, Tamil Nadu||www.vit.ac.in|
|University of Pune, Pune||www.unipune.ac.in|
|Delhi Technological University, New Delhi||www.dtu.ac.in|
|amia Millia Islamia of New Delhi, New Delhi||www.jmi.ac.in|
|Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi||www.bhuonline.in|
|Jamia Hamdard University, Delhi||www.jamiahamdard.edu|
|Andhra University Faculty of Science||www.andhrauniversity.edu.in|
List of Institutes abroad offering Biological Science related courses
Heriot watt University Dubai
|Amity Dubai Campus||www.amityuniversity.ae|
Thinking what could be the possible career opportunities in the area of biological science? Here’s a quick look at the possible career paths that one can choose after completing their post graduate or doctoral degrees in specialized areas of biological science. The professionals from this brand of science can work in the research and development wing of a company or a government department and can perform works related to exploring, researching and working towards developing possible opportunities in the area of life sciences. Apart from the research and development wing, they can also go on to join private industries, health care, education, government agencies, research fields amongst several other options available.
Just as various job profiles in the area of biological science, the remunerations for each field vary depending on the kind of work. The salaries may range between Rs. 15,000 to Rs 80,000 per month.