Are u confused to study biotechnology or not?
Interested in biotechnology but tensioned about scope of biotechnology?
What is the Scope of Biotechnology in India? 1000s of students like you ask this question on google every day, and if you are one among them, then you are at the right place.
Biotechnology graduates have a vast field of career opportunities depending on their chosen field such as Biomedical, food science, microbiology, bioinformatics, etc.
It is estimated that the Biotech sector in India is estimated to grow by 30.46 percent CAGR by 2025, and India is among the top 12 biotech destinations in the world and ranks third in the Asia-Pacific region.
I am going to write the truth in the next few paragraphs and not going to show you a very rosy picture unless you are ready to dive deeper into the world of Biosciences.
For convenience, I going to cover the scope of biotechnology through some questions.
- Choosing Between B.Tech (Biotechnology) and B.Sc (Biotechnology)
Both courses are similar, neither of these courses is better than the other. It depends on your long-term goals and potential.
Biotechnology in B.Tech contains some extra subject Mathematics, Physics, and some technical subjects. Whereas B.Sc will be centered on Biology.
B.Tech (Biotechnology) lays emphasis on the technical aspects of Biotechnology, whereas B.Sc (Biotechnology) opens the door to research in this field.
- Career Opportunities for B.Tech Graduates:
If you have an engineering degree in Biotech means you have some extra techniques of knowledge that help you stand out from the crowd of B.Sc’s. you are equivalent to an M.Sc degree holder.
B.Tech / BE degree holder you have 2 Options:
Go for Higher Studies: M.tech, MS or Direct PhD
Go for an MBA and enter the world of Business Development, Marketing & Sales
If you want to get a job, then these are some industries welcomes you:
Pharmaceutical sector, Biological Sciences, Healthcare, Food Processing Industry, Food and Chemical Industries seek Biotechnology Professionals for handling positions of Production Engineers, Quality Control Analyst, etc.
- Career Opportunities for B.Sc Graduates:
So if you are holding a Bsc degree, my advice to you would be Pursue a master’s degree.
I wouldn’t advise you to look for a job immediately after B.Sc in Biosciences because you will end up getting low paying junior-level jobs which is not good for you and your career.
With holding an M.Sc degree, many doors will for you like research and technical writing. The future rests largely on the shoulders of researchers and scientists in the field of Biotechnology, so be prepared for that.
- Scope after M.Sc:
If you are a Masters Degree holder in Biotechnology, you can get a job in most of the Research Jobs. But for working in reputed research labs and MNCs lab you have to qualify for any of the national level entrance exams like CSIR NET, GATE, DBT BET, ICMR JRF, and ARS NET.
But without qualifying these exams, you still have a lot of scope which are given below:
You can go for a Ph.D
You can apply for a Corporate Research job
Go for teaching in intuitions / academia job
Scope after M.Tech
The scope in BT sector after an M.Tech is similar as M.Sc / PhD.
M. Tech. in Biotechnology offers applied knowledge in the field of modern medical practice. You will get easily a Job in corporate as research associate, associate scientist, research plot technician, researcher, product development engineer, etc.
The companies hire postgraduate in biotechnology are which requires your specialized skill set and you can always go for higher studies, Sales & BD or Teaching as a career.
According to Pay scale, avg. Salary of candidate holding a degree M.Tech in biotechnology.
Scope after Ph.D
Holding a PhD degree provides flexibility, you can work in industry or in a university or government lab, you will be able to design the experiments and to decide the scope of your lab’s research. You paid better, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ph.D.s in biotech sciences command an average salary of $79,000 to $82,000.
It also depends on following parameters:
What was your Ph.D. topic?
Have you qualified any National level exam or not?
From where you did your Ph.D.?
What is the skill set you possess?
Will the R&D companies be interested in your Research work?
Can your skill set be used in the Industry?
If you have the answers to all your questions mentioned above, then you have good news, you can move in the following directions:
You can be a Research Scientist or research associate in any Fortune 500 Biotech, Pharma or FMCG company.
Post Doc Researcher: In India or Abroad
Academics: Assistant Professor / Professor, etc.
Or you can be self-employed and own your company with the right mindset and right idea.
Hope I have cleared some doubt about Scope of Biotechnology in India & Abroad, However, if you still have a question then feel free to comment below.