Good news for all you who want to be biotechnologists. This field happens to be the second fastest growing employment sector after Information Technology. It, therefore, offers good career opportunities for young people. The field of Biotechnology experienced explosive growth in the '90s as scientists began to make breakthrough after breakthrough in understanding cellular and molecular biological processes.
Today, scientists use fermentation and crossbreeding - the same techniques used for hundreds of years to ferment beer and crossbreed plants to manipulate existing materials and genetically alter them. One example of this is xeno-transplantation, which uses organs from animals such as pigs, and genetically modifies them so they can be used in human transplants.
Thus, both biotech and pharmaceutical companies will continue to hire workers.
With a postgraduate qualification in biotechnology you can be employed in leading pharmaceutical companies, chemical industries, as well as agricultural and allied industries.
Biotechnologists are also employed in the areas of planning, production and management of bio-processing industries, organic chemical industries, and in pollution control activities of major industries. Moreover, you can be employed on a large scale in research laboratories run by the government as well as the corporate sector.
You could be at the forefront of solving some of the most significant problems we face today, such as world hunger and malnutrition. Whether, it is the colour of a flower or a fruit that can deliver immunisation, as a biotechnologist you can offer efficient ways to get those results.