If you aspire to be a biotechnologist, you need to have a liking for Biology even if you have not studied it. An inquisitive and innovative mind, interest in academics and perseverance, systematic and methodical approach and objective thinking will hold you in good esteem. Your ability to concentrate for long hours will help you in your extensive laboratory work schedule.
You need to have good communication skills - to be able to convey your ideas to engineers, marketing folk and lawyers. You'll be constantly asked to explain your findings orally or in writing.
Academically, you should have a qualification in Biotechnology or other fields like Bioscience, Medical science, Physics, Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Technology, Agricultural Science, Veterinary Science, Medical Biology, Bioprocess Engineering and other related fields.
BSc Biotechnology should be supplemented with MSc for strong career prospects in biotechnology while BTech may lead directly to industrial openings. One also has the option of trying the 5 year integrated MSc Biotechnology being offered by some universities including Pune University.
One can also pursue a MBA in biotechnology after graduation or post graduation in science. This is currently being offered by the University of Pune, Department of Management studies (PUMBA)
Biotechnologists find job opportunities in:
Various research organisations in the areas of bioscience and biotechnology under CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research)
ICAR (Indian Council for Agricultural Research) and other such research organisations.
These organisations are under various Ministries of the Central and State Governments.
Some examples are Center for Cellular & Molecular Biology, Institute of Microbial Technology, Central for Plant Biotechnology, Central Drug Research Institute, National Institute of Nutrition, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, National central for Biology Sciences, Potato Research Institute, Tobacco Research Institute, etc.
You can even find opportunities in Nuclear and Atomic research centers, Space research centers and other research organisations like BARC (Bhabha Atomic Research Center), ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation), SPIC Science Foundations and others.
You'll get ample research opportunities in pharmaceutical companies, food processing companies, and other companies involved in bioprocess technology. For e.g., Ranbaxy, Cadila, Wockhardt, Pfizer, Dr. Reddy's Laboratory, Sun Pharmaceutical, Lupin Laboratories (Pharmaceutical companies); Monsanto, Shanta Biotechniques, Proagro, Mahyco (Bioprocess Technology based companies); National Fertiliser Corporation, Cynamid (Agricultural industry companies), Hindustan Lever, Parle Agro (Food Processing companies), etc.
You can work in universities and colleges either as a faculty member or as a research fellow.
There are many universities, which are involved in path-breaking research in the fields of
Biological Sciences. Examples are Jawaharlal Nehru University, Indian Institute of Science,
IITs, Jadavpur University, Delhi University, University of Hyderabad, Osmani University,
Bharatidasan University, Madurai Kamaraj University, University of Mumbai, Banaras Hindu
University and others.
If you are not too keen on research and development, you can also find marketing opportunities
in any one of the companies involved in the fields of pharmaceuticals, bioprocess technology,
agriculture, food processing and other related fields.
With a degree like B.Tech/ M.Tech you can get a job in the actual production process control
operations in companies involved in bioprocess technology, agriculture industry and other
It is also possible to find opportunities in quality control and analytical laboratories of the bio-
process technology companies and other companies involved in related industries.