Requirements & Job Opportunities for Microbiologists.
First, you must have a strong interest in Biological Sciences. You should be able to develop a clear understanding of the principles of Biological Sciences. An analytical and inquisitive mind will help.
You should be prepared to study a lot. Study of Biological Science and making a career in this field is real hard work and it takes a long time to build up a career.
Now look at the educational qualifications needed to be a microbiologist. Any one of these qualifications will lead you to a career in Microbiology.
M. Sc./Ph. D in Microbiology
MD in Microbiology
M. Sc./ Ph. D in Agricultural Science with specialisation in Microbiology
M. Pharm/ Ph. D in Microbiology
M. V. Sc. / Ph. D with specialisation in Animal Microbiology
M. Sc./ Ph. D in Biomedical Science with specialisation in Microbiology
M. Sc./ M. Tech/ Ph. D in Biotechnology with specialisation in Industrial Microbiology
You can get a job in research and development in:
· University departments
· Biological research and development organisations like Institute of Microbial
Technology, National Institute of Communicable Diseases, and National Centre
for Biological Science
· Medical research organisations under Indian Council for Medical Research
· Agricultural research organisations under Indian Council for Agricultural Research
· Dairy and animal research institutions
You can also get a job in the Research & Development/ Analytical/ Production/ Sales & Marketing departments of: -
· Pharmaceutical and Bulk Drug manufacturing companies like Ranbaxy and Torrent
· Food processing companies like Hindustan Lever, SmithCline Beecham and Glaxo
· Beverage manufacturing companies like United Breweries
· Diagnostic companies like Span and Monozyme
· Hospitals like Apollo and Bombay hospital
· Biotechnology and bioprocess technology based companies like Shanta Biotechnics, National Immunological
· Dairy and Poultry firms like Arambagh Hatcheries and various other related organizations
Microbiology is an essential part of Life Science or Bioscience. In the 21st century Life science is going to be very big. It will bring in enormous changes in the way we live, get medical care and take medicines. Prospects of newer ways of medical care, newer biological and healthcare products are plenty. We may buy a biochip in the near future which can be placed under the skin to boost our immunity system. This will protect us from microbial diseases. We will see a cure-all medicine that can cure any microbial disease. We may see a genetically developed microorganism, which will detoxicate toxic wastes. We may see another genetically developed bacteria, which will shield crops from attack of microbial diseases.
Biological research and development of all these products will need Life Scientists in more numbers. So the prospects of all Life Scientists including the microbiologists are definitely bright.