Does the study of DNA molecules excite you? Do you want to help find cure or develop affordable medicines for life threatening diseases? If yes, then formulate that science geek in you to make a career in the booming field of biotechnology.
A recent report by Ernst and Young (E&Y)titled- 'Beyond Borders: Global biotechnology report 2011'suggests that the biotechnology sector in
The job prospects for a biotech graduate are definitely promising. For one, the Departments of Science and Technology and Biotechnology, and the
Industry experts however, are unable guess the exact manpower demand."As Biotech market in
A wide range of jobs are available for those who want to be a part of this sunshine sector, observe head honchos. You could be a bio-engineers applying engineering principles to biological systems, or you could also be a lab scientist and research associate developing drugs in the research and development departments. Once developed, these need to be tried and tested before it goes out in to the market. It is at this stage that professionals like clinical researchers, programme associates and site coordinators step in to do the testing.
You will need to market a path breaking and affordable drug appropriately. Medical representatives, product managers and sales executives do this work. With the market getting clogged up with new drugs and cures, patents and licences are an issue. For these, you need professionals in the regulatory department. Research work or scientific data needs to be processed logically; this is done by IT-related professionals designated as data analysts or programmers.
Besides these, there are many multidisciplinary job opportunities in departments like quality assurance, compliance, Intellectual Property (IP), supply-chain, etc. "Finally, those who don't want to be employed in any of the above mentioned job roles can make a career by passing on the seeds of knowledge to the young aspirants. Lecturer and trainers at educational institutes are always in demand," points out Aslekar.
HR experts say that a biotechnology job involves a lot of fieldwork. Hence, it requires multidisciplinary skills of both-science and technology, and management. "Smarten up your BSc or BPharm degree with a MBA and you can land up a mid-level management job role along
with a handsome pay package," advises Saha.
For managerial positions, skills like good communication, team work, culture fit with the company and ability to network are essential. In case of research scientists, recruiters look for PhD candidates having an adequate number of papers published while studying, problem solving capability and ability to work for a flexible number of hours. "Freshers should focus on being industry-ready. Keep abreast with the latest developments and be ready to work in an industrial set-up," advises Aslekar.
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