Friday, August 10, 2012

Career in Biotechnology

Biotechnology is a fast growing and promising field. It is an interdisciplinary science, which includes the study of biology, physics, chemistry, maths and engineering. Biotechnology finds application in industrial as well as daily life, it also has applications in chemical, pharmaceutical and textile industries to genetics and agriculture. Biochemistry, Microbiology and Genetic Engineering are its related fields.

Biotechnology is a research oriented science, and there is great demand for biotech specialist in pharma and biotech instrument manufacturing companies.  Biotechnology includes subjects like biology, technology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Chemistry, Virology, Immunology, Engineering, Health and Medicine, Cropping System and Crop Management, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Ecology, Bio-Statistics, Soil Science and Soil Conservation, Cell Biology, Seed Technology, and Plant Physiology.

Eligibility Criteria:-

For admission in biotechnology course one should pass 10+2 or equivalent of any recognized Board or Council with Physics, Chemistry and Biology. 10+2 in Science (Without Biology) or equivalent can also apply for admission, but in this case student has to undergo a foundation course in Biology in the first semester. The course duration is of three years.
For M.Sc. in Biotechnology you should have a graduate degree in biotechnology. It may be B.Sc. or B.Tech in biotechnology.
Career Scope:-

Biotechnology has a great scope in future. A biotechnology graduate can find employment opportunities in pharmaceutical companies, chemical, agriculture and allied industries. There is a great scope for bio-technologist in in research laboratories run by the government as well as the corporate sector. Trained graduates can also get job opportunities in government and private teaching and research institutions. Biotechnology graduate can work with pharma companies as medical representatives.
Other then this trained graduate can also find opportunities in plant, animal or microbial biotechnology laboratories or in horticulture, food scienc. In private companies they can also work as:-
  • Business development manager
  • Lab technician   
  • Marketing: In biotechnology marketing
  • Research associate   
  • Research scientist Engineer (Chemical, Electrical, Environmental and Industrial)

In the corporate and public sector, fresh B.Sc. /B. Tech. graduates may get in the range of Rs. 12,000 to Rs.15,000 per month. Those working in the research institutes can expect same income. Remuneration in this field depends on the institute or university from which you get degree as well as the personal skills.

Top Biotechnology Institutes in India

  •  School of Life Sciences University of Hyderabad Hyderabad
  •  School of Biotechnology JNU New Delhi
  •  Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology Trivandrum Kerala
  •  Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai Maharashtra
  •  University School of Biotechnology Guru Gobind Singh Indraprasta University New Delhi
  • Animal Biotechnology Research centre National Dairy Research Institute Karnal, Haryana
  • Department of Molecular Biology & Genetic Engineering, GB Panth University of Agriculture and Technology Pantnagar, Uttarakhand
  • Department of Biotechnology University of Kashmir Srinagar, J&K
  • School of Biotechnology Banaras Hindu University Varanasi, UP
  • Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology MS University of Baroda Vadodara, Gujarat


  1. I have finished my 12 with bio-maths group. I am not that much good in biology...but,`m interested to go for bio-technology. Can I go for it..??
    And can you tell me the top bio technology institutes in Chennai..?? Waiting for your reply...

    1. Hi

      You can go for biotechnology course at graduation level.

      Following are the good Biotech/Science colleges in Chennai

      1. Presidency College (Est: 1840)
      Kamarajar Salai,

      Courses offered :
      B.Sc. in Botany and Zoology (in combination)
      M.Sc. in Botany, Zoology and applied Microbiology
      Ph.D. in Botany and Zoology

      2. Loyola College

      Courses offered :
      B.Sc. in Advanced Zoology & Biotech, Plant Biology & Biotech (in combination)
      M.Sc. in Bio-medical Instrumentation Science, Zoology, Bio-Technology, Food Chemistry and Food Processing, Medical Lab Technology, Medical Sociology
      M.Phil. in Plant Biology & Biotechnology, Zoology
      Ph.D. (Science) in Biotechnology and Zoology

      3. Madras Christian College (Est : 1837)
      Chennai 600059

      Courses offered :
      B.Sc. in Microbiology, Plant Biology/Biotechnology and Zoology (in combination)
      M.Sc. in Appled Microbiology, Plant Biology/Biotechnology and Zoology

      4. Stella Maris College (Est: 1947)
      17, Cathedral Road
      Chennai - 600 086

      Courses offered :
      B.Sc. in Plant Biology/Biotechnology and Zoology (in combination)
      M.Sc. in Bioinformatics

      5. Queen Mary's College (Est: 1914)
      Near MRTS Railway Station, Light House

      Courses offered :
      B.Sc. in Botany and Zoology (in combination)
      M.Sc. in Biochemistry, Botany and Zoology.
      PhD in Botany.

      6. Ethiraj College For Women (Est: 1948)

      Courses offered :
      B.Sc. in Zoology, Advanced Zoology & Biotechnology, Plant Biology & Plant Bio-Technology, Bio-Chemistry, Microbiology (in combination)
      M.Sc. in Zoology and Plant Biology & Plant Bio-Technology
      MPhil in Zoology
      PhD in Zoology.

      7. Guru Nanak College (Est: 1832)

      Courses offered :
      B.Sc. in Plant Biology/Biotechnology, Biotechnology and Zoology (in combination)
      M.Sc in Bioinformatics

      8. Women's Christian College (Est : 1915)
      College Road
      Chennai 600 006

      Courses offered :
      B.Sc. in Advanced Zoology & Biotech, Plant Biology & Plant Bio-Tech (in combination)
      M.Sc. in BioTechnology

      9. Meenakshi College for Women (Est : 1975)
      363, Arcot Road, Kodambakkam,
      Chennai - 600 024

      Courses offered :
      B.Sc. in B.Sc. in Plant Biology/Biotechnology and Zoology (in combination)
      M.Sc in Bioinformatics

      10. DG Vaishnav College (Est : 1964)
      #833, E.V.R. Periyar Highroad

      Courses Offered :
      B.Sc. in Botany and Biochemistry (in combination)
      M.Sc. in Applied Microbiology, Biotechnology and Biochemistry.

  2. Very good, informative post on "careers in biotechnology", thanks!

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