Career in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics
Bioinformatics is a combination of biology and computer science while biotechnology is a broad scientific discipline where biological sciences combined with engineering. Biotechnology exploits cellular and biological processes to develop new technologies, as well as products functional in different fields like research, agriculture, industry, health care, environment, etc.
Students have to pass12th standard with science subjects, having at least 60% aggregate.
Biotechnology is a broad scientific discipline where biological sciences combined with engineering. Biotechnology exploits cellular and biological processes to develop new technologies, as well as products functional in different fields like research, agriculture, industry, health care, environment, etc.
Advanced degrees are also offered by universities including Master of Science or a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, preparing the future specialist well. The study programs normally take two to five years to complete.
A degree in Bioinformatics creates specialists in the field of computer and data analysis, who work in the domain of biotechnology and various other biological research spaces. The professionals are engaged in collecting, storing, analyzing, and presenting complex biological data including DNA and genome information, protein sequencing and pathways. Pharmaceuticals, computer information science, and medical technology are the other field of interest for the young aspirants.
The 5-year integrated programme in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics covers a wide variety of subjects from biology, and physical sciences to engineering disciplines. The carefully designed curriculum, sophisticated laboratory facilities, disciplined research-based teaching, opportunity to work on independent in-house projects and the chance of getting trained in leading biotechnological firms to make our students proficient to venture into career opportunities either in industry or in academia.
This integrated course is a complete programme to systematically groom a young student just after their school into an academic enthusiast or an industry professional in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics within a span of five years.
There are about 40 colleges in India that offer B Tech in Bioinformatics and hundreds that offer B Sc in the subject. There are more than 150 colleges and universities that offer M. Sc in Bioinformatics. The Neotia University and Yogi Vemana University offer integrated M. Sc in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. Dr. MGR Educational and Research Centre, Dr. Zakir Husain Institute and International Institute of Information Technology offer M.S. in Bioinformatics.
Students of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics enjoy huge demand in various industrial sectors such as food and beverage, textile, biological products, medicines, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, animal husbandry, nutrition, and environmental conservation. Most of the work done by professionals engaged in Biotechnology is concerned with industrial research and development in various laboratories. Healthcare products, textile, and cosmetics industry are some other sectors which also offer ample opportunities for qualified and skilled Biotech professionals.
Bioinformatics specialists typically have many years of research and advanced study. Young aspirants in the field can look for a career in biological research, pharmaceuticals, and medical technology, among other professional domains. Jobs at senior levels often demand a master’s degree. The bioinformatics specialists are adept in computer science and programming as well as in biological science.
Career opportunities in the field are numerous and include positions like medical research, database manager or software developer. A graduate degree can land you up with the best jobs in this highly competitive segment. Job responsibilities include designing and manipulating complex databases, creating web-based analytical tools and algorithms or developing new software for project and research needs. Compensation is generally handsome.
Online Courses on Bioinformatics
Top Companies to work with
Biocon, Serum Institute of India, Panacea Biotech, Mahyco Monsanto Biotech, Rasi Seeds, Novo Nordisk, Aventis, Indian Immunologicals, Venkateshwara Hatcheries, Ranbaxy, Dr. Reddy’s Labs, and Piramal Healthcare. These are the leading companies in the Indian biotechnological industry who use innovative biotechnological processes and techniques to develop bio-products.
Author: Baishali Mukherjee
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