Career counselling: Demand for medical researchers growing

  • Usha Albuquerque, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jan 11, 2016 16:23 IST
With global players focusing on drug research, the requirement for skilled medical researchers is increasing. (SHUTTERSTOCK)

I am pursuing BSc in medical biotechnology from Amity University, Noida. What are the job options?
- Rishab Narula

Medical biotechnology deals with the healthcare and pharmacy sectors. Any discovery pertaining to drugs, vaccines, diagnostics etc can take the entire industry onto another platform altogether. With global players focusing on such research, the requirement for skilled medical researchers will be high in the years to come, particularly with companies developing biotech products and pharmaceutical firms with research facilities. Areas such as gene therapy and gene intervention, cell and tissue engineering, the use of stem cells for curative purposes, use of bio-sensors for diagnosis purposes, development of non-invasive imaging are some of the current thrust areas. While a basic biotechnology programme is suitable for undergraduate degree study, it is good to consider a specialisation such as medical biotechnology at postgraduate level. In fact in India, 70% of the total revenue of the biotech sectors comes from medical ­biotechnology.

I did BCA as a regular course and MCA from distance learning. Currently, I am doing MTech in computer science. What are the career options?
- Gurpreet Kaur

There is a huge demand for professionals with a variety of computer specific qualifications as there is a shortage of manpower because the quality of education at BTech level is poor. This has led to the growing demand for higher technical qualifications such as MTech. Moreover, with the industry poised to go up the value chain, the demand for enhanced analytical and computational skills is rising. Government organisations that recruit MTech computer science graduates include ISRO, DRDO, ONGC, BHEL, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, National Informatics Centre. You can also apply for Engineering Services Examination conducted by the UPSC every year.

Send your queries at ­hteducation@­ or to Career Counselling, HT Education, 1st floor, HT House, 18-20, KG Marg, New Delhi-110001. The columnist is director of Careers Smart, and author of the Penguin India Career Guides Vol 1 and 2

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