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Alternative Career For Science Students

To build a good career, education is very essential in the current scenario. Students often wonder for the right guidance and the right choice among so many career options. In modern times, for students who wish to pursue a career in the science field after 10+2, graduation and post-graduation, career options are not limited to traditional medicine or engineering courses.Distribution of students              

Figure: Faculty-wise distribution of students in 2016-17, Source: UGC, MHRD

Bachelors of Science (BSc) is the most common option selected for science students recently. The education system in India has so many institutes/universities which offer job oriented and industry-specific courses for Science students with practical training also to develop specialized skill-sets among students for the industries oriented jobs. Here is a list of some of the most preferred courses which 10+2 passed students can choose from the field of science:

  • E./B.Tech.
  • Medical courses like MBBS, BAMS, BUMS, BHMS and BDS
  • Pharma
  • Sc. Clinical Research & Healthcare Management
  • Sc. Zoology
  • Sc. Botany
  • Sc. Biotechnology
  • Sc. Microbiology
  • Sc. Biochemistry
  • Sc. Nursing
  • BPT (Bachelors in Physiotherapy)
  • Sc. Bioinformatics
  • Sc. Computer Science

After the completion of a graduate degree, students can opt to pursue higher education like M. Pharma or Master of Science (M.Sc.) or in a professional job-oriented course. Employment opportunities after the completion of these courses might include:

  • Lab Technologist
  • Biochemist
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Assistant Research Scientist
  • Assistant manager in various agricultural and food industries
  • Drug Safety Associate
  • Quality Analyst
  • Medical writer
  • Pharmacovigilance Manager
  • Clinical Trial Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Quality Control Associate
Percentage share of student enrolment in different education levels in year 2016-2017  

Figure: Percentage share of student enrolment in different education levels in year 2016-2017. Source: AISHE, Govt of India

Those who are interested in the field of Research and Training of science students can further pursue M. Phil. or PhD courses available in various institutes/universities of India. To pursue a career in research or academics the candidate must clear the National Eligibility Test (NET) or Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) conducted by CSIR or UGC biannually. Employment opportunities include the post of Scientists, Toxicologist, Biochemist and Assistant Professors in various Government or Private organizations. Apart from these various PG Diploma, Diploma, Certificate and Integrated courses are run by various institutes and universities in order to fulfil specialized qualifications for certain disciplines.

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