What is Biotechnology and why you should consider it as a career option?
As a student of Biotechnology, I believe to have gained enough knowledge to speak at length about the field. This is a relatively new stream but its application can be traced back to thousands of years(in a broad sense). Very literally, it is a technology that uses biological systems. The field encompasses a wide range of pure biological sciences like molecular biology, human physiology, microbiology, cell culture, genetics, etc
WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE BIOTECH ?
You have an instant liking for biology? A positive outlook towards pursuing research? Then Biotechnology is for you.
You hate biology, but love math and computers? Well you can still do biotechnology and specialize in branches that demand math and computer knowledge.
Biotechnology makes room for everybody. A computer geek, a math nerd, a biology expert, all of them can have their concrete space in this field. A computer guy can delve into informatics in biology (to say the least), while a math geek can try his hand at bio statistics. I have seen instances where students who hate biology have taken a liking for it in the course of time. So no preconceived notions but a strong will to study would suffice.
WHO SHOULD TAKE UP BIOTECHNOLOGY?
This wouldn't be very different from the previous answer. Flair for biology would be a bonus to be inspired by the field. The field is strongly recommended if you think playing with living systems, manipulating them at genetic level (for the good of mankind) is cool.
Chemistry becomes a strong player in this field as during the course, various chemical engineering subjects are introduced. Deep rooted interest in chemistry can be a reason to take up biotechnology. Bio robotics, bio process engineering are other topics that are outside the sphere of core biology that govern this course.
Why you shouldn't take it up.
I have seen many students (also classmates) who have taken biotechnology because their dreams of becoming a doctor were not realized. Personally, this is an absolute turn off. If you want to become a doctor, go be one. This is no substitute for it. Many students lose focus along the way due to this reason.
If your professional goal is to make fast bucks then this field is not for you. This requires consistent and well charted hard work which will definitely bear fruit in the long run.
Biotechnological techniques are extensively used in
- Genetic Engineering
- Tissue Engineering
- Health Care
- Industrial R & D
There is a growing demand for qualified 'bio technologists' as we'd like to call ourselves. Today, biotech is blanketing various fields of science, so boost up your creativity and originality and be a part of this ever growing domain