August 09, 2012 Category : Careers & Training
With the Indian Biotechnology segment growing at 15% per year, career opportunities in fields such as bio-pharmacy, bio-service, bio-agriculture, bio-industrial and bio-informatics is burgeoning", informed G S Krishnan, Managing Director, Novozymes South Asia Pvt. Ltd during a "High-Tea" session, a dedicated chat platform on TimesJobs.com for candidates to ask career related queries from experts.
He informed candidates that most jobs are currently available in the private sector and for research & development, marketing, sales/business development and customer support profiles.
Throwing light on the current market situation, Krishnan said that demand at the entry level in the biotechnology industry may not be encouraging. The reason being, the industry is still at a nascent stage in India. However, this situation will improve if candidates can equip themselves with higher professional/specialized degrees to qualify further in this segment. A fresher can seek junior research associate positions or lab technicians in the Research & Development (R&D) function, he added.
"Many pharmaceutical companies have established R&D centers in India and are considering tapping India's talent. Graduates with good academic results, relevant experience and strong soft skills can look forward to a range of positions in the field", remarked Lawrence Ganti, Director - Head, Merck Serono India in the TimesJobs.com Recruitment Trend Report (RecruiteX January-March 2012).
In view of Krishnan, the Industrial Biotech segment is another promising domain where candidates can focus for lucrative career opportunities in multiple industries such as textile, detergent, food, feed, leather, and is growing at 11% per year in India.
Another upcoming area in the biotechnology industry is bioinformatics, which has registered 10% growth and holds promising career opportunities for candidates with knowledge of computer and statistics.
According to industry experts, analytical and communication skills are very crucial together with right qualification to have a successful career in the biotechnology industry.