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12982006 Biotech Career

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Biotechnology as Career
Gowhar Shafi
Biotech jobs
The $28 billion biotechnology industry, in a broad sense, uses organisms, cells, or molecules isolated from cells to make products or solve problems. Scientific breakthroughs in the 1970s allowed companies to capitalize on biotechnology techniquesto make products ranging from better pharmaceutical drugs to enzymes that stonewash jeans.Today, the industry's nearly 1,457 companies employ more than 179,000 people inresearch, development, manufacturing, sales and other types of jobs. The biotech industryis predicted to employ a large number of people, with hundreds of high-paying scientificand technical jobs, coming open every year.
Career Opportunities
The Career options related to the Biotech Industry extend to universities, medicalschools and government labs. Every well-established Biotech Unit comprises of severaldivisions that carry out different functions. The career opportunity available with suchdepartments consists of 
Research & Development
Scientific Directors, Scientists, Research Associates, Research Assistants,Bioinformatics Scientist/Engineer, Bioinformatics Analyst/Programmer, Molecular Modeler, Facility Manager/Supervisor (Animal Sciences), Veterinarian, Lab Assistant,Glasswasher 
Process Development Managers, Process Development Technician,Manufacturing Managers Manufacturing Technician, Manufacturing Instrumentation /Calibration Technician, Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Facilities Manager, Toxicologist,Environmental Engineers.
Quality Control (QC) Manager/Supervisor, QC Analyst, Quality AssuranceManager/Supervisor, Quality Assurance (QA) Documentation Specialist, ValidationManager.
Clinical Research
Clinical Research Manager, Biostatistician, Clinical Data Manager/Associate,Manager of Regulatory Affairs, Medical Affairs Director 
Finance & Administration
Financial Officers, Director of Finance, Accounting Managers, AccountingClerks, Public/Investor Relations Manager, Government Relations Manager, Human
Resources Representative, Administrative Assistant, Manager of Information Systems,Analyst/Programmer, Patent/IP Attorney
Business Development
Business Development Mangers, Corporate Planning Managers, BusinessDevelopment Research Analysts, Product Marketing Managers, Marketing ResearchAnalyst.
Project Management
Director of Project Management, Project Managers, Project Assistants.
The Job Demands
International Employers look for cross-disciplinary education, as Biology problems are too big to be solved by people trained in only one discipline. The aspirantsneed to possess science and technology basics, training in computer use and informationtechnology, and education in biotechnology & bioethics to anticipate and present optionsfor solving prickly social issues. Community and four-year college training in biologyand related disciplines, including integrated science and technology programs thatincorporate computer science, information technology chemistry, biology, engineering principles, and bioethics, are preferred.The industry's diversity and potential for growth mean exciting and rewardingcareer opportunities for Indian Professional, since, Indians have two great skills; a sound base in mathematics and knowledge of biosciences.The tradition of Science and Technology (S & T) in India is over 5000 years old.A renaissance was witnessed in the first half of the 20th century. The S&T infrastructurehas grown up from about Rs. 10 million at the time of independence in 1947 to Rs. 30 billion. Significant achievements have been made in the areas of nuclear and spacescience, electronics and defense. The government is committed to making S&T anintegral part of the socio-economic development of the country.India has the third largest scientific and technical manpower in the world; 162universities award 4,000 doctorates and 35,000 post-graduate degrees and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research runs 40 research laboratories which have made somesignificant achievements.India has been the forerunner among the developing countries in promoting multi-disciplinary activities in Biotechnology, recognizing the practically unlimited possibilityof their applications in increasing agricultural and industrial production, and in improvinghuman and animal life.Recently, the Biotechnology Consortium India Lt. was set up. It will play the roleof catalyst in bridging the gap between Research and Development, Industrial andFinancial Institutions. Some of the new initiatives taken include developing techniquesfor gene mapping, conservation of biodiversity and bioindicator research, special

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