What is The Scope Of Microbiology in India?
I am a Std X student and I want to take up Microbiology. Which colleges offer this stream and what are the job opportunities in microbiology?
What is Microbiology?
Microbiology is the study of minute living organisms which cannot be seen with the naked eye. These microorganisms are an integral part of the human environment and they are present everywhere. Some of them are yeasts, viruses, protozoa, moulds, bacteria and algae.
What are the colleges that offer Microbiology?
Many colleges offer Bachelor of Science in Microbiology as a three-year course. Eligibility is 10+2 with physics, chemistry and biology.
Generally, admission for B.Sc. (Microbiology) programme is on the basis of marks obtained in 10+2. The better the college is, higher the cut-off percentage goes.
Though the eligibility for graduation in Microbiology is 10+2 with PCB or PCM, you can take Biology in 11th and make your base strong.
Not many institutes offer specialized course in Microbiology at graduation level and admission is on marks basis only.
Several universities offer Microbiology at the postgraduate level. Some institutes like School of Biosciences under Mahatma Gandhi University, conduct an entrance test followed by interview for admission. After completing a M.Sc. in Microbiology with good marks you can opt for M.Phil. or Ph.D. programmes. A doctorate degree is a must for a career in research and development.
Job Opportunities in Microbiology
Those with B.Sc. degrees may work as technologists in government or industrial laboratories.
They are usually assigned such tasks as doing diagnostic or quality control testing in laboratories, in industry or in teaching and applied research institutions.
Opportunities for advancement are limited for graduates. Those who have M.Sc. degrees may work as professionals in quality control in industry, and those who have Ph.D.s may conduct research and teach in universities or manage hospital (clinical) diagnostic microbiology laboratories. Possible avenues of advancement for microbiologists are many, especially for those with a doctoral degree.
Excerpts from The Teenager Today – Articles by Dr. Vibha Gupta
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