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Biotechnology has really taken off not only as a discipline in college textbooks but also has yielded fruit in terms of profit-making business enterprises. The success of the Biotechnology industry has lead to sustained economic growth in the developed nations like US, European countries and Canada. India is also fast emerging as a key player in biotechnology related activities and investments. Currently, although the biotechnology market in India contributes only a 2% share in the global market, it is on the threshold of a colossal growth in the coming decade.

Indian Biotechnology - Why is India important?

The importance of India in the field of Biotechnology is manifold. In addition to generating trained manpower and a knowledge base, India is proving to be an ideal setting for manufacturing activities and high-level biotechnology research programmes. With the initiatives taken by the government, Indian Biotechnology is poised for a tremendous growth.
  • Trained manpower and knowledge base
  • Good network of research laboratories
  • Rich Biodiversity
  • Well developed base industries (e.g.: pharmaceuticals, seeds)
  • Access to intellectual resources of NRIs in this area.
  • Extensive clinical trials and research- access to vast & diverse disease populations
Need for the Biotechnology training in India

Despite the many degree holders, industry officials say it has been difficult to find the recruiting talent with the requisite skills. "Unless we do something now, human resources will be a big limitation for the growth of India's biotechnology industry," says Kottaram Narayanan, president of the Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE) and Managing Director of Agri-biotech company Metahelix Life Sciences in Bangalore.

Krishna Ella, managing director of vaccine-maker Bharat Biotech in Hyderabad, says that his company receives 300–500 applications for every new job opening, but the vast majority of candidates don't fit the bill. "It's not just a degree that is important," Ella says. "The most important things are practical skills and the ability to think critically as a biologist.

Biotechnology is ready to take the center stage in the next industrial revolution of our times. It is a knowledge-based industry requiring manpower that has the right combination of the understanding of the technology as well as managerial expertise to harvest this technology into profit-making ventures.

The Indian scenario in this context faces a lacuna for trained manpower, both in terms of specific skill sets and the ability to mature technology into a commercial and fertile industry.
The biotechnology industry is constantly growing. During the past 10 years the number of employees has increased by more than 90 percent. If you enjoy science, math, technology, investigating and solving problems and making useful products, a career in biotechnology may be for you. To begin to prepare for a career in biotechnology, here are several steps to consider that may be helpful.

Education

Education and training requirements for positions in the biotechnology industry vary greatly depending on the type of position, the size of the company, and the industry sector.

Historically, the biotechnology industry has needed intellectual talent at the master's degree and doctoral levels, but the growth of the industry has caused a shift in the types of workers needed to fill critical skill gaps. The education needed for scientific positions ranges from an Associate's Degree to a Doctoral degree, with many community colleges now offering curricula to train biotechnology technicians.

Additionally, there are many other occupations within biotechnology such as: quality control, quality assurance, information technology, human resources, facilities, and infrastructure maintenance and manufacturing.

While many positions in quality control and assurance, as well as information technology, human resources, and manufacturing do require four-year degrees, a significant and growing number of positions now require two-year degrees or less. Manufacturing positions for example, require only a high school degree and training.

Be Well-rounded

Most importantly, make sure to be well-rounded in all subject areas. Although scientific knowledge is important, people entering biotechnology careers need basic skills such as computer use, effective written and verbal communication, and math ability.

Network and Stay Connected

Make contacts and network in the biotechnology field. Talk to professionals. Be familiar with state and national biotech organizations and professional groups. Gain experience in the industry through work-based learning opportunities such as internships, co-ops, work study, and job shadowing.

Keep Learning

Be aware of developments in the field, research on the web, read newspapers, trade journals, and technical magazines.
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