Below listed are the major careers one could pursue in the field of Life Sciences followed by required qualifications, career path to adopt, expected salaries, local and global demand and list of Institutions that are offering relevant courses.
Life sciences include the work of Biologists utilizing the skills of Physicists and Chemists. Mostly they are associated with research and development or preserving the balance of the life. The advancements in this field would be directly implemented to improve the quality of our life and the environment. This is challenged and niche field of science where the cross-discipline functionality could be used in finding solutions.
Considering the depth of the knowledge one should achieve to offer significant contribution it is required to have at least Master’s degree with specialization. Usually the students select a specialization and complete their PhD in it. This would help them achieve complete understanding and commendable knowledge in that field and hence helps in finding relevant jobs.
Being research associated this career is associated with extended working hours, long gestation period, collaboration with other scientists or institutions. Sometimes it takes a life time to find a breakthrough in your field of operation. However, this career will take you to places and offer chance to work in fascinating fields. Learning never stops in the career. You are expected to engage in regular publishing your findings to enhance the knowledge of the fellow researchers
You could start with a Bachelor’s degree however it is strongly advisable to have Master’s degree. A PhD would greatly help to enhance your knowledge thus the job options.
Analytical skills, Verbal & Communication skills, Interpersonal skills, Time-Management skills, Critical thinking.
As a research assistant / junior scientist, you could expect a starting package of around INR 5 – 7L per annum. Your future package and perks mostly depends on whether you opt to stay with research associated with government institutions or prefer to opt for R&D role with the private sector.