A career in microbiology is among the most chosen options in India. Education through various programs creates more opportunities for microbiologists.

Careers in Microbiology

Microbiology is a branch of biology that includes the study of growth, characteristics and various other aspects related to the life cycle of microbes such as protozoan, algae, fungi, bacteria, and viruses. Apart from examining the specimens, microbiologists also explore the relationship of micro organisms with other creatures and their consequence on the life of human beings. Microbiologists play a significant role in the society, as they are the people who conduct research on the positive as well as negative effects of microorganisms on humanity.

Gene therapy techniques are also developed by microbiologists in order to find solutions for genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis and inherited cancers. Microbiologists conduct research on various topics like interaction between pathogenic microbes and host cells in various institutes or universities. Due to the advancement in the field of science and technology, the scope of research in the field of microbiology has widened. As a result, people who have studied science as the main subject (in 10+2 or graduation) opt for building their career in the field of microbiology.

Course Details
Career in microbiology can be a lucrative option in India as well as abroad. Numerous institutions all over India offer degree programs at under graduate as well as at post graduate levels in the field of microbiology. Minimum requirement to seek admission to under graduate programs is 10+2 in science stream (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or biology), while for post graduate programs, the candidates should have a Bachelorís degree in microbiology/Life science.

Career Prospects
Scholars of microbiology can opt for a career as Bacteriologists, Environmental Microbiologists, Food Microbiologists, Industrial Microbiologists, Medical Microbiologists, Mycologists, Protozoologists, Biochemist, Biotechnologist, Biomedical Scientist, Cell Biologists, Geneticists, Immunologists, Parasitologists, and Virologists. They can even choose a career as science writer, who writes articles for common people and professional microbiologists. Career as a teacher in the field of microbiology is also a lucrative option.

Top Colleges Offering UG/PG/Other Courses
Microbiology is emerging as the most popular career options among the youth of India. Several institutes all over India offer specialized program in this field. Some of the institutions are Birsa Institute of Technology, (Jharkhand), Christian Medical College, (Tamil Nadu), Banaras Hindu University: Faculty of Science, (Uttar Pradesh), C.M.S. College of Science and Commerce, (Tamil Nadu), Andhra University-College of Science and Technology, (Andhra Pradesh), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (A.I.I.M.S.), (New Delhi), A.V.S. College of Arts and Science, (Tamil Nadu) and Barkatullah Vishwavidyalaya, (Madhya Pradesh).

The remuneration of microbiologists depends on the area of specialization chosen by them. A beginner can earn between Rs.15000-Rs.20000 per month. With experience and qualification, one can expect a higher remuneration.

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