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Should I pursue my M.Sc. degree?

I am a student of B.Sc. final year with Biology. I want to know what career I can choose after my graduation for a good salary package or should I pursue my M.Sc. degree? If M.Sc., then from which college in Uttar Pradesh should I do so?
Avantika / Gorakhpur

A bachelor’s degree in one of the fields of biology is sufficient for advanced technician jobs in the medical field, lab/research assistant positions, or testing and inspection jobs. You’ll work as part of a big project team. Large industries that deliver health care products seek biology graduates for manufacturing, marketing and sales positions.

But for other positions in the scientific field, for example, jobs in management, sales, inspection, service, and some in applied research, you need to have an advanced degree. You may be involved in planning and administering programmes for testing food and drugs or directing activities at zoos or botanical gardens. You may test and inspect foods, drugs, and other products or write for technical publications. After a few years of experience, you may work as a consultant to business firms or to the government. A Ph.D. is needed for college teaching, independent research, and for advancement to administrative positions.

In order to have good career prospects, you should go for a post-graduate degree. Almost all universities offer M.Sc. If you have an interest in Computers, you can also go for Bioinfomatics, a field that promises to change the way we diagnose and treat diseases and provide healthcare. This is a relatively new discipline where huge discoveries are being made and are waiting to be made.

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Dr Vibha Gupta, a feature writer, is a Ph.D. in Mathematics from IIT Roorkee. Her book Careers: A Pathfinder and articles in various publications are an attempt to guide students in choosing a career according to their natural strengths, talents and skills.

Dr Vibha Gupta

Dr Vibha Gupta, a feature writer, is a Ph.D. in Mathematics from IIT Roorkee. Her book Careers: A Pathfinder and articles in various publications are an attempt to guide students in choosing a career according to their natural strengths, talents and skills.