It is thought that if you are a PCB student then you are destined only for the medical stream. Well, this is not the scenario, but there are several career options for PCB students after 12th standard. To know more about them, keep reading this blog on career guidance after passing 12 with physics, chemistry and biology combination.
Promising career options after 12th standard, for PCB Students besides Medical
1. Botany :
A well-established branch of biology which deals with study and research on plants. A botanist discovers new species, study interactions of plants with organisms in their ecosystem, plant’s genetic formation, etc.
Career Opportunities: After graduation with Botany, you will get opportunities in natural resource centers, landscape industries, environmental firms, or as a researcher, teacher or professor, taxonomist, nursery manager, and environmental consultant.
A few top colleges: Delhi University, St. Xavier’s College, St. Teresa’s College, Loyola College, Stella Maris College, Ferguson College, Mount Carmel College, Christ University, Presidency College, St. Joseph’s College
2. Microbiology :
The students study microscopic organisms and their interactions with flora and fauna and other organisms. Microbiologists research and find out how different microorganisms affect our lives.
Career Opportunities: Clinical researcher, lab technician, research scientist, quality control, working in the pharma sector, health sector, breweries, food industries, agriculture, etc.
A few top colleges: Delhi University, Madras Christian College, Ferguson College, Ethiraj College for Women, The Oxford College of Science, Osmania University, Punjab University
This field involves the study and research on the animal kingdom. Zoologists analyze structure, life, genetics, physiology, classification, and detail the interactions of various species by observing animals in their natural habitats and laboratories.
Career Opportunities: A zoologist can become a researcher, wildlife rehabilitator, animal breeder, wildlife biologist, conservationist, teacher or professor in institutions.
A few top colleges: Xavier’s College, St. Albert’s College, Oxford College of Science, Delhi University, Presidency College, Loyola College, Christ University, Madras Christian College
They study chemical processes and substances within living organisms. A laboratory-based science which brings together biology and chemistry. You need good career guidance here, because it’s an emerging field and you might get into wrong placements.
Career Opportunities: An emerging field with numerous great opportunities like a biomedical scientist, clinical lab technologist, forensic scientist, toxicologist, research scientist, pharma sales representative, healthcare scientist, consultant, medical coder, teacher or professor, etc.
A few top colleges: St. Xavier’s College, Delhi University, Presidency University, Aligarh Muslim University, Fergusson College, Banaras Hindu University, Christian Medical College, The Oxford College of Science
5. Environmental Science:
An essential field which involves the study of the chemical, physical and biological components of the environment and their interactions.
Career Opportunities: They are hired for researches and other for various industries like mines, fertilizer plants, water-treatment plants, etc. and several government departments and agencies like pollution control board, forestry, agriculture, etc.
A few top colleges: Delhi University, Mount Carmel College, Fergusson College.
To mention that environmental science specialization is offered mostly at PG level in India.
This field combines biology, IT, and computer science. Professionals in this field develop and use tools and techniques to analyze biological data
Career Opportunities: You can start working as an analyst with pharma or biotechnology companies, pharma, healthcare organizations and with research agencies after graduation.
A few top colleges: The best institutes offer specialization only at the postgraduate level. Some mentions are Punjab University, Bangalore University, Mumbai University, Stella Maris College, AIIMS, Pune University, Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology, Delhi University, etc.
7. Marine Biology:
This field involves a study of marine organisms, their behavior, and interactions with the environment and among themselves.
Career Opportunities: You can get a job as an aquaculturist, environmental consultant, fishery biologist, researcher, etc.
A few top colleges: Indian Maritime University, Pondicherry University, University of Madras, National Institute of Oceanography
A field which brings together life science and technology and uses living organisms or their parts like cells and bacteria in industrial processes.
Career Opportunities: There are ample opportunities like in pharma, healthcare, genetics, or clinical research.
A few top colleges: Jamia Milia Islamia, Manipal University Loyola College, Ferguson College, Christ University, Madras Christian College, Mount Carmel College, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Presidency University
This field includes the study of genes and their functions, genetic variations, and heredity of living organisms.
Career Opportunities: After specialization one can become a geneticist, immunologist, forensic DNA analyst, cytogeneticist, geneticist, pharmacologist, CRA, research scientist, etc.
A few top colleges: Oxford College of Science, Guru Nanak Dev University, Osmania University, Kurukshetra University, Bangalore City College, Institute of Genetic Engineering
As there are very less excellent universities in India who offer this stream here, it is preferred to pursue the same abroad.
This field combines Biology with principles of Physics. Biophysicists study organisms at both cellular and molecular level using methods and approaches of Physics.
Career Opportunities: A specialist can become nuclear medical biophysicist, clinical biophysicist, nutritional biophysicist, forensic biophysicist, professor, etc.
A few top colleges: University of Madras, Panjab University, University of Mumbai, All AIIMS, Aligarh Muslim University
11. Biomedical Science:
An applied science which combines different aspects of different disciplines to develop technologies, interventions, and knowledge in the domain of health care.
Career Opportunities: With the knowledge and skill set and proper career guidance, one can become a biomedical scientist, clinical researcher, toxicologist, forensic scientist, immunologist, and other healthcare professions. It is a new, but a fast-growing field in India.
A few top colleges: the University of Delhi and Symbiosis International University. Some institutes offer course at PG level which includes Dr. B.R Ambedekar Centre for Biomedical Research, University of Madras, Vellore Institute of Technology, BIT Mesra, J.J College of Arts and Science, and Jamia Milia Islamia
12. Allied Medicine:
If you aspire to a career in Medical, yet don’t want to go through the challenging road of an M.B.B.S then there is the Allied Medicine domain which would suit you. This wide domain consists of different healthcare careers and you need wise career guidance. There are various opportunities which are distinct from doctors, yet assist the doctors. These include careers like Audiology, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Medical Lab Technology, Radiology, Clinical Research, etc.
Career Opportunities: The career opportunities for the above careers in allied science pertain to a specific field, and is very vast. A common workplace is hospitals, pathology labs or private practices as in case of Physiotherapists.
A few top colleges: AIIMS, Jamia Hamdard University (Optometry); Indian Institute of Public Health; Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Christian Medical College, All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Occupational Therapy); Asian Institute of Health Sciences (Clinical Research); Kasturba Medical College (Radiology); Maulana Azad Medical College, Armed Forces Medical College (Audiology); Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Institute for Physically Handicapped (Physiotherapy).
Hope this information helps you on career guidance in deciding what next after class 12.
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