5 Non-medical Courses for Biology Students

Person 1: Oh, you took Biology in your 12th? Then you should take medicine.

2: If you are a student of Biology, then medicine is the only course you can opt for.

3: Don’t you know Biology and Medicine are synonymous?

4: You cease to exist if you are not a doctor.

This has been the norm since time immemorial. Moreover, in India, many people take the Biology stream to become doctors. Now, the news is that there are so many non-medical courses and career paths you can choose. These things are hitherto unheard of and are taking the heat in recent times. Don’t worry if you didn’t get through a medical college, there are many sprawling courses in the upping.

1) Genetics


This field sounds exciting like one out of a Robin Cook novel. If you want to be the keystone of Genetic mapping, stem cell research, DNA fingerprinting, and all the futuristic genetic research, then Genetics will the best fit for you.

Genetics involves the study of genetic variations and mutations. Ohh, does the word ‘mutations’ ring the X-Men bell? Yes, you will be working on something similar but not superhero-ish.

Once you are a professional in the field of Genetics you get to study disease-causing genes and design smart pharma solutions to crack the problem at the source. You will be the one-stop solution for all the genetic problems, disorders, anomalies among others. That sounds like a doctor in the garb of a geneticist.

Jobs in Genetics – Research scientist. Immunologist, Geneticist, Pharmacologist, Forensic Specialist, DNA Analyst, etc.

2) Environmental Science


The planet in its current status quo needs more environmentalists to solve the problems of global warming, pollution, ozone layer depletion, waste management, and many others.

Environmental science involves the study of different components of the environment and their mutual interactions. As an environmentalist, a deeper understanding of the environment helps you retain its glory and aid in sustainable development.  

Environmental scientists work closely with other branches to get rid of the aforesaid problems. You can be the one advising cities on how to take measures for good rainfall and precautions to ward off disasters.

Jobs in Environmental science – Water and sewage treatment, Urban forestry, Pollution control, Mining industry, etc.

3) Allied Medicine


I am a doctor, but not a doctor. I may be a doctor but am I the real doctor? Don’t get into a confusion mode, you are in the world of allied medicine that’s a gateway to medicine without an MBBS degree.

Allied medicine is an amalgamation of various careers in healthcare. You will be a great support mechanism to doctors in their day-to-day work. That makes this field of study vast in its expanse.

The growing healthcare industry provides enough scope for an allied medical professional to thrive in. You can work with a hospital or set up your own clinic. The other establishments that need your services are schools, pathology labs, NGOs, social service departments, and government organizations.

Jobs in Allied Medicine – Clinical Research, Medical Lab Technology, Occupational Therapy, Radiology, Physiotherapy, etc.

4) Biotechnology


Ever thought of a marriage between Biology and Technology. That sounds like a union of two unlike poles on extreme ends, but that’s possible; in fact, made possible.

Biotechnologists make friends with bacteria to churn out better industrial processes. When the world needs improved crop yields, food production, or cleaner and safer fuels, they will knock on the door of a biotechnologist who can enhance the scope of biotechnology with the right mix of technology.

Jobs in Biotechnology – Sales and Marketing functions of Pharma companies, Cosmetics, Environmental Conservationist, Field Technician, Fields of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Nutrition, Marine Technology and more.

5) Food and Agriculture

Food and Agriculture can be looked at as a combined field because of their interdependency. This deals with the identification and understanding of different processes that affect the crops at a biological and chemical level.

The professionals will study the traditional practices of agriculture and food production, and try to add technological muscle to the conventional processes to get more yield per area. Some offshoots of this field are Horticulture, Dairy Technology, and Agriculture Engineering.

Jobs in Food & Agriculture – Food technologist, Horticulturist, Dairy technologist, Agricultural scientist, Soil scientist, Plant scientist, Food Product Developer, Process Developer, etc. 

So, there is much more to explore beyond a career in medicine. Now, Biology students can make merry and freeze on any of the aforesaid courses for a better non-medical career!

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