A world beyond NEET
As soon as students get their matriculation results or even before that, the thoughts of career options are on their head. Selecting a course where the interests of the ward as well as the future prospect are secure is a cumbersome task for students and parents.
If we look at the present scenario, we will find that if a student opts for Biology in Science stream, the only thing that comes to mind is ‘NEET’, i.e. the medical entrance test. But, this is a myth and prejudice.
There are ample career options else than medicine once you opt Biology for intermediate course. Here, we are listing in detail some other career options with bright future prospect.
B.Sc. in Anthropology
Anthropologists can start their careers in different sectors, like colleges, government agencies, NGOs, business, health and human services. These graduates can also get jobs at private businesses, community organisations, museums, independent research institutes, service organisations and media.
B.Sc. in Veterinary Science
The career scope of veterinary science is large and is growing faster in this modern world era. Veterinarians work in private clinics, animal hospitals and laboratories.
B. Pharma (Pharmacy)
Job Opportunities in Pharmacy field are huge. Due to the opening of large pharmaceutical companies, the future in the field of pharmacy is bright. Numerous jobs are available for pharmacists in government as well as other sectors.
B.Sc. in Nursing
After finishing BSc in Nursing one can opt for MSc in nursing which will improve their prospects in the job market. One can specialize in psychiatry, Medical-Surgical, Community Health and Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The students can join the top Nursing Colleges in Bangalore or elsewhere for further studies.
B.Sc. in Physio-Therapy
After the completion of the course one may go for the higher studies as M.PT or PhD. To work with the hospitals, health organizations or individual practice, it is necessary to have the bachelor degree. One can work with the ministry of sports, stadium, hospitals, health societies or can do freelance practice.
B.Sc. in Medical Science
Scopes: Lab Technicians, Lab Assistants, Medical Technologists, Lab managers. B.Sc. in Speech and Language Therapy Career Scopes: Audiologists, Speech Pathologists, Clinical Supervisors
B.Sc. in Rehabilitation Therapy
Job opportunities for Rehabilitation Therapists are available in special schools, community mental health centers, residential care facilities, adult daycare programs and sports teams. Some Rehabilitation Therapists may choose NGOs working for rehabilitation of children, elderly people and disabled.
Other options that one can explore are Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant, Private Practitioner, Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Lab Technician, B.Sc. in MLT-Medical Technology
Other Career Options include Lab technician, Lab technologist, Lab supervisor, Lab manager, Lab assistant, Instructor/Tutor, Lab analyst, B.Sc. in Audiology
Career opportunity in M.Sc/B.Sc Audiology
ENT / Audiological Physicians
Hearing Aid Audiologists
B.Sc. in Genetics
Genetics is a wide field and it has applicability in cancer research, assessing newborn defects, Nutrigenomics, DNA sample analysis, etc. The field of genetics allows you to work in medical as well as scientific research.
(The author is a Retired Principal based at Malout in Punjab)