Topic – Education
State – National
Sector – New Age Careers

Genetics is the study of genes, heredity and genetic variations, gene distribution, gene behaviour, and molecular structure of genes in living organisms, including the process and function of trait inheritance. With a constant increase in awareness related to various health issues, people are getting more interested in this field to understand the biology of the bodies. 

Moreover, various vaccination programmes are also based on studying the Genetics of a particular organism and pave the way in advance Research with special instruments. Be it public sector or private sector, this field has already reached the top position and will remain so because of increasing human population and the need to resolve various complexities.                                                                                                                    

Available Job Roles: Cytogeneticist, Genetical Engineer, Forensic DNA Analyst, Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Clinical Geneticist, Genetic Counselor, Research Geneticist, Professor/Lecturer.

Key Skills Required: Domain Knowledge, Technical Knowledge, Laboratory Skills, Scientific Knowledge, Data Analysis, Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, IT Literacy.

What to study?

Students interested in pursuing a career in Genetics  can explore the following pathways:

  • Path 1: Class XII with Science Stream; BSc (Hons) (Genetics/Biological Sciences/Life Sciences); MSc (Genetics/Bio-sciences); PhD.
  • Path 2: Class XII with Science Stream; B.Tech (Genetic Engineering); M.Tech (Genetic Engineering); PhD.  

Where to study?

Colleges and universities offering the best programs in Genetics in India & abroad are given below:

India Abroad
  • Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Multiple locations
  • Institute of Genetic Engineering, Kolkata                                                                                                                                   Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Multiple locations
  • The Oxford College of Science, Bengaluru 
  • ARIBAS, Gujarat   
  • University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Australian National University, Australia
  • Johns Hopkins University, United States                                                                                                                                     Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  • University of Toronto, Canada


 Pros & Cons

    • Pros: Lead advanced research projects, Research opportunities, Opportunities in various industries. 
  • Cons:  Requires extensive knowledge, skill and training, Involves long working hours.    

Top Recruiters

Some of the top recruiters of Genetics graduates are: Centre for Human Genetics, NCBI, NIH, Research Institutes, CBI, CID,  Narcotics Department, AIIMS, Indian Council of Medical Research, Indian Agriculture Research Institute, National Institute of Animal Biotechnology, Futura Genetics, Redcliff Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd., Life Cell, Strand Life Sciences, Tata Memorial Center,  BCS InSilico Biology, DNA Labs India, Datar Cancer Genetics, MedGenome, MapMyGenome, GenomePatri etc.