A virologist is a medical professional who studies a variety of diseases and viruses that could impact animals, fungi, natural environments, humans or insects. Many virologists diagnose and study different viral infections to determine ways to prevent them from reoccurring. They might work in colleges or academic institutions to teach students about the medical subjects they study, or they can advise medical team members in different government or health departments on ways to handle certain outbreaks or infections impacting communities.
They regularly conduct research and report findings on different viruses like Ebola, rubella, HIV or chicken pox. Some virologists may work solely in an academic or research settings. Others may pursue physician roles, so that they can use the information found in their studies to treat and cure patients. They may also use this knowledge to develop innovative antiviral medications or vaccinations.
What can I do (Roles Available) ?
Where can I work?
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Government Hospitals, Government Medical Colleges, Government Laboratories
Pharmaceutical Companies, Private Hospitals, Private Universities and Colleges, Private Laboratories and Research Centers
Plethora of opportunities
Opportunity to work with cutting edge science & technology
Opportunity to travel
Highly competitive job market
Too much study required
Too much time required to establish oneself
Possible exposure to hazardous materials
Slow career outlook
Key Skills Required
Attention to detail
What Should I study ?
Class XII in Science stream with Biology; MBBS; MD (Virology)
Class XII in Science stream with Biology; B.Sc (Life Sciences/Microbiology/Molecular Biology/Zoology/Physiology/Genetics/Botany); M.Sc (Virology/Life Sciences/Microbiology/Molecular Biology/Zoology/Physiology/Genetics/Botany); PhD (Virology)
Class XII in Science stream with Biology; B.Tech (Biotechnology/Biomedical Engineering/Genetic Engineering); B.Tech (Biotechnology/Biomedical Engineering/Genetic Engineering); PhD (Virology).