Whenever there is a talk about the science stream, the next question that comes up is the choice of medical or non-medical. The non-medical science students are likely to pursue engineering as their profession. Those who opt for medical should become doctors. This is a typical mind-set existing today, even after opening of the career options.
Research: Science is a very large area of exploration. What you see on dedicated TV channels, is research on a vast variety of subjects. Is it all carried out by engineers and doctors? The answer is a big no! These are people who have studied science and took up specialization in the fields that interested them. They spend time on doing research and earn PhD and Doctorate degrees in their respective fields.
Institutes: There are a number of scientific research institutes in India and abroad which support the research programs. The scientists who go in for these professions are also awarded stipends during their course of study by the government. Though the government wants to push ahead in this neglected area and can provide the infrastructural support, but there are very few takers.
Successful career option: This career option is very much open for the science students who have the knack and willing to take a plunge in this direction. Though it is not considered to be a rewarding career, but it is likely to open up in a big way. We come to hear about the rocket launches from SriHarikota and satellites being placed in geosynchronous orbits. The world got jittery when India tested its nuclear capabilities. All this has been possible because we have the scientists working behind the scenes in all these endeavours.
Top notch organizations: We have Defense research and development organization (DRDO) and Central electrical and electronic research institute (CEERI) as examples of premier organizations and institutes in India which promote research. Besides these, there a number of private research entities in the country also. For admission to these government and private sector entities you have to be qualified with a science background and also clear the admission tests.
Good profession: Those who have the knack for research and like the life of a scientist can definitely pursue this career. The scientists today, are very different from the projections that exist in the society. Exceptions can be there, but scientists devote time to their profession and also lead a good family life.
Global scale: The best part, in this profession is the option of doing specialization in your respective field from foreign universities. To qualify for the courses in the foreign countries, the students are required to complete a bridge course first after they are selected. This enables them to come at par with the other students following a curriculum of study in that country. The study in the foreign country can be expensive, but students manage to learn to fund their studies. Scholarships, loans and earn while you learn are the various methods adopted by the students.
Explore the field of scientific studies further and you will find that plenty of career options open up in front of you.
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