Biotech is one of the most impactful and fastest growing industries in the world. Its impact ranges from curing deadly diseases and improving crop yields to raising the quality of human lives. According to a report by Grand View Research Market, Inc, the global biotech market is expected to reach USD 727.1 billion by 2025.
That’s why, today, it’s one of the most popular fields of study in colleges all over the world. To become successful in any industry, however, one must develop a mastery of certain skills. Below, we have listed a few of the skills that should be mastered by all aspiring biotech students.
1. Learn the concepts and handling of basic lab techniques
Biotech is a lab research-driven field. Without possessing basic lab skills, biotech students can’t expect an enlightened and prosperous career. Some of the techniques that every biotech student should try to learn are as follows:
Tissue Culture (an in vitro culture of organisms’ tissue under controlled conditions), PCR (a DNA amplification technique, also known as Polymerase Chain Reaction), Gel Electrophoresis (a method used to separate mixtures of DNA, RNA, or proteins according to molecular size), Western blot (a common method to detect and analyze proteins, also known as protein immunoblot), ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay), Molecular Cloning (a method to assemble recombinant DNA molecules and to direct their replication within host organisms), Flow Cytometry (a technology used to analyze the physical and chemical characteristics of particles in a fluid as it passes through at least one laser), Mass Spectrometry (an analytical technique that ionizes chemical species and sorts the ions based on their mass-to-charge ratio), Confocal microscopy (an optical imaging technique that allows enhanced optical resolution and contrasted images), and Cell-Based Assays (often used to study cellular mechanisms in a biological context).
If you do not have access to the proper guidance and resources to acquire mastery over these skills, register at www.scientest.in/register and contact any of the hundreds of biotech training companies listed on the platform and learn how they can help you acquire the skills you need to excel in your biotech research career.
2. Become data-savvy and learn to make data-driven decisions
Lab experiments help you generate data, but, if you can’t analyze that data and make better conclusions, your entire research can simply go to waste. That’s why it’s very important in biotechnology to learn how to analyze data. Learning statistical analysis, such as t and z tests, contingency tables, epidemiologic statistics, survival statistics, and even machine learning and data mining can help advance the career of biotech students.
3. Become an effective communicator
It would be an understatement to say it’s essential to be an effective communicator to succeed in a biotech career. Whether you want to write a statement of purpose to get into a college, publish a research paper, apply for a research grant, or convince the citizens and governments to allow the adoption of a biotech product, such as Bt brinjal (a transgenic brinjal/eggplant), all it takes is effective and convincing communication.
The good news is that communication skills can be acquired or even externalized. It’s crucial for biotech students who are starting out to learn all the tools of the trade that are needed to become a great communicator, such as PowerPoint proficiency, concise writing, and eloquent speaking. Seeking external help to make your communication more impactful is also an option. Hundreds of freelancers, experts and companies can help sharpen your communication skills on Scientest.
4. Build your personal brand and expand your professional network
In this era of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you, the biotech student, don’t have to entirely rely on getting your research published to communicate your science effectively. You can leverage these social media platforms to reach and influence potentially millions of people with a click of a button. As a biotechnologist, when you have access to such sophisticated information, it makes sense to share your knowledge with your peers and even layman to advance the progress of science. By doing this, you don’t just give back to society; you also build your brand – you must do that.
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