After 12th science, the course a student chooses defines his/her career. Such is the importance of that decision. I’ve already written an article titled- ‘Top 11 courses to do after 12th science’. That article has been getting many visits also. Since then, I’ve been getting requests from Biology stream students of 12th science class. They’ve been asking me to write a similar list, exclusively for Biology students, so that they can readily make use of it. Here I’m, with one such list of best courses, aimed at creating good careers for biology stream students.
The reason they said was that the article about top courses after 12th science contained too much information. Yes, that article consists of courses for both Mathematics and Biology students. With this article, I guess that now they won’t have to carefully scan out group B related courses!
I’ve tried to keep the list real concise and cover as many good courses as I could. Make sure that you read the whole post, analyze each course and select the one that suits you the best. I agree that you may be well aware of many entries here. But I had to list them here, to make this list as concise as possible.
Courses and Careers after 12th Science, Biology Group
The list starts here. The courses are not ‘ranked’. This is just a random order.
#1 MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery)
The most sought after and popular course after one completes 12th science, biology. MBBS is for those, who want to become a Doctor. I guess almost all of you know that!
But the problem with doing MBBS is that there is heavy competition involved in the admission process. The Government College seats, the most sought after one, is taken up by meritorious students and the ones who are eligible for reservations.
The admission is based on the marks scored in 12th science and entrance examination. If you want to get into a private/Government Medical College, you must have scored good scores in those exams.
Further, don’t think that just doing MBBS would suffice. To gain value and knowledge, one must also be willing to do PG (Post Graduation) course also, which again is highly competitive!
And after becoming a Doctor, it won’t be just about building a lucrative career and money! You should be ready to serve, ready to sacrifice many personal pleasures etc. The course duration is five and a half years. For more details, check this detailed article out- MBBS after 12th.
#2 Veterinary Sciences
By doing this course also, one can become a doctor. A doctor of animals, to be precise! Hey, don’t underestimate this course though! This is one of the least saturated course out there.
By less saturated, I mean, relatively, this course is opted by few students. This makes it very easy for a graduate student to get Government Job easily! Further, people are getting more and more interested in petting animals. This trend is even catching up in big cities. So, the scope of starting up your own clinic/venture also is good! Check out this detailed guide to get more details about Veterinary Science course- B.V.Sc. and AH Course.
#3 BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery)
Again, by doing this course also, you can become a Doctor. But an Ayurvedic Doctor! Ayurveda is a field, which is thriving even now. It started to grow a while back, with the boost in tourism industry.
Thanks to a booming tourism industry, Ayurveda Tourism packages have become quite popular among tourists. Many chains of Ayurvedic hospitals are raking in huge profits during the tourist season.
With Ayurveda and its benefit of having no side effects getting well known, more and more people are willing to make use of it! In India, more people are now ready to visit Ayurvedic clinics to solve their health problems.
Not only in India, it has also earned a good name abroad also. Opening up a good Ayurvedic clinic abroad isn’t a bad idea! The course duration is five and a half years. Check out this detailed article to get more details about this course- BAMS Course.
#4 BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery)
After doing this course, you can become a Dentist. Yes, you will be called a Doctor!
Like MBBS, in order to succeed and have a good career in this field, you one must be willing to do PG course also. The duration of the course is 5 years.
Compared to an MBBS Doctor, a BDS Doctor will have a bit more time to relax! The schedule won’t be as hectic as an MBBS Doctor. But this again depends on various factors like the ‘popularity’ you achieve, your work rate, skills etc. A popular dentist will have more appointments and thus have a busy time!
You may go for B Pharm Degree, followed by an M Pharmacy Degree and land a good job in Pharmaceuticals company or as a lecturer in Pharmacy colleges.
The course duration of B Pharm is 4 years and that of M Pharm is 2 years. So, doing both of them will take up 6 years to complete.
You may even apply for Government Jobs. Some examples of such jobs are- Drug Control department, Pharmacist in Government Hospitals etc.
# 6 Pharm D
Pharm D is a lot different from B Phar and M Pharm. Actually, it is a combination of B Pharm, M Pharm and MBBS!
The duration of the course is 6 years. I’ve heard that since the course is a combination of all the above mentioned courses, it is a bit difficult to study.
But, this course is opted by relatively lesser number of students. This makes the job market less crowded.
#7 B Sc
You may go for a B Sc Degree in an available discipline and follow it up by completing an M Sc degree! The job opportunities consists of fields like- teaching, research, Government Jobs, Private jobs etc.
Duration of B Sc course is 3 years and that of M Sc is 2 years. Completing both these courses will consume 5 years.
Research is a field that is less explored. There is much job scope in there. If are meritorious and passionate, then you may land a research job in Government organization or Private firm easily! Some of the well known B Sc programs available in front of Biology Group students are-
- B.Sc. Biochemistry
- B.Sc. Biology
- B.Sc. Physics
- B.Sc. Chemistry
- B.Sc. Environmental Science
- B.Sc. Biotechnology
- B.Sc. Nursing
- B.Sc. Occupational Therapy
- B.Sc. Physiotherapy
- B.Sc. Radiology
- B.Sc. Bioinformatics
- B.Sc. Anthropology
- B.Sc. Microbiology
- B.Sc. Zoology
- B.Sc. Forensic Science
- B.Sc. Agriculture
- B.Sc. Pathology
- B.Sc. Speech Therapy
- B.F.Sc. (Fisheries Science)
- B.Sc. Horticulture
- B.Sc. Genetics
- B.Sc. Health Science and Nutrition
- B.Sc. Sports Science
- B.Sc. Audiology
- B.Sc. Botany
#8 Diploma courses
I’ve heard that some institutions are offering Diploma course on subjects like ‘Hospital management’, ‘Lab management’ etc.
But I don’t have detailed information regarding these courses. If you ever happen to come across such courses and want to go for it, do check the reputation of the institute offering that course. Other than them, there also exists some other job oriented Diploma courses, which Biology Group students may pursue. Some of them are-
- Diploma in Nursing
- Diploma in Retail Management
- Diploma in Education Technology
- Diploma in Dairy Technology
- Diploma in Yoga Education
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#9 Management courses
Biology Group students are also eligible to pursue Management studies after completing 12th standard. Some of the well known management courses available for them are-
- BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration)
- BMS (Bachelor of Management Studies)
- Integrated BBA + MBA program (5 years duration)
- BHM (Bachelor of Hotel Management)
- Retail Management (Diploma)
#10 BUMS (Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery)
BUMS stands for Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery. It is a 4½ years long professional course. After completing the course, Graduate must also do an unpaid internship lasting a duration of 1 year. Thus, it takes 5½ years to complete this course!
Students who are unable to get admission in courses like MBBS, BDS and BAMS may take up this course. On completing it, they will get the tag of Doctor!
#11 BHMS (Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
BHMS stands for Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery. It is a 4½ years long course. After completing the course, students have to do an internship lasting a period of 1 year. Thus, in total, this course takes 5½ years to complete. BHMS course focuses on the principles of Homeopathic medicine system.
Students unable to secure admission in courses like MBBS, BDS and BAMS may take up BHMS course. After completing this course, successful Graduates will get the tag of Doctor.
#12 Integrated Law course
Biology Group students are also eligible to pursue Law Education after 12th. LL.B. course can be pursued as a PG course only. But right after 12th, students may pursue Law education through Integrated Law courses! Some well known Integrated Law programs available in front of Biology Group students are-
- B.Sc. + LL.B.
- B.Com. + LL.B.
- BBA + LL.B.
#13 Bachelor of Physiotherapy
This course is also known by the short name- BPT. This is a highly job oriented course. The course duration is 4 years. After completing the course, Graduates will also have to do an internship lasting a period of 6 months. In total, this course will take 4½ years to complete.
After completing the course, Graduates will be able to find a job in sectors like- Gyms, Clinics, Schools & Colleges, Sport Teams and Organizations etc. One may also start own private Physiotherapy practice.
#14 BASLP (Bachelor of Audiology Speech Language Pathology)
BASLP is a course that focuses on Audiology, hearing disorders, auditory systems, speech language therapy, hearing implants etc. It is a 4 years long course. After completing the course, Graduates will have to do a 1 year long Internship program. Thus, in total, it takes 5 years to complete this course.
After completing the course, Graduates will be able to find a job in the following sectors- marketing of hearing implants, rehabilitation clinics (for people suffering from hearing disorders), Clinics and Hospitals, Special Schools and Educational Institutes (for children suffering from hearing disorders) and Hearing aid manufacturing industries.
#15 Bachelor of Occupational therapy
BOT (Bachelor of Occupational Therapy) is a 4½ years long Undergraduate level medical course. This course focuses on the discipline of Occupational Therapy.
Occupational Therapy deals with patients having physical, mental, emotional and neurological limitations. It aims at improving the life, condition and rehabilitation of such handicapped and limited people through different modes of treatments such as- exercises, functional training, aiding devices and equipment, ergonomic training and environmental restructuring & adaptation.
#16 Paramedical courses
In India, paramedical courses are available in the following formats –
- Degree courses
- Diploma courses
- Certificate courses
Looking from job prospects’ point of view, pursuing Degree and Diploma paramedical courses will be a good idea. Some of the well known paramedical courses are –
- MLT courses
- Radiography courses
- OTT courses
- Audiology and Speech Therapy courses
- Optometry courses
- Speech Therapy courses
#17 Other Degree and Diploma courses
Here are some more Degree and Diploma courses, which 12th Science (Biology Group) students may pursue after completing board examination-
- B Social Work
- Mass Communication and Journalism
- Animation and Multimedia
- Performing Arts
- Language Courses (Foreign Languages are promising)
- Diploma in Retail Management
- Diploma in Education Technology
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- Diploma in Hotel Management
- Air Hostess/Cabin Crew training course
- Diploma in Event Management
- Diploma in Film making and Video Editing
- B.El.Ed. (Bachelor of Elementary Education, 4 years long course)
- Diploma in Elementary Education
- B.P.Ed. (Bachelor of Physical Education)
- Primary Teachers Training course (can follow it up B.Ed.)
- Bachelor of Fashion Design and Technology
- Bachelor of Fashion Communication
Various institutes offers such courses suited for biology students. Before getting admission into one, make sure that the institute is recognized by the authorities.