How much can I make in a Career in Conservation Genetics?

Published By Rakshanda Tiwari, 22 Aug 2019

Career in Conservation Genetics
I am very curious about a Career in Conservation Genetics. I want to first understand What a Career in Conservation Genetics entails before I invest time and effort to figure out How to start a Career in Conservation Genetics. My research about a Career in Conservation Genetics became a lot more meaningful when I found: 

Dr S K Gupta's outlook!

Dr S K Gupta is an experienced professional with 16 years & 7 months in Conservation Genetics. Dr S K Gupta has worked in Conservation Genetics as Scientist E in Wildlife Institute of India. In Dr S K Gupta's own words, this is how Dr S K Gupta got into Conservation Genetics: "After completing B Sc in Botany, Zoology & Chemistry, I did Masters in Biotechnology from Meerut. Post that, I did Ph D in Wildlife Science from Saurashtra University. After that, I then worked as a Scientist at Dr Surapaneni Genomic Solutions for 2 years. I joined Wildlife Institute of India in 2008 as a Scientist C and am now I am a Scientist E." I wanted to know more about Dr S K Gupta and found this profile: 

Career Video on Conservation Genetics

In a video, Dr S K Gupta has talked about various aspects of a Career in Conservation Genetics. Dr S K Gupta started by explaining Conservation Genetics as: "Conservation genetics is an interdisciplinary subfield of Population Genetics that aims to understand the dynamics of genes in populations principally to avoid extinction. Therefore, it applies genetic methods to the conservation and restoration of biodiversity." It was a very interesting video and I enjoyed watching it.
I found the video unique because it talked about Education in terms of things which can be learnt from books, to excel at a Career in Conservation Genetics and not as a list of Qualifications, which one needs to get into Conservation Genetics. Dr S K Gupta touches upon these in the Education section of the Video:

  • Zoology

  • Life Sciences

  • Molecular Biology

  • Biotechnology

  • Genetics

Sills and success goes hand in hand. One needs to get a hold of essential skills.
Dr S K Gupta then explains why these Skills are essential for a Career in Conservation Genetics:

  • Sample Collection

  • Computer Skills

  • Communication Skills

  • Report Writing & Research

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction

  • DNA Isolation

  • Laboratory Procedure

  • Molecular Genetics

There are great positives of this Career.
Dr S K Gupta believes that the following are some of the Positives of a Career in Conservation Genetics:

  • Contribution to Conservation

  • Practical Exposure

  • Opportunity for Research & Exploration

  • Interesting Branch of Science

There are a few Challenges in this Career which one needs to be cognizant of.
And, Dr S K Gupta believes that one needs to prepare for following Challenges of a Career in Conservation Genetics:

  • Relying on Non-Invasive Samples

  • Timely Suggestions

  • Bringing New Ideas

  • Competition

In the final section of the video Dr S K Gupta talks about How a day goes in a Career in Conservation Genetics. This video is by far the best video on a Career in Conservation Genetics, that I have ever come across. To see the full Talk, one needs to install the LifePage Career Talks App. Here is a direct deep link of the Video:

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