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Entomology : Job Prospects & Career Options

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Wide spectrum of career prospects are available for those who have completed their course in Entomology. Entomologists can be considered as the revolutionary scientific researchers involved in different fields related to insects and agriculture. Their work profile involves with the study, classification, life cycle, distribution, physiology, behavior, habitats, ecology and population dynamics of insects. So entomologists must possess a thorough knowledge in the fields of horticulture, genetics, physiology, forestry and microbiology. Entomologists should be familiar with the scientific methods and steps, including preparing records, presenting information, data and conclusions. 

Entomologists can specialize on a particular area and pursue their career in that field. Further, they can specialise in a single order or a specific family of insects. Depending upon the areas, some of the classifications of entomologists are : 

As entomology has a bearing on agriculture, biology, chemistry, criminology, forensic science, ecology, economics, food, forestry, genetics, health, trade, pharmaceuticals, robotics, veterinary medicine etc. a professional in this field can find a plethora of career options. Professionals with high educational qualification tends to have more employment opportunities in this field.

Teaching, scientific research and technical positions with colleges and universities, experiment stations, government agencies, military services, private and industrial organizations are some of opportunities available for an entomology professional. Entomologists are required for apiculture, sericulture and many other areas related to the study of insects. Openings are there in museums, botanical gardens, pest control companies, environment protection organizations, chemical manufacturing companies, forestry and so on. Health-care organizations, genetics, beekeeping, veterinary science, horticulture, food science and many areas of environmental studies need the valuable services of entomologists. Opportunities are also available in firms like fertilizer companies, seed companies, insecticides or pesticides companies, biofertilizer companies and biological control base companies. Entomologists can also pursue their own individual research and conduct their own study. They can take classes to help farmers learn to remove harmful bugs from their crops without spraying pesticides that can be harmful to humans.

Some of the works areas in the field of entomology are : 

Scientific Research and development 
Research and development organizations in private and public sector offer career opportunities to the entomologists. Entomologists with advanced degrees can work as scientific researchers for universities or businesses. Research might be based on how insects spread disease or how bugs infest houses. Researchers might study why some insects help crops, while others harm food supplies. Indian Institute of Horticultural Research is a government research organization, which offers Senior Research Fellowship to entomologists. Forest Research Institute, Dehra Dun, Institute of Social Forestry and Eco-rehabilitation, Allahabad, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, etc offer job openings for entomologists in research. Research Associate, Research Scientist, Research Analyst, Field Biologist, Junior Research Fellow etc. are some of the jobs available for entomologists in the research field. Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) also employ entomologists who have research experience. 

Law Enforcement
Law enforcement agencies, the Armed Forces, environmental monitoring services, quarantine and other regulatory agencies appoint entomologists to help investigate crimes. Named as Forensic entomologists, they study bugs at crime scenes to help determine the cause and time of a death, as well as the possibility that a body was moved after death. They also work as consultants for coroners, lawyers and medical examiners.

Pest Control
Entomologists can find openings in the agricultural field which deals with the control of harmful insects. Insects play both beneficial and harmful roles in agriculture. In order to overwhelm the harmful insects, entomologists study about these infinitely varied creatures and direct their research towards finding ways to control or eliminate them. Instead of using deadly poisons in the crop, they develop several ways to trap insects or to sterilize them so that they cannot reproduce. Thus they help to develop crops that are insect resistant as well harmless to consumers. They may work with chemicals or repellents in pest management. Pest control specialists can work as independent consultants or for agribusiness companies or the central government. 

Highly qualified entomologists with at least a post graduate or doctoral degree in Entomology are absorbed in various educational institutions as professors and teachers in Entomology.

Entomology : Remuneration

Remuneration of Entomologists can vary greatly due to industrial standards, education, experience, location and the kind of job. A fresher can expect a monthly salary of Rs.10,000 or more in any private or related organization. Entomologists in government sectors can earn about Rs.30, 000/- per month. Entomologists in the research field get relatively higher salary ranging from Rs.15, 000/- to Rs.20, 000/- per month. A research associate with PhD degree can get a pay scale ranging from Rs.35, 000/- to Rs.40,000/- per month. Professor and Associate Professor can get salary ranging from Rs.38,000/- to Rs.67,000/- . Assistant Professors can get salary of Rs. 25,000/- to Rs.40,000/-. After 3 years service their salary increases.


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