Done with your MSc? Let's take a look at the career opportunities it has for you

  • By Christy J. Varghese
  • 15 April 2022
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After completing an MSc programme, there are a number of specialisations for an individual to pursue. The opportunities range from medicine to the petrochemical and polymer industry. There is the possibility of becoming a researcher in top organisations such as BARC, ISRO, CSIR etc. Both the public and private sectors provide a host of both technical and non-technical posts.

For those interested in further pursuing studies, pursuing a doctorate degree, masters in philosophy or a postdoctoral degree is also an option.

MSc Industries

Generally, MSc degree holders specialise in a particular field. They can move into various jobs according to their studied field. Some of these fields include:

  • Education Industry 
  • Defense
  • Automotive and Aerospace Industry
  • Healthcare
  • Energy
  • Information Technology

Job Opportunities after MSc

A number of organisations offer opportunities to MSc graduates in various departments. Some of them are

  • Medical and Testing Laboratories
  • Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Firms
  • Food Research Institutes
  • Agricultural Research Organisations
  • Wildlife and Fishery Departments
  • Government and Private Schools and Colleges

Jobs after MSc: Specialisation Wise

The education sector is one that has a high demand for MSc graduates. As a lecturer, one has the opportunity to impart knowledge gained in the desired pedagogy. Lecturers are responsible for creating the course material, curricula, and lesson plans to ensure that the students get the best learning experience possible.

There is a massive demand for research professionals for companies that solve highly complex business problems. These researchers are responsible for the collection and analysis of data.

For those who have completed an MSc degree in the core fields of science such as Physics, Chemistry, and Maths, the jobs that are available are not limited to research and education. Since the course equips one with knowledge in programming, modelling and simulation, the opportunities that are available in Information Technology are open for exploration.

Pursuing an MSc degree in psychology has been gaining a lot of traction lately, and the jobs for those with this degree are probably the most diverse. Government offices hire for positions that involve knowledge in rehabilitation, counselling, human resource analysis, and social service management. Many of these positions are entry-level, but they can be a great way to gain experience and determine if you might be interested in pursuing a doctorate in clinical or counselling psychology. For those with knowledge in research and statistics, private corporations are constantly on the lookout for market researchers, HR managers, employee trainers, and project managers as psychology graduates tend to have strong interpersonal and written communication skills.

Another popular specialisation for those with an MSc degree is in the field of pharmacy. The core jobs in the field of production, quality control, regulatory affairs, and research are niche for them, and opportunities abound as India is a major producer of global pharmaceutical products.

Career Benefits after MSc

The advantage of those with an MSc degree is the niche opportunities available other than those in the private sector, which are open to all.  The industries which are involved in science are under the monopoly of those with MSc degrees.

For those who wish to pursue a career outside the field of science, the rigour of the degree gives one the analytical and psychological bent to succeed in other sectors like technology and management.

Skills required for MSc Graduates

Although MSc graduates take up both technical and non-technical posts, there are certain skills that they must possess to succeed. They include

  • The ability to explain complex ideas using logical reasoning, rational thinking, and analytical skills to ascertain the pros/cons of alternate solutions.
  • A scientific and analytical approach and problem-solving skills using lateral/logical thinking.
  • Judgment and decision-making skills wherein considering the related costs/benefits of potential actions and selecting the right one.
  • Self-motivation to succeed while working remotely, manage one’s schedule and collaborate using a range of communication tools.

Factors to consider before taking a job after Msc

Some of the psychological facets required for a person with an MSc degree before taking a job in a specific field are:

  • High energy levels and the ability to motivate and manage oneself
  • To be systematic, methodical, and pay attention to detail
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Ability to prioritise work and manage workload including the ability to work under pressure

Salary offered to Msc Graduates

Post completion of an MSc course, science aspirants have diverse opportunities to pursue. Being a globally recognised programme, there are numerous job prospects in India and abroad, depending on the specialisation which the student has studied. There are plenty of opportunities both in the private and the public sector, as well as in the education and research sector. Some of the key job profiles that students can get after completion of the MSc degree are

Job Type Job Description Average Salary in Rs LPA (Freshers(LPA) to Experienced)
Manager/Executive (Senior/Assistant/Junior) Planning, leading, and management of the operations of a business unit/division/department within an organisation. 3-15
Research Assistant Designing, carrying out, and studying information acquired from controlled laboratory-based investigations and experiments 3-6
Laboratory Technician Working as skilled scientists to carry out tests that detect the presence/absence of diseases. 2.25-5
Food and Drug Inspector Ensuring that food/pharmaceuticals at various stages of the production process meet quality standards and are safe for human intake. 2-10
Chemical Analyst Collecting data about the chemical substance compositions and processes, and communicating this data through the mediums of engineering/mathematics/science. 2.6-9.90
Professor Teaching, and guiding students about the specific courses and their specialisations. Supporting and assisting students with their research and study 2.50-8
Junior Research Fellow Conducting research and research-related developmental activities, publishing scientific works and their outcomes among others. 2-5
Biochemist Making medicines to fight different illnesses. Analysing DNA, molecules, and enzymes to research the impacts of food and drugs on biological processes 3.20-7.50 
Mathematician Uses advanced concepts and methods of Mathematics to develop and comprehend mathematical principles and solve real-world problems in government/business/engineering/social sciences. 3-7 
Scientist Engages in a systematic activity to acquire knowledge that defines and envisages the natural world. 6-20

Top Recruiters for Msc

The following are the top companies that hire MSc students for a professional career in a relative field:

Technical Recruiters

  • FSSAI - Food Safety and Standards Authority of India
  • Biocon
  • Bharat Serums and Vaccines
  • Novozymes
  • Sun Pharma
  • ICAR - Indian Centre for Agricultural Research, CSIR  - Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Institutes

Non-Technical Recruiters

  • Oracle 
  • Wipro
  • Infosys

Popular Cities that offer lucrative Jobs to Msc Graduates

  • Bengaluru
  • Chennai
  • Mumbai
  • Pune
  • Delhi

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