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Subject: What is the scope of clinical research in india after BDS?
Date: 8-Aug-2008
Question: i am just completing my internship and preparing for MDS... but everywhere huge money is being demanded. what will be the career prospects in clinical research after BDS. What is the initial package and which institutes are offering this course where placement can be good?
Answer: Clinical research is all set to become the next big thing in India. A large population with a substantial workforce and cost benefits influence multinationals to set up research facilities here. Besides due to the prevalence of a large variety of diseases, including widespread cases of cancer and diabetes India is viewed the world over as the ideal location for clinical research trials for the pharmaceutical industry.

As the number of clinical projects expands and the requirement per project increases, large number of qualified personnel will be needed to handle the industry needs. The Clinical Research field will require the following professionals in the near future.There are 2,50,000 vacancies available worldwide 50,000 job openings in India by 2010.There would be highest remuneration packages owing to the shortage of skilled professionals. Freshers can expect a pay packet of around three lakhs or more per annum. If you have a master's degree backing your qualifications, then the amount is almost double.

Clinical research is an industry where experience counts, thus the longer you are in this field; higher the salary you can expect.

Since you have done BDS you can work as a:

  • Principal Investigator
  • Co-investigator
  • Medical Advisor
  • Drug Developer
  • Regulatory Affairs Manager or
  • Clinical Research Physician
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