Wondered about those tiny little organisms that live inside your body, and live out their lives by getting their food through you? No? Well, they do. Believe it or not, there can be around 100 kinds of parasites that can cause parasitic diseases in the human body. Not just humans, parasites find its host in almost every other organism, and derive the nutrients that they require. Scary isn't it?

Well, there are people doing something about it, and their profession revolves around the same field. Parasitology is a field of biology which involves the study of organisms that feed on other organisms, in which they live. Professionals, who take up this interesting area of study and occupation, are called Parasitologists.

Many different career options exist within the field of parasitology because parasites affect the world in so many ways. Rewarding careers await parasitologists with interests in medicine and public health. Veterinary parasitologists play vital roles in controlling diseases of domestic animals. Agriculture and aquaculture are dependent upon parasitologists to assist in providing plant and animal food for an increasing human population.

How to become a Parasitologist?

Students who are planning to follow a career in parasitology will have to choose the science stream and qualify the 10+2 examination or its equivalent, with the focus on biology, chemistry, and physics. For Bachelors course, one can either take up an undergraduate course in parasitology or continue their B.Sc in biology or chemistry.

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