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Students often bemoan the lack of interesting career options in India. But check things out before you complain! These creative new courses will prepare you for careers in fields you may not even have heard of.
Do you enjoy capturing and framing various shades of life through a lens? If you want to give a professional touch to a budding photographer inside you, this is the right story for you. We have added up every aspect for a career in photography.
What is Photography?
Photography is considered as one of the most creative forms of art. For many photography is a hobby, but to build a career as a photographer, one needs to have great amount of zeal and passion.
Photography as a career is not just clicking pictures. A photographer blends his technical expertise with high artistic side and inherent talent to capture images that tell a story, elicit emotions or record certain events.
Scope for a Photographer/ Photography as profession
With the exponential boom in visual media industry, which includes communication networks, advertising sector, print media,electronic media, fashion industry, films and television, a well-trained photographer is in demand. So choosing photography as a career option is definitely worth your while.
Photographers can work in various fields but most often choose a specific ground to specialize in. Photographers can work for a company or freelance, they can find assignments with networking, advertising, commercial or even non-commercial clients. Some photographers also choose to teach or conduct workshops in photography.
Like everything else, photography has gone digital, most photographers use digital cameras instead of traditional film cameras. Digital photography helps photographers create a situation in the photograph which is unlike the original scenario. With the advancement in image editing software, photography has reached new heights.
Let us learn more about the different types of photography/ photographers
According to the specialisation, there are various types of photographers you come across today, here is a list of the different types of photographers as per their choice of photography:
Portrait photographers: are those who take pictures of people and events. They specialise in events like wedding and meetings along with religious ceremonies, school photographs or any other involving a person or group of people. They are likely to travel to the venue of the event for their job.
Photojournalists: They work for media channels, newspapers, magazines. They are hired on commission to provide photos of people, place, events, fit for media. They usually provide still photographs and also record video of dramatic action through their lens.
Commercial photographers: Such photography includes pictures of subjects like buildings, merchandise, models, artifacts, landscape and others. These photographs are taken on location which are used in advertising, engineering projects, and supplement analyses.
Scientific photographers: They shoot to prepare photographic content for scientific publications and research projects. They are usually seen covering areas of engineering, medicine, biology and chemistry.
Aerial photographers: As the name suggests, aerial photography involves taking pictures of places, building, landscapes, natural disasters, war or similar situations from aircrafts. Such photographers may find employment in news/media, industries, business, scientific or even military purposes.
Wildlife photographers: They capture the essence and life of nature, wildlife, birds, their habitats through their lens. Such photographers have patience, and keen observation skills.
Food photographers: They work alongside food manufacturers, restaurants, and others related to the food industry.
Fashion photographers: The clientèle of fashion photographers vary from designers, models, journals, newspapers, houses, clothes, shoes, and many more. They are aware of the fashion industry, their trends, moods and locations. They can find work anywhere from studio and on locations also.
What are the educational requirements to become a professional photographer?
Formal education is not a necessity to become a photographer by profession, however, a technically trained photographer always has an upper hand and can demand a higher salary package.
The love for cameras, frames, lights and subject to picture along with slight technical skills can lead you to attain a lucrative career in photography.
One can always take formal education in photography at colleges/universities, this will fine tune your skills. Such courses will help you become exceptional.
There are many colleges that provide a degree in photography. Interested candidates can also take up online courses that offer courses and degrees/certificates in photography.
Some specialised careers may require additional coursework such as a fashion photographer may want to study fashion, an aspiring photojournalist need to take some classes in journalism and likewise.
Some of the institutes in India that offer courses in photography are:
· Fergusson College, Pune University, Pune
· Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad
· Jiwaji University, Gwalior
· Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi
· Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur
· Sri Venkateswara University, Andhra Pradesh
· University of Allahabad, Allahabad
· University of Gorakhpur, Gorakhpur
How much does a professional photographer earn?
A professional photographer earns anywhere in between 1.25 lakhs to 12.50 lakhs per annum. Salary depends on experience and choice of specialisation chosen in the field of photography. Salary also varies based on the place you are working in and the creativity you bring along with your experience.
2. BACHELORS OF RURAL STUDIES
Want to work in the heart of India? This course is for you. It is based on a range of disciplines necessary for understanding and improving life in rural India like, farm management, forestry, agriculture, child development, environment management, etc.
Indian society is as complex as it is difficult to fathom, and there are both rural and urban sides of that coin. To understand the various layers of this country, it’s important to explore the rural side as well, and this course is a really good start. The syllabus covers a range of topics such as animal husbandry, forestry, farm management, child development, agriculture, environment management and, community development. Post the course, the ideal step forward would be to apply for jobs in various government, public and private organizations that work for rural issues, or with an NGO working with similar subjects. And with this being such a crucial subject for Indians to learn about, a lot of different colleges across Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh offer similar courses as well.
Places to Study: Bhavnagar University in Gujarat offers both a Bachelors and Masters in Rural Studies. Colleges in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh also offer the course.
3. DISASTER MANAGEMENT
What is the Disaster Management Course About:
The course focuses on the the causes of disasters and and how to minimise their impact.The course enables student to learn different areas of disaster management, which includes management of the situation, response to the needs of the people and the area, evacuation process, distribution of food and medical care for the injured people.
During the course student will be introduced to environmental systems, ?eld operations and organisational management, and as Disaster Management.
There are number of universities and institutes offering certificate, undergraduate, post graduate, PG Diploma and Research degree.
Who Can Pursue the Course?
Requirements for courses in disaster management varies according to the institution and the course they have introduced in the university. Before taking admission check with the institutions what grades and qualification you want pursue before you submit the application.
- Students from any streams are eligible to join the course.
- Candidate should have passed Higher Secondary Certificate Examination (10+2) with minimum of 55% marks .to pursue the certificate and bachelor course
For PG Programmes: Candidate should hold graduation in any field from any recognised institute or a University.
For Ph.D: Candidate should have minimum of 55% marks in the Post Graduation
Courses Offered in the Field:
- Emergency planning procedures
- Hazards, risks and disasters
- Technological development, environmental and sustainable development
- Law and management fundamentals
- Political, international and social issues
- Roles of key agencies
- Relief co-ordination and planning
- Field skills
- Disaster theory, statistics and logistics
- Disaster mitigation, preparedness and response
- Earth catastrophes, fire and explosion
- Physical, psychological and social reconstruction of disaster-affected communities
Top Colleges Offer UG/PG/Other Courses in Disaster Management:
- Indira Gandhi National Open University (New Delhi)
- University of North Bengal (Darjeeling)
- International Centre of Madras University (University of Madras)
- Mahatma Gandhi University (Kottayam)
- Disaster Management Institute (Bhopal)
- Centre for Disaster Management (Maharashtra)
- The National Civil Defense College (Nagpur)
- National Institute Of Disaster Management (Delhi).
There are good employment opportunities the government as well as in private organizations.
Opportunities in Government agencies:
Employment opportunities are offered in the disaster management departments of government agencies such as: Fire departments, drought management departments, law enforcement authorities, relief agencies etc and Insurance companies, industries in the high-risk fields like chemicals, mining, and petroleum which have their own disaster management cells.
- Jobs can also be available in the public sector.
- Various opportunities are also offered in the fields of teaching, research, consultancy, documentation, training organizer, field training and mock driller expert.
- One can serve as social workers, engineers, medical health experts, environmental experts, rehabilitation workers, etc.
- NGOs and International organizations such as World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB), United Nations Organisations (UNO), Red Cross, UNESCO offer various opportunities for professionally trained disaster management professionals
- Graduates in disaster management can start their own consultancy
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Government and non-government organisations have their own salary packages, which is based on the industry standards
- At an entry level, one can earn around Rs 8,000 - Rs 10,000 per month
- Candidates with 2 or 3 year's experience can easily earn between Rs 15,000 - 20,000 per month
- Well experienced candidates can draw up to Rs 1,50,000 per month
Here are some organisations that offer jobs in the disaster management:
- National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi
- SAARC Disaster Management Centre, NIDM Building, New Delhi
- National Disaster Management Authority, Near Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi
- Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), Indraprastha Estate, Ring Road, New Delhi
- India Meteorological Department, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
- Centre of Disaster Management, HCMRIPA, JLN Marg, Jaipur
- Haryana Institute of Public Administration (HIPA), Gurgaon
- Ambedkar Institute of Public Administration, Chandigarh
- Shri Krishna Institute of Public Administration, Ranchi
- G.B.Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Nainital, Uttarakhand
- Disaster Management Centre, Bhopal
- Disaster Mitigation Institute, Ahmedabad
- Centre for Disaster Management,
- Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University, Kashmeri Gate, Delhi
- Indian Agriculture Research Institute (ICAR), New Delhi
- Indian Red Cross Society, New Delhi and States Units
4. CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Clinical Psychology is a branch of Psychology. The subject focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders.
The specialised discipline mainly deals with the psychoanalytic approaches or child and adolescent treatment modalities.
Eligibility Criteria to Study Clinical Psychology
Clinical Psychology as a subject can be pursued at post graduate level for a duration of 2 years.
Candidates who have passed three years Bachelor Degree with Psychology as a subject are eligible to pursue the course.
Candidates who have completed M. A or M. Sc in the subject can pursue Ph. D and M. Phil.
Various universities and institutions across the country offer post graduate, Ph.D and M.Phil programme. Diploma and certificate courses are also offered at several institutes.
Scope and Career in Clinical Psychology
Professionals in this field are called as clinical psychologists. Clinical psychologists work for medical organisations and they are not doctors.
Clinical psychologists provide psychotherapy, psychological testing, and diagnosis of mental illness. Psychologist are generally trained within four primary theoretical orientations, psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral (CBT), and systems or family therapy.
The subject offer wide range of career opportunities. Clinical psychologists usually work in hospitals, academic institutions, counselling and rehabilitation centres. They can also establish private consultation firms.
Professional psychologist can expect Rs 8,000/- to Rs 13,000/- in an government organisation while private sector offer Rs 40,000/-. The academic institutions and NGOs offer upto Rs 10,000/-.
While in U.K the wages for clinical psychologists range from £28,313 to £37,326 per year. Senior clinical psychologists can expect to earn between £36,112 and £43,335.
College offer Clinical Psychology Course
- Amity University, Manesar
- CMJ University, Shillong
- Christ University, Bangalore
- Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidalaya, Haridwar
- Geetanjali Medical College and Hospital, Udaipur
- Geetanjali University, Udaipur
- Himalayan University, Itanagar
- Jain Vishva Bharati University, Rajasthan
- Kuvempu University, Shimoga
- Mumbai Institute of Information Technology, Mumbai
- Prajyoti Niketan College, Kerala
- Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture Technology and Sciences, Allahabad
- Sri Ramachandra University, Tamil Nadu
- St Agnes College, Mangalore
- University of Calicut, Calicut, Kerala
- Wadihuda Institute of Research and Advanced Studies, Kannur, Kerala
5. ETHICAL HACKING
The word 'hacking' gives one jitters since a hacker breaks into one's computer system and steals or manipulates all the confidential data, for example, bank account details, email account passwords, corrupting important files on the system through bugs or viruses, etc. The list is endless but what we see above are the most vulnerable areas and hackers feast on them whenever they get an opportunity. Since we are heavily dependent on internet from sharing important official files to posting pictures of personal life, hackers have made internet their hub of illegal operations. Yesterday, there was a news about hacking several Google and Yahoo accounts.
Hacking is a clear and present danger which needs to be brought under control in order to prevent the irreversible damage being caused to millions of people. Imagine you are tagged in an indecent post on your Facebook wall and all your friends as well as relatives get to see that post; it sure is the most embarrassing situation, sometimes leading to serious consequences.
Is There A Solution?
Yes. There is a solution to pull the reins of these hackers. The hackers we are dealing with are just like ghosts - no identity and no evident traces. They can be categorized as unethical hackers as they break the privacy policies of internet usage without any hesitation. The unethical hackers use the ever advancing technology for their personal gain. Recently, there is another set of hackers that is gaining popularity and they are called as 'Ethical Hackers'.
What Is Ethical Hacking?
Ethical hacking, as the name itself suggests, is a type of hacking practiced in order to prevent unethical hacking. Now, that is what we call as tit for tat. Ethical hacking has brought hacking in news for the right reasons. A company or a person performs ethical hacking to find out if there are any threats on a computer or network. Ethical hacking helps to avoid threats to a system security and identify vulnerable factors that can be easily manipulated by an unethical hacker. However, an ethical hacker too has to follow certain rules to carry out his functions:
- Obtain a written permission to dig into a particular network and find out the security threats.
- Function without disturbing the privacy of a company or an individual
- Close all the ethical hacking related works in order to keep them out of reach of malicious hands
- Inform the concerned software or hardware maker if you come across any security threats in a company's software or hardware. This can save many important data of that company and help it take necessary measures to avoid threats in future.
Since the time cyber crime hit the world of internet, hacking became its notorious companion. There is no doubt that the havoc hacking has been wreaking throughout the world is unpardonable. Hence, many people are against encouraging 'ethical hacking'. For them, hackers or cyber criminals will remain so forever and their job can never be considered ethical. They question the moral responsibility of these ethical hackers who get to probe a network and private data of a company or an individual. The critics see no guarantee of ethical conduct from hackers when they have all the private information at their disposal.
A Tough Yet Excellent Career Opportunity
The criticism hurled at hackers is not easy to tackle but taking hacking to a new level and translating its image into an ethical one is an uphill task; at the same time, it is an interesting opportunity towards a unique career. Hackers are not always harmful and as mentioned earlier, there is a new set of hackers who are prepared to solve the issue of cyber crime. These anti-illegal hacking individuals are lending aid to several organizations in curbing threats to their software and hardware and build a strong security system.
Become A Certified Ethical Hacker
International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) provides certification in Ethical Hacking. Aspirants will need to attend an exam where they will be given 4 hours to solve 125 multiple choice questions. Apart from this council, there are many authorized centres that provide training in ethical hacking.
Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology (Bsc. with specialisation in IT, Computer Science, etc.) or an advanced diploma in Network Security.
A fresher can earn around 3.6 lakh per annum and a highly qualified and experienced ethical hacker can earn upto 30 lakh per annum
List Ethical Hacking Institutes
NAME OF INSTITUTES WEBSITES
- Extreme Hacking : Institute For Ethical Hacking
Course and Ethical Hacking Training in Pune - India https://www.extremehacking.org/
- Indian School Of Ethical Hacking https://www.isoeh.com/
- Hacker School https://www.hackerschool.in/
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- Best Ethical Hacking Training Institute in Ahmedabad http://www.pristineinfo.in/
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- Cyber Security Course Institute In Surat http://www.cybersecurityindia.in/
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- Arizona Infotech https://www.arizonainfotech.com/
- Ethical Hacking Course in Chennai- JoinFita
- infySEC http://infysec.com/training/courses/certified-ethical-cracker
- Pristine InfoSolutions http://www.pristineinfo.com/
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Puppetry is an ancient art form and an important medium of education in India and many parts of South East Asia. Several stage shows and performances have helped in putting the spotlight on puppetry. The art form is used for education and entertainment and is growing in popularity.
Places to Study: Conducted by renowned puppeteer Meena Naik, Mumbai University offers a course.
Calcutta Puppet Theatre is also starting to offer courses in all theoretical and practical aspects.
Job Prospects: Join one of the many regional or international Puppet theatres, or set up as an entrepreneur.
7. Tea tasting
What could be better than tasting awesome teas and getting paid for it? Working as a tea sommelier can be high paying if you get the right opportunity. You can get a starting salary of 50, 000 per month in a five star hotel. The sommelier not only tastes the tea but also gives advice, does branding, and has a good knowledge of cultivation and manufacturing.
Enjoy tea time all day as a tea sommelier for hotels and consumer companies. A sommelier doesn’t just taste tea, but also needs to have a good knowledge of cultivation, manufacturing, branding and business.
Places to Study: There are many places that offer courses in tea tasting, marketing and management, both degree and diploma: Dipras Institue of Professional Studies, Indian Institute of Plantation Management Bangalore, the Tea Research Association and the Tea Tasters Academy.
Job Prospects: The starting salary of tea sommeliers is Rs 50,000 per month and goes up with experience.
The study of the social, psychological and biological aspects of aging, it focuses on physical, mental and social changes in people as they grow old. A popular course abroad, a bachelor’s degree in India also offers many opportunities.
Places to Study:
- Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai ,
- ,TISS & Institute of Home Economics, New Delhi.
- Calcutta Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology
Job Prospects: Many private companies, healthcare agencies, old age homes and nursing homes look for specialists in this field.
9. MUSEOLOGY/MUSEUM STUDIES
As the name suggests, it is the study of museums and their role in society. It offers you the knowledge of managing museums and museum collections. The course is connected to Archaeology and one needs to have a good knowledge of history and culture to opt for this profession.
Places to Study: National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology, New Delhi offers various courses in this field.
Job Prospects: Become a museum curator, appraiser or auctioneer of antique items.
10. FOOD TECHNOLOGY
If you’re passionate about food, and live to eat instead of eat to live, food technology is right up your alley. This course that was developed to cater to the need for skilled hands in the nascent industry of food processing. Here, you would analyse the chemical, physical and microbiological makeup of food when it is processed, preserved, packaged and stored so that you can work towards improvising methods to improve quality. Post graduation, the career scope would explore food processing industries, research laboratories, hotels, soft drink factories, quality control, rice mills, manufacturing industries, and even distilleries.
Places to Study:
- Lovely Professional University, Punjab;
- SRM: Department of Food Process Engineering, Ghaziabad, UP
- Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore.
11. GARDENING PROGRAMME
For those with a green thumb, the University of Mumbai offers two courses on gardening – Nursery and Farm House Management, and the Garden Craft course for small and ornamental gardens. While the first course is in Marathi, the second one is available in both Marathi and English. Run by the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies of Mumbai University, both of these short-term courses will help you understand the nuances of growing different varieties of plants and the best suitable conditions for them. While the Nursery and Farm House Management leans towards horticulture, Garden Craft is more about aesthetics.
Places to Study: Mumbai University, Mumbai
For all those pumped with adrenaline at just the thought of trekking, rock climbing and other similar activities, enrolling yourself in the mountaineering course at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) might give you everything you want from life. HMI Darjeeling, JIM Pahalgam, ITBP training Auli, MAS Manali and SGMI, Gangtok, are some of the other universities that provide the same. There are mainly two levels of training – basic and advanced – and after completing these two phases, you can go on to become an instructor, or you can take up a career in mountaineering and allied sports.
Places to Study: National Institute of Mountaineering
13. SPA MANAGEMENT
Everyone single person, at some point or the other, has experienced stress, which can lead to various serious health-related problems if it escalates. Spas are the haven that relieve that stress, and help you relax your mind and body, and causing that kind of peace for another person is an art that can be learnt. A spa management training institute will teach you all that you need to know, in terms of being a good masseuse as well as helping prospective owners and developers understand the business.