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18 Undervalued but Highly Rewarding Career Options You Must Consider!

Aug 2, 2017 10:03 IST
18 Undervalued but Highly Rewarding Career Options You Must Consider!
18 Undervalued but Highly Rewarding Career Options You Must Consider!

It is OK to live a life that others don’t understand

Just because the career you choose doesn’t fits in the ideal image of society doesn’t mean that you can’t be a path-breaker. If you have the right skills to achieve the pinnacle in life, you must take up unique career options that remain unexplored and yet offer wonderful salary.

You might be the next person on the list of the top celebrities consider you choose a distinct career option to earn a fame and wealth both in life. Let our talent speak about your personality and read about these 18 Undervalued but Highly Rewarding Career Options in India.

1. Sound Engineering

Sound technicians, audio engineers, and music mixers are a few names by which people will recognize you when you take up this career field. If you enjoy listening to the music then get ready to work on the technical aspects of the sound now! When joining this domain as a career you must prepare to get the right microphones in place and work with complex electronic equipment to generate music, dialogue, sound effects to the highest quality. 

Education Required: To become a sound engineer, you need to have a background of PCM in 10+2 level and thereafter you can pursue engineering (any stream) in graduation/Diploma (3 year) in Sound engineering.

Top Colleges: Here is a list of top 5 institutes that are best for pursuing a degree in Sound Engineering domain.

  1. ZEE Institute of Media Arts (ZIMA) Mumbai
  2. National Institute of Film and Fine Arts NIFFA, Kolkata
  3. Government Film & Television Institute in Bangalore
  4. Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication, School of Arts New Delhi     
  5. Department of Film & TV Studies, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan New Delhi

Expected Salary: In this profession, as a beginner, you can expect to earn an average salary of INR Rs.15,000 – 50,000 p.m.

2. Cabin Crew

Does the glitz and glamour of hospitality industry sweep you off your feet? Are you an avid traveler? Do you love to fly frequently?

If your answer to all these questions is ‘YES’ then you must consider to pursue a career in this industry and join Airline Industry as a Cabin Crew member. For a person looking forward to become a cabin crew member, all you need to possess is good communication skills, ability to work for long hours, and pleasing personality. 

Education Required: Minimum educational qualification to pursue Air Hostess course is successful completion of 10+2 level. Proficiency in English language is an added boon for the one interested in pursuing this career. Usually bright candidates within age group of 17 years and 28 years are preferred in the role of Cabin Crew.

Top Colleges: Here is a list of top 5 institutes that are best for pursuing a degree in Airlines Industry as a Cabin Crew member.

  1. Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training
  2. Jet Airways Training Academy
  3. Bombay Flying Club College of Aviation
  4. Indigo Training Centre
  5. Air Hostess Academy

Expected Salary: A cabin crew member can expect a decent salary of Rs.30,000 – 60,000 per month. Considering the level of services extended to the customers by the airline, the salary band may also differ.

3. Sales

If you are real good at convincing your parents and friends to buy your idea and give in to your demands without showing any dominance, then do not give up the idea of pursuing a career in Sales domain. It is often said that “A good salesman is the one who can sell himself before selling the product.”

Which makes it clear that to pursue a career in this field, you need to be persuasive and convincing enough to sell your idea and a talker. But before being a convincing talker, you need to be an attentive and active listener a well.

Education Required: For pursuing a career in this domain, you need to successfully clear 10+2 level and it is preferable to pursue a degree that specializes in Sales and Marketing domain.

Top Colleges: Here is a list of top 5 institutes that are best for pursuing a degree in Sales domain.

  1. Indian Institute of Mass Communication
  2. St Xavier's Institute of Communications
  3. YMCA Institute for Media Studies & Information Technology
  4. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
  5. Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune

Expected Salary: At the initial stages of career, expect a salary of Rs.15,000-20,000 p.m. But after gaining experience, as a sales manager and head you can expect salary of Rs.1,50,000 or more p.m. as well.

4. Photography

Landscape photography, Documentary photography, Architectural photography, Food photography, Candid photography, Wildlife photography and there are many more genres in which you can achieve excellence if you wish to be a photographer. The scope of this career is huge and offers exciting projects on which you can opt to work as a full-time and even as a freelance photographer. To be a successful and renowned photographer, stay true to the words “A picture paints a thousand words’.

Education Required: Successful completion of 10+2 level and then pursue a degree in Journalism and Mass-communication or a diploma in photo-journalism.

Top Colleges: Here is a list of top 5 institutes that are best for pursuing a degree in Photography

  1. Delhi College of Photography
  2. Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University, Hyderabad
  3. National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
  4. National Institute of Photography, Mumbai
  5. The Indian Institute of Digital Art and Animation, Kolkata

Expected Salary: Photography as a career has a huge scope for earning. You can expect to earn approximately Rs. 30,000- 1,00,000 p.m. depending upon the work flow and your experience in the domain.

5. Psychology

Dealing with people in distress and listening to their problems whole-heartedly is the biggest quality that you must possess to become a psychologist. If you love giving advises, counseling and can empathies with the people suffering from mental issues then this is the profession to make your future and help others. As a psychologist you will get a chance to help people improve their lives and make them feel good about themselves.

Education Required: Preferably you should have a background in Humanities at 10+2 level with ‘Psychology’ as one main subject. Later, pursue graduation in B.A. (Psychology) and if you want to go for higher education then you can also pursue Masters and Ph.D in this field. 

Top Colleges: Here is a list of top 5 institutes that are best for pursuing a degree in field of Psychology

  1. Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University
  2. St. Xavier's college, MUMBAI
  3. Presidency College, CHENNAI
  4. Fergusson College, Pune
  5. University Of Calcutta, Kolkatta

Expected Salary: As a psychologist you can earn Rs.20,000- 75,000 p.m. and in other areas such as lecturer, researcher, you can also expect to earn a good salary depending upon the organization with which you are associated.

6. Driving

Driving is not a full-time profession in which one would love to engage but with the advent of digital industry the game is changing. You can be the owner and driver of your own business. Get a few cabs registered under Ola and Uber to earn handsomely through this industry also. Remember the role of ‘Irfan Khan’ in the Piku movie. He was one of the owners and his skills came handy when he had to handle some really demanding customers to keep the business thriving and in profits.

Education Required: You can pursue a graduation degree so that you understand the business and its requirements. Good speaking skills and knowledge of the routes in which you prefer to drive for the customers. 

Top Colleges: All you need is a Commercial driving license and then there several are driving schools which you will find in your vicinity.

Expected Salary: You can expect an average salary of Rs. 20,000 - Rs. 45,000 per month.

7. Nursing

Personal traits such as compassion, respect for the mankind, staying calm in pressure, empathetic orientation towards patients and pacifying the panicking patients can make you an excellent nurse. In order to become a Nurse, it is important that you listen to the problems of the patients very calmly because you are going to be an effective link between the patient and doctor. The profession concerns kindness and caring for people suffering from ailments.

Education Required: A background in PCB at 10+2 level and a completed graduation in B.Sc. Nursing or allied courses will get you qualified to become a Nurse.

Top Colleges: Here is a list of top 5 institutes that are best for pursuing a degree in domain of Nursing

  1. Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai
  2. CMC Vellore College of Nursing
  3. Father Muller College of Nursing, Mangalore
  4. Apollo College of Nursing, Chennai
  5. Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Nursing College

Expected Salary: In this profession you can earn about Rs. 30,000 – 50,000 per month with a job in either government or private hospitals.

8. Culinary Arts

If people call you a gourmet, food connoisseur, foodies, gastronome, then do not let the opportunity go away from your hands and pick a career in culinary arts. Your love for food can make the profession more savory for others.

Education Required: You need to possess a recognised Bachelor's degree or at least 6 months to 1 year of work experience in a supervisory position in food industry

Top Colleges: Here is a list of top 5 institutes that are best for pursuing a degree in field of Culinary Arts

  1. Institute of Hotel Management, Pusa
  2. Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development
  3. International Institute of Culinary Arts
  4. Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition
  5. WelcomGroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration

Expected Salary: You can expect the salary of Rs. 20,000/- at the initial level and thereafter depending upon the level of promotion and the brand with which you get associated with in the industry, your salary will see a hike gradually. 

9. Bartending

If you are a party animal and wish to see yourself working in Private Hotels, restaurants, but also cruise ships and other grandeur events and also possess a love for alcoholic drinks then choose a career in Bartending. It offers exciting opportunity to interact with people that share the same taste as yours.

Education Required: A graduation degree from a recognised college, preferably in the domain of Bartending with knowledge of the alcoholic drinks.

Top Colleges: Here is a list of top 5 institutes that are best for pursuing a degree in field of Bartending

  1. IIBT Chandigarh
  2. Liquid Art Bartending School, Hyderabad
  3. Institute of Bar Operations and Management, New Delhi
  4. Indian Institute of Bartending, Chennai
  5. B'Mann School of Bartending, Chennai

Expected Salary: Bartenders have the potential to even earn up to Rs. 10,000 per night on an average in a good bar.

10. Classical Dancing

If you are a lover of art and you wish to express this art in form of Dancing, then do not hold back your dreams thinking that the field will not offer much scope. As a dance trainer, you have a huge scope to earn a handsome salary and you can even plan to open your own institute. For a dancer, it is important to hone physical strength and creativity to express your feelings through body language. You can choose any dance from Indian to International but get a complete training in that form to understand the technicalities. Do not give up on the hope to become winner of the next dance show of India.

Education Required: Here is a list of top 5 institutes that are best for pursuing a degree in Classical Dancing

Top Colleges:

  1. Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan, Bangalore
  2. Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya, Mumbai
  3. Sri Thyagaraja College of Music and Dance
  4. National Institute of Kathak Dance
  5. National Institute of Kathak Dance

Expected Salary: The salary or fees depends upon the dance form you choose as a career option. You can expect a salary of Rs. 25,000 – 35,000 per month.

11. Fire-Fighting

‘Safety Comes First’ and if you are driven by this motto in life, then you can pursue a career in this domain. A fire engineering course will help you gain knowledge and skills required for protecting people, environment and property from fire. It is a very lucrative field that offers an in-depth understanding of fire safety measures and will also let you earn wonderful salary.

Education Required: A background in PCM in 10+2 level with at least 50% marks and graduation in this domain from a recognised university.

Top Colleges: Here is a list of top 5 institutes that are best for pursuing a degree in fire-fighting profession

  1. Indian Institute Of Fire Engineering, Nagpur
  2. Delhi College of Fire Safety Engineering
  3. National Academy of Fire and Safety Engineering, Nagpur
  4. International Institute of Industrial Safety Management, Bangalore
  5. National Institute of Fire Engineering & Safety Management, Jaipur

Expected Salary: A fire-engineer can expect to earn Rs. 20,000 at the initial stage of the career.

12. Agriculture

India is an agrarian economy and needless to say that huge opportunity to earn lies in the hinterlands of India. Agriculture Industry still remain unorgainsed to a vast extend with increasing population, the demand for these products in on the rise. If you have the passion to become an entrepreneur, then you can consider this domain as a lucrative opportunity for work. It is one of the smartest career paths to take and offers competitive salary as well.

Education Required: A degree in marketing or agriculture management from a  recognised university.

Top Colleges: Here is a list of top 5 institutes that are best for pursuing a degree in field of agriculture

  1. Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi
  2. Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana
  3. Chaudary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar
  4. University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore
  5. Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai

Expected Salary: At the entry level, you can expect to receive a salary of Rs. 15,000- 30,000 depending upon your education and skills.

13. Architecture

Architecture is not considered as a job but as a lifestyle. If you wish to design the homes, workplaces and other important places where people go to entertain themselves, then a career in the field of Architecture is a best choice. Get accustomed to unique design concepts and start gaining idea of modern day construction to understand the trend of this industry.

Education Required: A degree in B.Arch. from a recognized institute with a good portfolio to exhibit your creativity.

Top Colleges: Here is a list of top 5 institutes that are best for pursuing a degree in field of Architecture

  1. Department of Architecture, IIT Roorkee
  2. Department of Architecture, NIT Tiruchirapalli
  3. Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi
  4. Department of Architecture, BIT, Mesra
  5. Chandigarh College of Architecture

Expected Salary: Freshers in this domain can expect to earn an average salary of Rs. 30,000/- in either government or private sector. You can even plan to open up your private practice but only after gaining considerable experience under a guide.

14. Teaching

A very noble profession, wherein you get the opportunity to interact with the young minds. You will get the opportunity to build the future of a prosperous nation and help make a difference in the economy of the nation. If you feel that you can inspire younger generation to excel in their area of interest then consider becoming a teacher.

Education Required: You should have 3 year completed bachlor’s degree in any stream and B.Ed. from a recognised university/college.

Top Colleges: Here is a list of top 5 institutes that are best for pursuing a degree in domain of teaching

  1. Lady Irwin College, Delhi
  2. Government College of Education, Chandigarh
  3. St. Xaviers College of Education, Patna
  4. Jamila Milia Islamia University, Delhi
  5. Himachal Pradesh University, Department Of Education, Shimla

Expected Salary: Your salary will depend on the level of education that you choose to join. For a university a professor you can expect a salary of Rs. 50,000/- p.m. for a UGC NET qualified candidate.

15. BPO

If you possess good communication skills, patience to listen to the problems or handle clients then BPO is a good choice to begin your career. There are both voice calling and non-voice jobs available for the candidates. But as the trend goes, employees in the voice jobs are offered higher salaries than those in the non-voice jobs.  

Education Required: A graduate degree from a recognised university/institute in any field and good communication skills are the only pre-requisites

Top Colleges: You need not apply to any particular college to pursue a career in BPO. Your overall personality and skills to manage the clients will be assessed while hiring you for the job.

Expected Salary: In a BPO, a monthly salary of Rs.20,000 – 40,000 can be expected at the entry level. But some organizations conduct training programmes for the freshers. When you excel in their training, you are made permanent.

16. Writing

If you possess love for any form of writing, be it poems, short-story, blogging, article writing, and are aspiring to pursue a career in this domain then take up this as a full-time career. The digital world, academic industry, software industry or any sphere of life, writing is an indispensible form of communication which offers a huge scope and wings to fly high as a career option.

Education Required: A bachelor’s degree in any stream from a recognised university and preferably a degree in Mass communication is asked for in government sector.

Top Colleges: Here is a list of top 5 institutes that are best for pursuing a degree in domain of Writing

  1. Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai
  2. British Council of India, Delhi
  3. Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
  4. JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
  5. Center for Research in Art of Film and Television, Delhi

Expected Salary: Your salary as a writer depends upon the type of industry you join. You can expect a salary of Rs. 15,000 – 25,000 as a fresher in this domain.

17. Sports

Gone were the days when parents used to weave the dream of pushing their kids into engineering and medical sciences only. In the current times, field of Sports is also considered as a good option. Athletics in higher education are growing at a promising rate of 15% according Forbes. This makes sports a good career option in which you can get a decent job as a trainer, teacher, player or even as a manager. There is no dearth of jobs even in the government sector with India achieving milestones at global level. 

Education Required: Preferable background in Physical education at 10+2 level and also a graduation degree in the same specialization.

Top Colleges: Here is a list of top 5 institutes that are best for pursuing a degree in field of Sports

  1. Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education, Thiruvananthapuram
  2. Bombay Physical Culture Association’s College of Physical Education, Mumbai
  3. Chandrashekhar Agashe College of Physical Education, Pune
  4. Vivekananda Rural Education Society College of Physical Education, Raichur
  5. Amity School of Physical Education and Sports Sciences, Noida

Expected Salary: Depending upon your role in the Sports industry, your salary would very. A sports manager can expect a salary of Rs. 25,000 – 30,000 at the intermediary level.

18. Social Work

Do you feel that you believe in philanthropy and altruism? If your soul is driven by these two qualities then Social Work is the perfect profession to invest your life into. People in this domain get interesting and challenging projects to benefit the society and people in all. You will also find yourself interacting with various people who are also exceptional problem-solvers. If you are not driven by the money making motives then join an NGO to uplift the society.

Education Required: Full-time three year graduation degree from a  recognised college and preferably in the domain of Social Work only. Students graduating from this specialization have an edge in getting hired than others when it comes to selection on government jobs.

Top Colleges: Here is a list of top 5 institutes that are best for pursuing a degree in field of social work

  1. Department of Social work, University of Delhi
  2. Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
  3. Loyola College of Social Sciences
  4. Department of Social Work, Mangalore University
  5. Faculty of Social Work, MS University of Baroda

Expected Salary: A social worker at intermediary level can expect a salary of Rs. 15,000 – Rs. 25,000/-

These are some of the under-rated professions which carry the potential to help you earn handsomely. We hope that the next time you feel confused with the choice of career, these options will help you make a sound decision depending upon your passion, and skills that will help you excel in life.

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