Students prefer to opt for engineering and medicine since there is more employability. But there are many unconventional courses where the demand for skilled professionals is on a high and applicants less, says Ruchir Arora
After Class XII, students and parents look for courses which open up more job opportunities. Students prefer engineering, medical, science, hotel management courses since they feel that the employment scope in these courses is high. However, there are some unconventional courses where the demand for employment is high and the number of skilled professionals is less. Such courses are called unconventional courses. Many Indian institutes offer these courses, though these courses are not very popular amongst the students and parents due to lack of information and clarity on them which proves to be a deterrent when students are making their career choice.
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
The main objective of BTech AI course is to produce students with a perfect understanding of the basics/ fundamentals of theory and practice of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. The graduates of BTech AI course meet the demands in the areas of AI and Machine Learning. As Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning are the future of India, there is a great demand for experts in this field. AI is being used extensively in healthcare, education, industrial sectors, e-commerce. The average starting salary is Rs 8-Rs 9 lakh per annum.
It is also known as Town Planning course, which is usually offered by institutes that are affiliated to the ITPI (Institute of Town Planners of India). Institutes with the affiliation of the AICTE can also offer a course in Urban Planning. The average starting salary is Rs 4-Rs 5 lakh per annum.
Hacking, in general, is termed as the activity to gain unauthorised access to data in a computer system. When this activity is carried out with the knowledge and permission of the person whose data is being accessed as well as within the ambit of the legal framework, it is termed as ethical hacking. Despite being a lucrative career option for students, not many colleges and professional institutes offer courses in ethical hacking in India. The average starting salary is Rs 800-Rs 1,000 per hour.
The sports industry in India has flourished over the years and offers ample career opportunities for aspirants who want to make a career in the sports management domain. With various Indian institutes now offering courses in this field, you can pursue this career and enhance your skills to get a good job in this field.
For those of you who are aspiring to make a career in this field will have to develop skills like planning, budgeting, organising, controlling, directing, leading and evaluating a sports activity or event. You may also be required to manage a sports team or institution. Some of the popular specialisations under sports management include sports marketing, sports finance and business, sponsorship and others. The average starting salary is Rs 2.5-Rs 3 lakh per annum.
Food Flavourist/ Chemist
Flavour is the sensory impression of food or other substance and is determined mainly by the chemical senses of taste and smell. Flavourists are chemists who create flavours for the food and other products and make food taste good. This job involves not just mixing various ingredients to create artificial and natural flavours; but also requires an in-depth knowledge of aroma chemicals, essential oils, plant extracts and others. Research and development; experimentation is an important part of the job.
Food flavorists are employed mainly by industries, in food-processing and ingredient supply. They are also inducted by the tea, coffee and wine industry. Some flavourists work for food production companies, as also in flavour houses — companies that create flavours in a lab for numerous purposes. The average starting salary is Rs 35,000-Rs 40,000 per month
The writer is Co-Founder, CollegeDekho