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Check out these hot courses, which suit your job profiles and ensures endless work opportunities.
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2008 01:30 PM IST

Clinical Research:
A clinical research is a scientific study of the effects, risks, efficacy and benefits of a medicinal product. These are carried out prior to the release of the medicine in the market. Basic duties include collection of clinical data from physicians and patients, Designing Case Report Forms (CRF’s), Managing Contract Research Organizations (CRO's), Data analysis and classification of CRF's, Monitoring investigational sites etc.

Work Opportunities:
CR has opened large number of career opportunities to medical, pharma and all interdisciplinary fields. Ranbaxy, Quintiles, Sun Pharma, Cadila, Nicholas Piramal, Lupin and many others have set up world-class clinical research centers in India to bring the drug from mind to market.

Sports physiotherapy:
Basically, the job profile of a sports physiotherapist is the same as a physiotherapist. The only difference is that SP’s are a little more aggressive than them. Things like how to prepare for training, what should they avoid, what is the right technique to play the game, what should be the ideal weight of the bat or the girth of the racket, etc are dealt by sports physiotherapists.

Work Opportunities:
You would work in a team with coaches, other health care professionals and sports scientists. You could specialise in a particular sport, or in a particular aspect of physiotherapy, such as rehabilitation.You could work in private practice, in health and fitness clubs and leisure centres, or for sport associations or clubs.
You could combine working in sports physiotherapy with other general physiotherapy work, or train in additional therapies, such as acupuncture. Another option would be to take further training and move into ergonomics.


Sports Management:
Sports Management as the name suggests is an educational program designed for sport enthusiasts to gain a thorough understanding of the management of sports – be it Cricket, Football, Tennis, Rugby, Horse Racing, Golf or Formula –1. In short it’s a mix of sport and business in which the principles of management, business leadership and teamwork are applied to sports.

Work Opportunities:
Careers as agents, managers, publicists etc exist for those with a degree in sports management. Cricket being the dominant sport in India, most jobs centre around it especially in event management companies. As a sports manager of say a cricketer, will involve you in maintaining the player’s schedules, career progressions, business promotion, media and public relations. That not all, you will also be responsible for budgeting, finance and other logistics and the whole gamut of activities that goes into packaging and marketing him as a brand. As a Sports Manager in a leisure club or sports club would involve a lot of administrative work including the management of accounts, charting out plans and preparing schedules and timetables for preparing schedules and timetables for matches. College Sports Management, 21st Century, Game plan, World Sport Group, Glob sport, IMG, Percept D` Mark Sports Management and Nimbus Sport are some of the corporate bodies who manage sport events. Some of the areas where sport managers can be gainfully employed are Sports federation of India, Sports Channels, Sports Authority of India, regional or national sporting organizations, Sport Event Management companies, Sports Marketing companies, Sport sponsors in India, Schools and colleges, leisure and sports-clubs, golf clubs, resorts, adventure sports and finally sport management companies like Percept Holding, which manages contracts for many cricketers. If one has a flair for writing they can get into sport journalism.


Forensic Medicine: Forensic medicine is one of the prime and most significant areas of forensic science. Also called legal medicine or medical jurisprudence, it applies medical knowledge to criminal and civil law. Areas of medicine that are commonly involved in forensic medicine are anatomy, pathology, and psychiatry.

Work Opportunities: Forensic scientists are employed by: regional, state, and local forensic laboratories; district attorney’s offices; private firms; colleges and universities; the military; and, federal agencies


Fashion marketing: What makes someone spend Rs.1,499/- on a pair of shoes, or Rs 899/- on a simple t-shirt? What makes someone feel an uncontrollable urge to own uncomfortably baggy pants or killer 6-inch stiletto heels? Well, if they're really good at what they do, it's fashion marketers. The goal is to move clothing out of designers' showrooms and into customers' closets.

Work Opportunities: There are opportunities for work with the various sectors dealing with fashion. The opportunities for job exist in the following sectors :
Export houses dealing with garment/textile/handloom exports.
Retail and wholesale garment businesses in men's/women's/children clothing in sportswear /casual wear, etc.
Haute Courture
Government/Semi government-handloom/textile manufacturers
Fashion show organisers/Fashion publishers
TV/Film fashion programme producers/comperes/costume designers, etc


Forensic Science: Forensic science is a satisfying career where the love of science can be applied to the good of humanity, public health, and public safety. Forensic scientists are thinkers, good with details, good with putting pieces of a puzzle together, and curious.

Work Opportunities: They can find employment with law enforcement agencies, police, legal system and in the investigative services of the government and also private agencies. They can also work as teachers in institutes that conduct courses in this subject.


Neonatology: A neonatologist specializes in handling the most complex and high-risk situations involving a newborn. This includes premature babies or babies born with serious illness, injury, breathing disorders, birth defects. They ensure that critically ill newborns receive the proper nutrition for healing and growth.

Work Opportunities: hospitals, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Medical school hospital, Group practice, Community hospital, Solo practice micro-engineering and micro-manufacturing: The use of micro-engineering and micromanufacturing allows designers to develop products with enhanced functionality and appeal, with an emphasis on the surface finish.

Yogic education: The course is devised for those, who are not satisfied by mere technical knowledge of Yoga and are eager to know more about its philosophical and psychological background and why and how it affects the body and mind. The diploma in Yoga therapy is for medical doctors who are interested in the holistic approach in treating patients and want to use Yoga, as a complementary system to the conventional treatment.

Work Opportunities: self-employment, retreat centres, gym, schools, hospital rehabilitation centres, health club, yoga teaching classes,

Environmental Quality Management: Industrial development is essential for rapid economic growth of the country. The industrialisation is aimed to increase the production of better quality by application of modern scientific and sophisticated technology. However, the rapid growth of industrialisation, urbanisation, modern agricultural development, new technological innovations, including material development, like energy generation, etc. for fulfilling the human needs, resulted in exploitation of natural resources, climatic changes as well as deterioration in natural environment. Adverse health effects associated with exposure to chemicals are of grave concern. The environmental threats are noticeable as the problem of acid rain, ozone layer depletion, global warming and the climatic changes are now being discussed at various forums world wide. This serious concern about the environment, clubbed with increased environmental awareness and increased number of public interest litigations, has created a demand for managing the environmental affairs by the industries and the regulatory authorities to the desired level of standards that are in vogue. Today, unfortunately, we are facing a lot of environmental problems. These environmental concerns are to be studied in detail by having academic and industry interaction.

Work Opportunities:
Govt. departments, both at Central and State level offer jobs related to environment.
Research institutions, both Government and Private, employ people with environment background. Ex: NEERI, various environmental research centres with leading universities and centres of excellence (central/state government or private bodies).

UN/International Donor Agencies also work on environmental aspects.
NGO managed programmes
There are several academic institutions which have teaching opportunities. IITs, reputed Engineering colleges, TERI, etc., are some of the leading institutions offering such openings.
Large industries employ people with environment background to manage the waste water/environmental aspects. Apart from these, there are several private companies which are engaged in providing solutions related to environment to industries and government projects. This is an upcoming area where several job opportunities are available.


Hypnotherapy: Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis in the treatment of certain ailments. Hypnotherapy is often applied in order to modify a subject's behavior, emotional content, and attitudes, as well as a wide range of conditions including dysfunctional habits, anxiety, stress-related illness, pain management, and personal development.

Work Opportunities: You would usually be self-employed and run your own practice. Hypnotherapy is also applicable across many different treatment-based fields such as: counselling, psychology, medicine, nursing. And in addition there is scope to utilise many of these communication skills in other people-focused professions like: management,coaching, training etc


Wedding Planner: They are also known as wedding planner consultant. Wedding Planning Services include: Venue selection, Choice of caterer, Restaurant / venue reservations for pre- and post-wedding events, Hair and make-up arrangements, Guest transportation from hotel to the wedding venue, Wedding attire etc.

Work Opportunities: Wedding planning consulting, participating in mega wedding shows besides planning weddings. One can also get into event management.


Mass Communication: Compare the advertisement you see today (Visual and Audio) with the advertisements you remember as a child in school. Did you notice the gap in communication? Today, like never before, we are witnessing a revolution in communication with the convergence and integration of communication technologies. This has thrown up new challenges in terms of understanding the reach, access and impact of today’s Media Communication.

Work Opportunities: Opportunities for placement in diverse fields of mass communication are available in publishing houses, radio and television companies, corporate world, entertainment industry, media industry, advertising agencies, public relations agencies, government organisations etc


Biotechnology: Do you want to be at the forefront of developing new drugs and foods with enhanced nutrition or crops that can fight off pests? Or simply create another Dolly- the cloned sheep? Biotechnology is a combination of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics and engineering. It's a research-oriented field, with applications in various areas such as medicine, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and environment. Plant Biotechnology, Medical Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Environmental Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology and Animal Biotechnology are the 6 main areas in the Biotechnology Industry.

Work Opportunities: one can join Bio-pharma companies, live sciences projects, Pharma companies, Consultancy Services, Biotech companies, Foods companies, Bioinformatics sector, Agri-companies, etc. One will be employed in areas of planning, production, sales, administration, marketing, quality control and management of bio processing industries and the allied fields. Companies like Biocon (research-driven, global healthcare company) ,Wockhardt (manufacturer of recombinant biotecg drugs), Serum Institute of India ( vaccine manufacturer), RPG life sciences(exclusively caters to high-value life saving drugs produced by fermentation route using biotechnology) , Frost & Sullivan ( global biotech consultant) are all employing Biotech Managers to man their operations and research. Other companies include Trans Search, Reliance life Sciences, Nicholas Piramal, Mahyco, Avesthagen, Multiplex, Millipore, SRL Ranbaxy, Advanced Biochemicals, Sanmar, SPAN Diagnostics, Praj Industries, Torrent Pharma, GSK, Vital Biological, Bio-Rad, Biotech India, Hysel India, Sigma Aldrich, Eli Lilly, Carl Zeiss, Quintiles Spectra and Synergy Net Finance etc all offer opportunities to work with them.


Nanotechnology: Right from the food we eat, to the clothes we wear to the compositions of our own bodies, is made up of atoms. Since atoms touch almost every aspect of our living, it’s important to understand them in order to control them. Nanotechnology is thus said to be the art and science of manipulating and rearranging individual atoms and molecules to create useful materials, devices, and systems to benefit mankind. Nanotechnology involves working at the level of molecules and atoms or studying materials smaller than 100 nanometers- roughly 1/100th the width of a human hair. A nanometer is one billionth of a metre.

Work Opportunities: Career paths in research and development, manufacturing, and marketing and sales of products will continue to grow as the demand increases. Cranes Software International , Monad Nanotech, Velbionanotech, Innovations Unified Technology, Qtech nanosystem, Naga nanotech, Tash nanotech, etc are some of the companies in India that hire nano techies.One of the fields in which Nanotechnology finds extensive applications is Nanomedicine. Biotech companies and large pharmaceutical companies too employ Nan tech’s. Health Industry research and consulting (product development or interfacing of new technologies) in pharma, medical, agriculture, food and beverage, environment etc are likely to engage Nan Techies. One can also get into education and academic.


Product designing: Product design is critical to a customer's ability to get the most out of any product or service. Product designers are responsible for the look, feel, and functionality of different products and services.

Work Opportunities: The designer can work for an organization or may work on freelance basis with different consulting firm. Product designers often become graphic designers, commercial artists, cost estimators, and product manufacturing executives-all careers they come into contact with as product design specialists.


Communication design: Communication Design specializes in the design and production of corporate marketing materials, visual identities, web sites, and other print and electronic media. It focuses on the study of the structure, processes, aesthetics, functions, and effects and creation of mediated communication.

Work Opportunities: tremendous scope in the advertising industry, publishing industry, card business, catalogue illustration etc. There are opportunities in the packaging industry too. They may also be hired for designing motifs and logos for use in hotels, airline offices and so on.

Commercial Pilot: Flying an airplane is great. Getting paid to do that is even greater. No wonder it's one of the most sought-after careers in the world. You'll find yourself in different time zones, climates and cultures every day. It's like a different expedition every time...a new and exciting world to discover and journey through. As a commercial pilot you will be responsible for the safe run of the aircraft between destinations. You will also be responsible for the safety of the crewmembers, passengers and the aircraft during its flight. You will have to be fully aware of the weather, flight conditions, flight routes and international sky limits. Seeking the approval of the Air Traffic Control before flying and landing, checking the electrical and mechanical functioning of various components of the aircraft and checking the fuel conditions are part of your job.

Work Opportunities: Besides Air India and Indian Airlines, there are several private airlines like Jet Airways, Sahara, Air Deccan, Kingfisher, currently expanding their fleet and range of operations in India. There are several other international airlines that operate through India like United Airlines, Air Canada, Virgin Atlantic, Quantas, KLM, Lufthansa, United Airlines, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, Thai Airways, Malaysian Airlines and China Airlines to name a few.

Dermatology: Gone are the days when a dermatologist focused only on problems related to the skin, today they offer innovative therapeutic solutions for hair and nails too and everything that goes to improve the quality of life of dermatology patients. They no longer treat only acne and scars and boils but also treat individuals with various other skin diseases like tinea, vitiligo, dermatitis etc to surgeries and treating pigment disorders.

Work Opportunities: There are a number of opportunities where one can work as a consultant within a general or multi specialty hospital or even set up their own practice.

Pediatric and adolescent dermatology for children up to 18 years.
Skin surgery clinics/department involved in derma surgical procedures like punch grafting for vitiligo grafting, suction blister grafting
In the special care OPD department where patients require long term follow up.
Diagnostic dermatopathology where skin biopsies are performed.
Pigment clinic where pigment disorders can be treated.
Special clinic for Acne and Scalp treatments.
One can start their own skin magazine or be a consultant to different magazines.

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