India is a land of stereotypes. Engineers and Doctors are typecast as the best career paths that have possibly ever existed on the face of this planet. The society is equally unashamed of its lack of ability to change with time and is content following what has been defined as acceptable, traditional or better yet, conventional. But only until now.
The youth of the country is now ready to break the shackles of what the previous generation called “safe” and explore previously unchartered territories. This includes studying offbeat subjects, thinking out-of-the-box and making choices not based out of other people’s experience but what they feel is right. And why not; if you have the passion and the ability then why restrict yourself to conventions.
Long gone are the days when the only professions that made money were that of an engineer or a doctor. You will still find many people hung up about the reputation, the social status and ego boost these careers provide to their followers. However, there are many others who are not only making a comfortable living out of unconventional career choices but are as happy as one can be. If you are raring to go, here are listed some of the well-paying offbeat jobs, slowly but steadily picking up in popularity as well as number.
A person in absolute love with music and endowed with enough creativity can pursue a career as disc jockey. An ability to think passionately about music is inherent to the success in this career as one need to continuously belt out good, foot tapping music for listeners. The primary requirement also consists of basic knowledge of equipment. Your best chance to learn about the craft of disc jockeying is a music school or a DJ school. The basic DJ course involves training about the tempo of two songs and then mixing the tracks together. It will also teach you about understanding the response and mood of the floor and accordingly energising it with beat-thumping music or cooling it off with a soothing track.
Once you have grip on the basic concepts of disc jockeying you can move on to advanced level which is all about learning new software and the mixer essential for making your own music.
Communication with the audience is an important part of the whole exercise and until you do not have practical exposure such knowledge doesn’t come easily. Once you make a good name for yourself in the industry, money flows freely. Monthly average earnings of a local club DJ would be in the range of 30,000 to 60,000, while those who make it to the international scene can earn on above of INR 1,00,000 per month.
Footwear designing is even a rarer career path where the person uses his creative ideas to transform the shoes as per the prevalent fashion trends. With the retail revolution in its full force, the sale of footwear is also going to witness an increment in the coming future giving a boost to employment prospects of designers and trained professional who are equipped with the technical know-how of this profession. It is actually a little hard to believe how shoes and their different designs matter so much to thesociety, reflecting the perspectives and ideals of our culture. But now since everyone wants good footwear, the profession of a footwear designer holds more relevance than ever.
Starting a career as footwear designer requires good free hand sketching and storyboarding skills. You should have the knowledge of the evolutionary history of footwear, the different fabrics and material used to make them and the various designing patterns. Precision and a good sense of aesthetics is the most important asset one can have in this industry as even a small mistake can ruin the look or fitting of the footwear rendering all the work and shoe useless.
The fresher salaries start from INR 15,000 to 20,000 per month. Successful designers who are backed by more than couple of year experience earn much higher salaries in the range of Rs.50, 000 per month. Thus once you find yourself a good platform, growth is fast.
If you are a fitness freak who loves to remain at the peak of his health all the time and believe in “Health is Wealth”, a career as Fitness trainer will suit you the best. Not only will you end up keeping yourself hale and healthy, but your passion will also help in improving the fitness standards of others, in the process improving their overall living standards.
Compared to west, Indians are quite sloppy when it comes to fitness. Their lackadaisical attitude is responsible for the rising cases of heart diseases and lifestyle issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure and impaired digestion amongst others. Unless there is change in this sedentary lifestyle, one cannot expect the situation to improve, and this is why fitness trainers are needed. They help create awareness about the obvious benefits of keeping oneself fit. However, following it as a full time career is still not very common as far as our country goes and hence there is much demand and less supply. This makes Fitness trainer as one of the high paying jobs in India.
However, becoming a fitness trainer is no child’s play. You have to be formally trained in anatomy, exercise physiology, exercise technique and nutrition. Certification from a good institute is desired, and good communication skills are also quite important. If you want an edge, keep yourself updated with the latest trends in the industry through further study, researching about the competition and skill enhancement. The starting remunerations are about INR 10,000 to 15,000 per month. However, experienced names who handle celebrities charge as much as INR 10,000 for just an hour of consultation.
There are many other unconventional jobs in India that are quickly picking up in demand and popularity. If you want to look beyond engineering and management as career choices, it’s perfect time to do so.
Saurabh Tyagi is a blogger and a professional career author with proven expertise in writing for topics related to jobs, job trends, different job opportunities, various workplace and industry information, tips and strategies for job seekers. You can follow him onLinkedIn or Twitter.