Thu, 22 Apr 2010 14:45:24 GMT | By P. John Ben

Six Professional Courses in Humanities

For those who want to thumb their nose at conventional education choices, there are plenty of opportunities today. Humanities can offer fun, career growth, and high levels of achievement. Here are six exciting and challenging careers in humanities.


Six Professional Courses in Humanities

For those who want to thumb their nose at conventional education choices, there are plenty of opportunities today. Humanities can offer fun, career growth, and high levels of achievement. Here are six exciting and challenging careers in humanities.

1. Nutrition & Dietetics

With people getting more health conscious, and stepping into gyms and health centres to fix their problems, Nutrition and Dietetics us gaining importance. Figuring out a balanced diet with regular physical exercise is not simple. Diet should have the right mix of protein, carbohydrate, fat and other nutrients. N & D professionals recommend the right balanced diet for different individuals, keeping in mind their food habits, work habits, health problems and other issues.

Courses & Colleges:
B.Sc. [3 yrs] / M.Sc [2 yrs] courses are available at the following institutes:
* University of Madras, Chennai
* University of Mumbai, Mumbai
* Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore
* Lady Irwin College, New Delhi
* Allahabad Agricultural Institute, Allahabad

Career Options
These professionals can work with government schools, hospitals as well as the private sector organizations. They can also find rewarding careers in regulatory bodies such as the Food Corporation of India. Besides, with the growing influx of mass media, their advice is much sought after by health magazines, TV channels and websites.

2. Masters in Social Work

With a burgeoning population, India is unable to care for the poor and the oppressed. Our country is not able to set aside welfare funds like the developed nations such as the USA, where there is an unemployment allowance, free food for the poor and other social welfare schemes. Individuals and organizations wish to help, and hope to do so both by their inhouse projects as well as by supporting NGOs. NGOs and government bodies often need people with a degree in Social Work.

Courses & Colleges: B.A / MSW / M.A. Social Work
* Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
* Madras School of Social Work, Chennai
* Indore School of Social Work, Indore
* Loyola College of Social Sciences, Thiruvananthapuram

Career Options
You can work for non-profit organizations such as CRY (Child Relief and You), Help Age India, Compassion India and others. The work satisfaction comes from the service orientation and the help extended by way of finances, materials and education to the underprivileged. Your role could be in different functions such as finance, operations, or IT, just like any corporate. However, the ultimate goal of these organizations is the care of the oppressed and the poor.

3. Film Making

The entertainment industry has huge potential in our country. Most of the achievers here have come up the hard way. They have been successful on account of their persistence and creativity. However, there are specialized courses and graduate programs, which can train you to be one of those Ram Gopal Varmas, Karan Johars and Madhur Bhandarkars.
Here one could make commercial films. Even documentary and art films can be made. There are no defined limits to this profession.

Courses & Colleges
Most of the film institutes offer diploma level courses that are of 1-year duration. Some of them offer a post-graduate degree also.
* Film & Television Institute of India, Pune
* Cochin Film Academy, Kochi
* Institute of Film & Television, Mumbai
* National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad

Career Options
* Photographer: Specialization could be through use of advanced techniques, use of lighting, complex angles etc
* Script writers: This role calls for a lot of creativity and the ability to visualize sequences in the film. This also requires a good command of the language.
* Directors: They play a pivotal role in deciding the film story line, content and screenplay.
* Producers: They need to arrange finances; they handle the payments to the actors and manage the distributors.
* Playback Singers: The singers need to have a genuine talent for commercial songs. Voice modulation and passion are also important.

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