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Career options in Jewellery Making

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A career in jewellery designing is a rather lucrative profession today. India is the largest consumer of gold in the world, with revenues currently estimated at over $13 billion. The country also consumes 20 percent of world gold consumption.

The jewellery designing industry in a fast  growing industry and employs around 1.3 million people. So if you are of the artistic bent of mind, you have an interesting career option here, waiting to be discovered.

Interestingly, jewellery design is not just for professionals, there are a large number of short term courses available in all major cities of the country, and all kinds of people, from software professionals looking for a stress buster, to housewives wanting to channel their creativity are doing short term jewellery design courses. If you don’t plan to turn jewellery design into a profession you can still do a course and create some fantastic personalized gifts for your friends.

Incase you haven’t already noted, there is all kinds of jewellery you can design, not just metal and stone. Today, jewellery is being made from a large list of materials including, clay, paper, plastic and fabric. The range of materials that can be used and the huge scope for creativity is making jewellery design an attractive field to make ones career in.

Some career options in jewellery design

Goldsmith: A goldsmith can work with any material, knows construction, can work for someone else making jewellery or for oneself.

A Custom/Special Order Jeweller: may be employed and self employed and work directly with the public or within a trade shop. A custom order jeweller creates one-of-a-kind individualized work for a client. This is a job which combines skills in goldsmithing/wax/model making, design, rendering, psychology, pricing, selling and negotiating.

Artist Jewellers: are those who enjoy working by themselves. There are wide open niches in conceptual work and high end work.

A Fashion Jeweller: is a person who designs and makes jewellery and accessories for  the fashion industry. It requires a flair for PR , design, audience understanding and good business sense.

Designer: a designer designs jewellery through drawings, models or even wax originals. May be employed by a company or self employed.

Closely linked to jewellery design is the manufacturing of jewellery. You can choose to either graduate into manufacturing by bringing to life your designs or link up with a manufacturer, who will reproduce your design.

Career options in jewellery manufacturer include

A Manufacturer: may be anyone from someone running a small production to mass production, from service work for others to marketing one’s designs  online.

Crafts Jewellery Maker: A maker who markets through craft fairs and gallery-stores, usually with a line of hand-made, unique or low production run pieces.

Production Bench Worker: a goldsmith who specializes in production work, anything from running a punch press, to repetitive hand work.

Repair person: specializes in repairs. Often the best way of starting and learning jewellery skills and the basis of many a successful jewellery business.

Stonesetter: a good setter earns very well and is well respected.

Store Owner/Manager: this is where the income lies highest, at the retail end of the chain. It requires good business skills and hard work, commitment and a great deal of money to do. Many owners however came to this point from goldsmithing bench jobs originally.

Specialized careers related to jewellery making

Gemologist/Appraiser: usually an employed position. Training and equipment costs can be high. Diamonds are a specialized sub-section of gemology.

Hand Engraver: This profession has almost gone. It is not hard to learn, merely requiring a great deal of practice. A good hand engraver can make a lot of money in service work for the industry because of its rarity.

Model maker: a goldsmith specializing in making original metal models. Often an employed position it is the highest level of goldsmithing in many ways.

Silversmith: another almost extinct career but because of that some good options for independent service or original work, requires good marketing skills and training in Art School.

Other career options include Caster, Plater, Polisher and Teacher

Pre-requisite for career in Jewellery designing

Some of the premier institutes in India provide diploma courses in Jewellery designing to those completing their graduation in any stream. Many institutes offer short-term courses after completing X or XII standards as well.

The various types of courses would give essential information on colour coding schemes, polishing and finishing, drawing techniques and ornament making and designing etc.

The course duration could vary from 3 months to 3 years. Jewellery designing institutes are now using computerized programmes like jewel cad, AutoCAD, Auto cam, etc. This allows students to easily made and store designs and produce them on demand.

Some Jewellery Designing Colleges, Institutions and Universities in India

  • Arch Academy Design, 9, Govind Marg, Malviya Nagar Inst. Area, Malviya Nagar, Jaipur-302017, Website: www.archedu.org
  • Arch Gemology and Jewellery Institute, B-69 University Marg, Janta Sotre Circle, Bapu Nagar, Jaipur
  • Dr. Dhamambal Government Polytechnic for Women, Canada Indian Institutional Co-operation Project Tharamani Chennai – 600 113
  • Department of Geology, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai – 400001
  • ENSIGN – The Jewel Design Institute, City Tower, Mall Road, Netaji Subhash Place, Pitampura, New Delhi – 110088
  • Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council Rajasthan Bhavan, Jaipur 302003
  • Gemological Institute of India, 29, Gurukul Chambers, 187-189, Mumbadevi Road, Mumbai 400002
  • Gemstones Artisans Training School, Jhalana Mahal, Jaipur 302017
  • International Institute of Fashion Technology, South Extension Part I, New Delhi
  • Indian Diamond Institute, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Center of Jewellery Design & Manufacture, Katargam, GIDC, Sumul Dairy Road, Katargam Post Box 508, Surat 395008
  • Indian Gemological Institute, Nirmal Towers 10th Floor, 26, Barakhamba Road , New Delhi 110001
  • Indian Institute of Gemmology, 10980,East Park Road, Karol Bagh, New Delhi. Website: www.iigdelhi.com
  • Indian Gemological Institute, F 32,33, Jhandewalan, Flatted Factories Complex, Near Jhandewalan Temple, Rani Jhansi Road , New Delhi 110055
  • International Polytechnic for Women, A-3, South Extension Part-I, Ring Road New Delhi 110049, Web: www.womenpolytechnic.com
  • Jhaveri Center for Diamond technology, Shri Bhagubhai Mafatlal Polytechnic, Vile Parle West, Mumbai- 400 056
  • JD Institute of Fashion Technology, Lokayata, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi 110016
  • Jewellery Export Promotion Council, D-15 Commerce Center , Tardeo, Mumbai 400034
  • Jewellery Design and Technology Institute, A-89, Sector-2, Noida
  • Jewellery Design and Technology Institute, F-11, South Extension, Part I Delhi 110049
  • Jewellery Design and Technology Institute, C-021B, DLF Super Mart-I, DLF City, Phase-IV, Gurgaon
  • SNDT Women’s university,  Juhu Campus, Santa Cruz West, Mumbai-49
  • Jewellery Product Development Center, D-15, Commerce Center , Tardeo, Mumbai 400034
  • Jewellery Product Development Center Jhandewalan, Flatted Factories Complex Rani Jhansi Road , New Delhi 110055
  • National Institute of Design (NID, Paldi, Ahmedabad ( Gujarat ) 
  • National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Opp. Gulmohar Park Hauz Khas, New Delhi
  • National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Chethana Bhavan, Nanpally, Hyderabad-1
  •  Small Industries Service Institute, 65/1, GST Road, Chennai 600032
  • SG Jhaveri Center for Diamond Technology, Irfa, Juhu Road, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai 400056
  • Shinghar Institute, Howrah , Kolkata
  • Sidhar Institute of Gemology, Kolkata
  • SNDT Women’s University Campus,  Juhu Rd, Santa Cruz (W), Mumbai 400054
  • Vakall’s Academy of Jewellery Design, 114, Arun Chambers, Tardeo Road ,  Mumbai
  • Wigan Fashion School, Wigan and Leigh College (India ) LTD.,  Nehru Place, New Delhi

Jewellery design obviously has a huge potential in India, the internet has also made things easy for those wanting to launch their own business. One can begin selling their products online from their very home and even use the internet to exhibit their designs and produce on demand.


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Career options in BPOs and KPOs

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Business Process Outsourcing and Knowledge Process Outsourcing are currently booming industries in India.

Businesses need to constantly stay competitive and keep prices in check, what better way then to outsourcing work to a remote location that is cheaper and lets you benefit on all the 24 hours of the day. Companies across the globe are therefore favoring India. Additionally India has a huge talented and educated work force. The annual revenue earned by India from the BPO industry is around $11 billion (1% of the GDP).

Recently the BPO and KPO industry has operated like a huge sponge, absorbing millions of young people into their workforce. Till not so long back cities like Bangalore were the main hub of BPO and KPOs. This is changing; companies are seeking further cost reductions and moving to smaller areas like Gurgaon, Noida, Hyderabad, Pune, Thiruvanantapuram, Chennai and Calcutta.

The BPO industry offer a diverse range of career options to young people fresh out of college and freshers keen to try out their hand are flocking to join a BPO and KPO in large numbers.

What is a BPO Career all about?

A BPO career revolves around the core activity of delivering business process outsourcing services. This involves voice (telephone) and non-voice (email, chat) based customer interaction services, transaction processing, telemarketing, technical support or analyzing of customer specific data. It also involves back-end jobs such as claims processing and processing of Finance & Accounting transactions.

What is the kind of work Outsourced to India?

The BPO work that is outsourced is from various industries like

  • Credit cards
  • Healthcare products
  • Personal care products
  • Education
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Legal
  • HR
  • Marketing
  • Administration management
  • Finance
  • Telecom and many more

Although the business started off with the United States outsourcing work to India, the list of countries has grown to include others like Australia, Canada and UK, Ireland etc.

Advantages of starting a career in a BPO

  • Global exposure
  • Communication skills are enhanced
  • Exposure to different people while handling customers
  • Good work environment
  • Transport taken care off
  • Young people all around, so it can be a fun atmosphere
  • Good compensation package

People having multi-lingual skills in French, Spanish, etc., also have good opportunities in BPOs.

Requirements for Joining a BPO

  • Graduation in any stream
  • Good spoken and written English communication skills
  • Basic Computer skills
  • An attitude and willingness to learn
  • Ability to interact with people of various regions and cultures
  • Willingness to work on night shifts
  • Adaptable nature

Work Timings

Since the BPO Industry caters to clients across the globe, the work timings are in line with that.

There are broadly 2 shifts at which BPOs work,

  • US shifts – This would entail working between 5.00 PM to 9.00 AM
  • UK shifts – This would entail working between 12.00 PM to 12.00 AM


Starting salaries could be anywhere from Rs. 15,000 – 20,000.

What are the various rounds of interview in the recruitment process?

The recruitment process can be rigorous and lengthy, nearly everything centering around your communication skills.

Usually the recruitment process involves:

1. Group Discussion– The candidates are evaluated on the parameters of:

  • Communication Skills
  • Leadership Traits
  • Team Work
  • Logical Thinking
  • Knowledge of the Subject
  • Body Language

2. Personal Introduction– the candidates are required to give a brief introduction about themselves to the Interviewer.

3. Communication skills – Grammar, Pronunciation, Neutral Accent and Fluency in the language.

4. Grammar/Aptitude test – This is based on the process the person will be working on.

5. Voice and Accent test– The candidates are evaluated on their:

  • Pronunciation
  • Rate of Speech
  • Vocal Qualities
  • Grammar
  • Clarity in Thought and Speech
  • Accent Aptitude – British/American

6. Line Interview– Line Evaluators assess candidates on the Fitment Issue. The candidates are checked regarding their adaptability to respective processes in terms of their selling skills, patience, problem solving skills, etc

7. HR Round – The offer is based on the Performance of the Candidate in all the rounds of the Interview, Educational Qualification and Prior Work Experience (Relevant/Non-Relevant).

There are hundreds of companies offering BPO services and so you have a huge choice about the company you can join. Once you put up your CV at a job site or register with an HR Consultancy you will be informed about dozens of job opening.

Go for as many interviews as you can, first for the experience and to learn the ropes, and then to clinch the deal. If you focus on your communication skills and are good at it, you should have no shortfall of offers and then you can actually pick and choose the company you would like to work for.

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Career Options in Floral Design

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A career as a floral designer is an off beat one. When people ask us what it is that we want to be when we grow up, we invariably state a career that is seemingly big and important and earns a lot of money.  Few if any would say they want to for example become a businessman. Yet so many of us wish we could work for ourselves, be our own boss, make or break our own future. Some people actually go ahead and take the leap and set up their own business. 

If you define a career in floral design by the little flower shop at the end of the road, think again. Flowers are big business and it is getting professionalized each day.

Be it a birthday party, a wedding, an anniversary or any happy occasion, flowers, of all hues, fragrances, textures and size are a part of them, and the person who gets these wonderful flowers into beautiful formations and design is the florist and his/her team.

So if you have a creative bent of mind, well explore a career as a florist.

A florist could find themselves anyway, from a business of their own, which could be wholesale or retail, to overseeing the floral arrangements in a five star hotel.

As a florist you might find yourself performing a wide variety of duties, including:

  • Selecting and buying flowers
  • Meeting with customers to discuss their needs and preferences and the particular occasion
  • Creating the flower arrangements ordered by customers
  • Creating flower displays for in-house samples
  • Delivering arrangements to customers
  • Setting up floral decorations for special occasions such as weddings
  • Processing orders
  • Packaging arrangements

Floral designers, work with not just cut live flowers but with dried, or silk flowers and other greenery as well, arranging them into displays of various sizes and shapes.

Florist design displays their work in various ways like bouquets, corsages, centerpieces, wreaths, and the like for weddings, funerals, holidays, and other special occasions.

They also use accessories such as balloons, candles, toys, candy, and gift baskets as part of their displays.

Floral designers must be creative, and able to communicate their ideas visually and verbally. Because trends in floral design change quickly, designers must be open to new ideas and react quickly to changing trends.

Problem-solving skills and the ability to work independently and under pressure also are important traits. Individuals in this field need self-discipline to budget their time and meet deadlines.

As mass marketers capture more of the small flower orders, independent floral shops are increasingly finding themselves under pressure to remain profitable. Many independent shops have added online ordering systems in order to compete with Internet florists. Others are trying to distinguish their services by specializing in certain areas of floral design or by combining floral design with event planning and interior design services.


Floral design is the only design occupation that does not require formal training; most floral designers learn their skills on the job. Employers generally look for people with creativity, a flair for arranging flowers, and a desire to learn.

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The Glamorous World of a Music Jockey

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More than a few eyes would twinkle if you mentioned music jockeying for a career, and why not, who does not like the attention, glamour and action, all to the swaying sound of music!

If you have the gift of the gab, love music, have tons of energy and a positive spirit, not forgetting of course the looks and personality traits, music jockeying could be just the career for you.

A music jockey is one, who keeps a social event happening, be it a birthday party, an anniversary, a wedding or a night out at a club. Over the radio and TV they keep people upbeat and happy. A music jockey understands his/her audience and carefully select music that will ensure the audience is having a good time.

India is a large country with a large number of languages. Each state has its own language, there is also the national language and also English, this provides a growing scope for music jockeys. There is also a renewed interest in music and new music channels are being launched ever so often.

Incase you didn’t know there are namely 3 types of music jockeys

  • Video Jockey (VJ), who work in music channel, and host shows.
  • Radio Jockey (RJ), who as the name suggests work at a radio station and can even go on to live music event and
  • Disc Jockey (DJ), those who host the music for parties, clubs, restaurants, Music stores etc.

Love for Music

Music jockeys have supposed to be experts on music and so must constantly stay updated on the latest trends in music, videos and information about music stars and other celebrities. If you are the type that loves music, this would surely be fun. Music jockeys are also required have a well-rounded knowledge of all types of music genres and also be informed about a bit of everything from films, politics, travel and whatever theme the show may demand. Some of music jockeys specialize in a particular genre of music, say rock or jazz, or reggae or pop etc.

Some of the essential personality traits to become a Jockey

  • Willingness to work all hours
  • Great command over the language they plan to jockey in
  • Possess a keen sense of humor
  • Vast knowledge of music
  • A great voice
  • Have a pleasant personality and a comfortable with the lights on them

While jocking may seem like a lot of fun, that’s the showmanship for the viewer. Behind the screen it is a highly competitive profession and music jockeys often work under intense pressure. Since the jobs are limited jockeys are employed on contract basis.

You can aspire to be a jockey if you have a

  • BA with Journalism
  • BS Communication
  • BA with Journalism
  • Master in Communication Studies
  • MA in Media Communication and Management
  • Diploma in Communication and Media Development
  • Diploma in Fundamental and Audiovisual Education
  • Course in TV Reporting, Presentation and Production

Where can you get yourself a course?

  • Bangalore University, Gnana Bharati, Bangalore 560 056
  • University of Calcutta, Senate House Calcutta 700 087
  • Stella Maris College, Cathedral Road, Chennai 600 086
  • MA Mass Communication and Journalism
  • University of Calcutta, Senate House Calcutta 700 087
  • Mangalore University, Mangalore 574 194
  • University of Madras, Chennai 600 005
  • Kodaikanal Christian College, Paradise Hill, Kodaikanal 624 104
  • University of Pune, Department of Communication Studies, Pune 411 007
  • Manipal institute of Communication, Manipal
  • MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi 110 025
  • Mudra Institute of Communication, Shela, Ahmedabad
  • SNDT Women’s University, Nathibai Thackersey Road, Mumbai 400 0220.
  • Asian Academy of Film and Television, Sector 16A Noida (UP)
  • Dr.Harisingh Gour Viswavidyalaya, Gour Nagar, Sagar 470 003 (MP)
  • Indian Television Training Institute, C 41 Gulmohar Park, New Delhi 110 049

To understand your career option as a Music Jockey better visit

Disc Jockey – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disc_jockey

Radio Jockey – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_jockey

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Psychology as a career option in India

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Psychology as a career option is still in its nascent stages in India and has huge scope for growth. Thus if you are seriously contemplating a career in Psychology you could well be on the right track. There are numerous universities across the country that offer a Masters and can set you off on a dynamic and challenging future.

For those who are new to this field of science, Psychology is the study of human behavior, and a psychologist is one who applies his/her knowledge of human behavior to a wide range of human services, like management, counseling, law, sports etc.

Types of Psychology

There is a huge list when it comes to types of Psychology as it has permeated nearly every aspect of human life. To name a few types however are Clinical, Counseling, Organizational, Health, School, Sport, Gender, Industrial, Abnormal and others.

Jobs in the field of Psychology

With Psychology making its presence felt everywhere, a Psychologist can find themselves in a wide variety of places

  • A research psychologist investigates the physical, cognitive, emotional and social aspects of human behaviour, and so, could find a job as a researcher, research assistant, and professor in an educational institution.
  • Applied Psychologists are involved in counselling, training programs, market research, mental health services in hospitals, clinics, or private settings and so could find jobs from counselling to being a member of a company’s market research team.
  • Clinical psychologists concern themselves with mental health programmes ranging from normal psychological crisis to extreme conditions. They work in psychiatric hospitals, in the community, children’s homes, remand centers etc.
  • Counselling psychologists help people on how to deal with problems of every day living – personal, social, educational or vocational.
  • Developmental psychologists study the patterns and causes of behavioural change from infancy to adulthood and could again be counselors in hospitals on pre and neo natal care, including early childhood.
  • Educational psychologists design, develop and evaluate educational programs. They deal with learning, behaviour and emotional problems as well as with handicapped children. Educational psychologists could be working in a school or in the education department of the government.
  • Experimental psychologists conduct experimental research on various aspects of human behaviour and so could find jobs as researchers, research assistants, and professors in educational institutions.
  • Industrial, organizational and marketing psychologists apply psychological principles to personnel administration, management and marketing problems and so could be working in a company or be a consultant there.
  • Occupational psychologists advise companies on improving training, job satisfaction and productivity. They specialize in industrial relations, vocational guidance and counselling. Thus they could be working in a company or be a consultant there.
  • Consumer psychologists are concerned with consumer reactions to products or services. Market research requires their evaluation to assess consumer preferences. So they could be working in the marketing research division of a company.
  • Social psychologists study group behaviour, leadership, attitudes and interpersonal perception and again could be in a variety of places.
  • Cognitive psychologists study the brain’s role in memory, thinking and perceptions and involve themselves with research related to artificial intelligence and could be involved in developing new and innovative technologies.
  • Neuro psychologists study the relation between human physical systems and behaviour. These psychologists work in stroke and head injury programs, oncology programs, and medical practices specializing in neurology.
  • Criminology and legal psychologists work in prisons, juvenile centers and special hospitals. They provide a range of rehabilitative programmes through individual as well as group therapy.

Who can do a course in Psychology?

If you are planning to get into the field of Psychology it is better to start early. Get to know of colleges that offer Psychology as a subject right after your 10th standard. This provides you with a better foundation. However you can also begin taking it as a major subject in college.

Some of the Colleges / Institutions in India offering an MA in Psychology

  • North Eastern Hill University, Shillong 793001
  • University of Bihar, Muzaffarpur, Meghalaya 842001
  • Lalit Narayan Mithila University,  Kameshwar Nagar, Darbhanga, Bihar 846008.
  • Kameshwarnagar, Darbhanga, Bihar 840004
  • Magadh University, Bodh Gaya, Bihar 824234
  • Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur, Bihar 812007
  • Ranchi University, Ranchi, Bihar 812007
  • Patna University, Patna, Bihar 812007
  • Sambalpur University, Burla, Orissa 768019
  • Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa 751004
  • Bhopal Vishwavidyalaya, Hoshangabad Road, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462006
  • Vikram University, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh 456010
  • Rani Durgawati Vishwavidyalaya, Rachpedi, Jabulpur, Madhya Pradesh 482001
  • Doctor Hari Singh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh 470002
  • Jiwaji University, Vidyavihar, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh 474002
  • Avadesh Pratap Singh University, Rewa, Madhya Pradesh 492010
  • Ravishankar University, Raipur, Madhya Pradesh 492010
  • Barakatullah Vishwavidyalaya, Hoshangabad Road, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462026
  • Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, 162, Rabindra Nath Tagore Marg, Indore, Madhya Pradesh 452001
  • Agra University, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282004
  • Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh 202001
  • Avadh University, Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh 224001
  • Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221005
  • University of Allahabad, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh 211002
  • Dayalbagh Educational Institute Dayalbagh, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282005
  • Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, P.O. Gurukul Kangri, Hardwar, Uttar Pradesh 249404
  • Garhwal University, Srinagar, Uttar Pradesh 246174
  • University of Gorakhpur, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh 276174
  • Kanpur University, Kalyanpur, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh 208084
  • Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221002
  • University of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226007
  • Meerut University, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh 250001
  • Kumaun University, Nainital, Uttar Pradesh 263001
  • Purvanchal University, Zafarabad Road, Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh 222002
  • Rohilkhand University, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh 243123
  • University of Delhi, Benito Juarez Marg, Near Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi, Delhi 110021
  • Jamia Milia Islamia, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi 110025
  • Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Haryana 124001
  • Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana 132119
  • Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab 430005
  • Punjab University, Sector 14, Chandigarh, Punjab 160014
  • Punjab University, Patiala, Punjab 147002
  • Himachal Pradesh University, Summer Hill, Shimla 171005
  • Jodhpur University, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 313001
  • Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
  • University of Rajasthan, Jaipur 302004
  • M.S. University, Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat 302004
  • Gujarat University, Navarangpura, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380009
  • Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat 388120
  • South Gujarat University, Post Box No.49, Surat, Gujarat 395007
  • Saurashtra University, Rajkot, Gujarat 360005
  • Amaravati University, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431004
  • Marathwada University, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431004
  • Nagpur University, Rabindranath Tagore Marg, Nagpur, Maharashtra 440001
  • University of Pune, Ganeshkhind, Pune , Maharashtra 411007
  • Shivaji University, Vidyanagar, Kolhapur, Maharashtra 416004
  • University of Bombay, MG Road, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400032
  • Bangalore University, Jnana Bharathi, Bangalore, Karnataka 560056
  • University of Mysore, Mysore Viswavidyalaya Karya Soudha, Crawford Hall, P.B. No. 17, Mysore, Karnataka 570005
  • Karnataka University, Dharwad, Karnataka 580003
  • Andhra University, Waltair, Andhra Pradesh 530003
  • Osmania University, Administrative Building, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh 500007
  • Annamalai University, Annamalainagar, Tamil Nadu 608002
  • Bharatiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641046
  • University of Madras, Centemary Building, Chepauk, Chennai 600005
  • University of Calicut, P.O. Malapuram, Dist. Calicut, Kerala 673635
  • University of Kerala, University P.O., Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695034

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Start a Challenging Career in Nanotechnology

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Nanotechnology is a rather recent science that has tremendous potential for the human race, it is believed to have huge potential for areas like manufacturing and production, creating new materials and novel processes.

A combination of numerous sciences, nanotechnology as an emerging science has huge attraction for those who would like to make a career in a challenging cutting edge science.

‘Nano’ in Greek means dwarf. Nanometer (nm) is a unit of measurement used to measure very small particles like atoms and molecules. Nanotechnology is a catch-all phrase for materials and devices that operate at the nanoscale. The worldwide need for nanotechnology workers is expected to reach 2 million by 2015.

The jobs in nanotechnology are likely to be concentrated in the USA, Japan, Europe and Asia Pacific in the initial years. Besides the 2 million jobs, the sector is likely to create another five million jobs worldwide in support fields and industries.

Where are the Career Areas?

It is envisaged that Nanotechnology will have a role in a diverse set of areas. Current applications of nanoscale science and technology, and thus career opportunities, exist in areas such as:

  • Electronics /semiconductor industry
  • Materials science such as textiles, polymers and packaging
  • Auto and aerospace industries
  • Pharmaceuticals including diagnostics and therapeutics  and cosmetics
  • Food science including quality control and packaging
  • Energy:  capture, storage, & use; fuel cells, batteries
  • Environmental remediation:  in conjunction with GM microbes
  • Manufacturing:  self-assembly; “bottom-up” fabrication of novel materials
  • Commerce: Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)  “smart” tags
  • Space exploration:  space elevator
  • Sports equipment
  • Biotechnology
  • Optoelectronics
  • Forensics
  • Military
  • Robotics

What Education is Needed and in Which Fields?

Potential fields of study include:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Environmental Science
  • Agricultural Science
  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Forensic Science
  • Law
  • Business
  • Ethics

Degrees in Nanotechnology in the US

If you would like to do a course or research in nanotechnology in India, they are offered at

  • The Amity Institute of Nanotechnology
  • The Jawaharalal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore;
  • The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore;
  • National Physical Laboratory, Delhi;
  • Solid State Physics Laboratory, Delhi;
  • National Chemical Laboratory, Pune;
  • Central Scientific Instruments Organisation, Chandigarh;
  • Defence Materials Store Research and Development Organisation, Kanpur;
  • Indian Institutes of Technology – Kanpur, Chennai, Guwahati, Delhi and Mumbai;
  • Delhi and Benaras Hindu Universities also offer research opportunities in nanotechnology;


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“So what do you want to become when you grow up”


If you are in your teens, you must have heard this question a hundred times. Parents and grandparents, uncles and aunties, cousins, relatives and friends, all wanting to know what you want to be a few years from now.

I’m not too sure whether people ask this question to amuse themselves or out of a genuine interest, though I’m inclined to believe the former. And it’s unbelievable the pressure I felt, as would most young people heading towards a career choice, each time this question was popped at me.

Not only was I confused about the career choice I should make, but also had to worry about whether it was the seemingly “right choice”. Everybody around was trying to be a doctor, engineer, lawyer, teacher, as if there were no other career choices available and I, like quite a few of you, did not want to be any of them!

Strange, that there are billions employed in millions of little and well known professions, and yet when it comes to making a career choice just about a dozen professions come to mind.

Interestingly, few people end up in professions that have been their childhood dream. Most of us, discover our calling completely by chance! and to think I spent all those months agonizing about which direction I should be heading.

So if you are driving yourself up the wall, trying to find out what is the best career for you, don’t worry, even a vague idea will do, cause it kind of comes along. Don’t let those around pressurize you into making a career choice. Most people I have seen, invariably come around to their hearts choice sooner or later, thought I’d say, its better sooner than later.

There is nothing called a good or bad career choice if your heart is in it, it has to be right, and that brings us to the most important aspect of answering the million dollar question, “what do you want to become when you grow up”

Whether you’d like to believe this or not, the answer to this question lies in your heart, in your interests, in your passions, in your exposure and your childhood formation.

If you want to answer this question being honest to yourself, sit down with a pen and paper, put down what it is that you love doing. If you are used to listening to yourself these are questions you should be able to answer, if not it’s about time you started listening to yourself.

No interest and passion is too far fetched to turn into a career. If you are passionate about movies, you don’t always have to become an actor, or director, you can become a film critique. If you love food, you don’t always have to become a cook, you can be a dietician. If you love planes you don’t always have to fly them, cause you can design them, and the list can go on. The idea is to first listen to yourself, then go beyond the obvious few choices. Research, read and learn about the career you would like to pursue and yes, don’t let those around, pressurize you into living their dreams. This is absolutely your choice 🙂

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