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Offbeat & Interesting Career Options in India


For all those who hack friends’ social networking accounts for “fun”, for those who are good at cracking passwords and unlocking a locked system, those who spend a majority of their time experimenting with various codes – this is a great way to put those grey cells to a good use. You can breach the security of computer systems and get paid for it!

Many big companies look for ethical hackers for various security purposes. You need to have a good knowledge of coding in different programming languages. You can start your career by interning for an organization and then convert it to a permanent job. The average salary ranges between Rs.2-5 lakhs for a fresher, and after an experience of five to six years, you can easily command a salary of Rs. 10-12 lakhs annually, depending upon your skills.

Where to apply?

Institutes like Indian School of Ethical Hacking and Institute of Information Security offer various courses in ethical hacking. There is a short course of 15 days offered by Arizona Infotech in Pune. It is important that you don’t have any criminal record because the course is all about trust and companies wouldn’t like to leave their security in the hands of someone who can’t be trusted.


A good spa relaxes your body and takes you to a different world. Spa management and training is something we haven’t heard many people doing. So, where do Spa companies get these awesome masseurs and therapists? A spa training institute will teach you everything you need to know about a good spa and how you can make a career at it.

A masseur or therapist can earn around Rs.10,000 as a fresher, and the income increases as you gain more experience. When you have a degree or a proper training, the pay scale can be higher than those without a certificate.

Where to apply?

Ananda spa institute in Hyderabad is a good option to go for. The institute teaches you seven types of courses and offers an eight month diploma course. Orient Spa Academy in Jaipur has a tie up with a spa academy in Bangkok and it offers students a chance to do a couple of weeks’ course in Thailand. There are several other spa academies in Mumbai, Delhi, Mangalore and other cities that will offer you interesting courses to opt for.

Annabel Spa Institute in Kerala is offering a Diploma in Spa Management course for selected students, free of charge. The course is recognized by the Government of India. You can visit their website for further details.


What could be better than tasting awesome teas and getting paid for it? Working as a tea Tester can be high paying if you get the right opportunity. You can get a starting salary of Rs.50,000 per month in a five star hotel. The Tester not only tastes the tea but also gives advice, does branding, and has a good knowledge of cultivation and manufacturing.

Where to apply?

There are many colleges that offer degree and diploma courses in tea management. Some of them are- Birla Institute of Futuristic Studies, Dipras Institue of Professional Studies, Assam Agricultural University, Indian Institute of Plantation Management, The Tea Research Association, The Tea Tasters Academy. Indian Institute of Plantation Management Bangalore also offers a certificate course in Tea Tasting and Marketing.


These people add flavors to the food and make it taste good. The job will require mixing of various ingredients to make a unique flavor and not just this the responsibilities also require you to have a good knowledge of aroma chemicals, essential oils, plant extracts etc. This career is closely related to chemistry and those who have a background in chemistry are best suited for this. A Flavorist has job opportunities in various sectors like food & beverages, cosmetics, fragrance, toothpaste, etc. Salary for a fresher is around Rs.15, 000 which will increase as per the experience.

Where to apply?

Some of the colleges that offer a course in this field are – Indian Institute of Hospitality and Management, Mumbai; SRM University: Department of Food Process Engineering, Ghaziabad, UP and Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore.

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