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Off-beat is not off the radar

20 Feb 2019 | 8:18 AM

What is common between Podiatry, Speech Therapy, Radio Jockeying, Cartography, and Occupational Therapy? Well, one common thing is that all these fall in the category of uncommon career options.

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What is common between Podiatry, Speech Therapy, Radio Jockeying, Cartography, and Occupational Therapy? Well, one common thing is  that all these fall in the category of uncommon career options. As a student or parent you must have heard about these but very few would make any of these as their first career choice. Gauri Chhabra takes a look at these ‘little-heard-of’ careers that have a strong impact in the changing job scenario:

Speech therapist

Speech therapy is an allied branch of health sciences related to the disorder of speech, voice, and language of a person. Speech therapy and audiology have become promising career options in recent times. Speech therapists are specialists who treat people facing problems related to speech disorders. 

Course details

In India, you can study speech therapy and audiology together at the bachelor’s as well as the master’s level. Postgraduate programmes with specialisation either in speech-language pathology or audiology are also offered. Several courses on speech therapy are available for interested students. The basic courses are BSc (speech & hearing), BSc (Audiology and Speech & Language), and MSc (Speech Pathology and Audiology). The qualifications required for pursuing a course in speech therapy are:

  • For pursuing a diploma course a candidate must pass the Plus II examination
  • An undergraduate course for three years requires a candidate to have passed Class XII with English, physics, chemistry, and biology preferably with 50%-60% of marks. The cut off marks vary with institutes.

Institute watch

The Rehabilitation Council of India, New Delhi, governs all institutes imparting training in speech therapy, and on http://ishaindia.org.in/ of the Indian Speech and Hearing Association, a national professional organisation of speech therapists.

  • Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped, Mumbai, and regional centers in Kolkata, Secunderabad and New Delhi are offering BSc Hearing and language and MSc Hearing, Speech and Language courses.
  • All India Institute of Speech & Hearing, Mysore
  • BYL Nair Hospital and Medical College, Mumbai
  • Dr. SRC Institute of Speech and Hearing, Bangalore 
  • Dr. MV Shetty Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mangalore 

PODIATRY   

Podiatry is an exciting choice that offers you the chance to make a difference. It also has a high degree of flexibility and excellent employment prospects. Podiatrists treat a variety of foot and ankle ailments, including calluses, ingrown toenails, heel spurs, arthritis, congenital foot, and ankle deformities, and arch problems. They also treat foot and leg problems associated with diabetes and other diseases. Some podiatrists spend most of their time performing surgery, such as foot and ankle reconstruction. Others may choose a specialty such as sports medicine, pediatrics, or diabetic foot care.

Course details

Candidates must have passed Plus II or its equivalent, from a recognised board, with physics, chemistry, and biology as compulsory subjects, in order to seek admission in a bachelor’s degree programme in medicine. They are required to take and qualify in the medical entrance examination, conducted by various institutions across India.  

Podiatric medicine is offered as a four-year programme, which follows a curriculum similar to the one followed at other medical schools. The first two years educate students on basic sciences, such as anatomy, chemistry, pathology, and pharmacology. The latter two years comprise clinical rotations at private practices, hospitals, and clinics. 

Here, the interns are taught the basic and modern ways of noting down general and podiatric histories, performing routine physical examinations, interpreting tests and findings, making diagnoses, and carrying out therapeutic procedures.

Graduates who successfully complete the podiatric medicine course are awarded the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree. This is followed by a 2-4 year residency programme at a hospital wherein podiatrists are taught how to execute surgery and other medical processes, like anesthesiology or radiology. It is during this period that one has to choose his specialised field, namely, geriatrics, pediatrics, biomechanics, surgery, sports medicine, dermatology, radiology, orthopedics, and primary care. After completing the residency programme, podiatrists are licensed to practice in their chosen field.

Besides this there are also diploma courses in this field. The Institute of Public Health and Hygiene, New Delhi  is offering diploma in podiatry.


Radio Jockey

Radio jockeying is a talent- based field. Even though no formal educational qualification is required, a degree or at least plus two is generally a prerequisite. Qualification for Diploma & Post Graduate Diploma in Radio Programming & Broadcast Management: graduate in any field with 60% aggregate in graduation.

Entrance exam for RJ courses is conducted by Encompass Institute of Radio Management. Some other institutes also conduct their own screening test, voice test in the case of certificate courses. Following are some of the courses in Radio Jockeying

  • Diploma and Certificate course in Radio Jockey
  • Diploma in Radio Management
  • Diploma in Radio Programming and Management
  • Diploma in Radio Station Operations and Management
  • Certificate Course in Announcing, Broadcasting, Compere  and Dubbing
  • Certificate Course in Radio Production Programme

Institute watch

  • Academy of Radio Management, New Delhi
  • Xavier Institute of Communication Mumbai.
  • Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi
  • Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi
  • FILM Institute New Delhi

Occupational Therapy   

An occupational therapist is responsible for providing medical help and/or rehabilitation to individuals suffering from functional disabilities that prevent them from leading fully functional and healthy, independent lives, in the workplace and/or at home. 

Occupational therapy employs various exercises and physical and mental activities meant to challenge and thereby further improve and develop motor and sensory perception, judgment and problem-solving skills, cognition, hand functions, and hand-eye coordination. Patients with physical limitations that cannot be healed or cured are taught how to circumvent those limitations  through physical or mental exercises, or by using specially designed devices.

Institute watch

  • Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
  • National Institute for the Orthopaedically Handicapped, Kolkatta, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, B.Sc. (Hons) Occupational Therapy
  • Christian Medical College, (Tamil Nadu), Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (BOT) 
  • Swami Vivekanand National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research (SVNIRTAR), Cuttack, 
  • NIMS College of Physiotherapy, Jaipur.
  • National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research (NIRTAR), Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (BOT)
  • Manipal University, Manipal, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (BOT), Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

CARTOGRAPHY

Cartographers use information from surveys, photographs and other reports that they have gathered and created for the purpose of creating a new digital map or updating existing ones. These professionals use global positioning systems (GPS), computer-aided design (CAD) programmes and specialised mapping software to create maps for a variety of purposes. Cartographers typically do fieldwork to collect and verify data used in creating maps. They will also collect and analyse geographical data, such as population density, demographic characteristics, and annual precipitation patterns; examine and compile data from ground surveys, reports, aerial photographs, and satellite images to prepare thematic maps and prepare thematic maps in digital or graphic form to be used for social, environmental, political, business, educational, and design purposes.

As for academic qualifications, you could get a BSc Geography, MSc Geography, MSc Applied Geography, MSc Spatial Information Technology, MSc Cartography, MSc Geographic Information System, MSc Remote Sensing, MSc Geoinformatics, MTech Geoinformatics, PG Diploma in GIS, Cartography, Surveying and mapping/topographic/earth sciences or urban and land studies before applying for jobs.

Institute scape

  • IIT, Mumbai
  • Burdwan University —  Bardhaman (Master of Science — Remote Sensing & Geographic Information System)
  • Indian Institute of Technology (Mumbai)
  • Jamia Millia Islamia — Diploma in Cartography
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Technical University
  • MS University of Baroda  — Diploma in Cartography
  • North Orissa University — Baripada (Master of Science in Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System)
  • Osmania University — Diploma in Geographical Cartography
  • Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University —  Raipur (Post Graduate Diploma in Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System)
  • SH Institute of Agriculture — Allahabad (Post Graduate Diploma in Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System)

Summing up

If you wish to step into a career that is offbeat and gives you a high impact, choose any of the above and watch your career soar high.

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