Courses and Career: Peaking Into Some Lesser Explored Ones

Selecting a future line of study and eventually profession can sometimes become a bit stressful. Or bland. If not many options are known. We all, at some point of time, have dreamt of doing something unique, or tread on, as Robert Frost’s poem title beautifully captures, ‘The Road Not Taken’. Hence, you are being presented with a collection of courses of scientific discipline, which is not mainstream, yet.

  • Ethical Hacking: Wait a second before judging this profession! It is hacking, yes, but for a good cause. Ethical hacking, also known as penetration testing, is used to test the security and susceptibility of an organization’s network to a breach. This usually results in data theft, identity thefts and other cyber crimes. So, the job of an ethical hacker is to identify and possibly, help to rectify the more weak openings in a network. Though, this course can be more unambiguously classified under IT, but in recent times, the subject has carved its own niche in the market, with an ever increasing demand. Ethical hacking courses usually also include other forms of security to impart an holistic understanding of IT security.
  • Geology: One common misconception about this branch of science is that this deals only with rocks. But in reality, it does not! Geology aims to provide a more in depth understanding about the physical and structural development of Earth. It inter relates various disciplines of science in relation to Earth. Geology also encompasses the study of materials and components making up the Earth, including living organisms. It is a lesser known fact, but geology is a vast and diverse study, overlapping with various scientific disciplines. Hence, the geologists have no dearth of options to consider while embarking on a professional journey.
  • Urban planning: Unplanned expansion of a settlement leads to many short and long term issues. And in today’s world, space crunch is a very real problem. So large scale developments need to be planned to have optimum utility and also not cause much harm to the surrounding environment. Here comes in the job of urban planner. The individual might be responsible for things like sustainable designing, good connectivity with other locations, optimum structures with respect to geographical location and climatic conditions, land use planning etc. 
  • Astrobiology: Sounds interesting, right? And it is! Astrobiology deals with the study of the scope of extraterrestrial life in the Universe. The study includes origin, evolution, distribution and future possibility of life across the unending stretch of cosmos. Astrobiologists, alongside other individuals from disciplines like astroecology, astrogeology and biochemistry, analyze these possibilities based on whatever knowledge is obtained about other planets and planetary systems.
  • Pisciculture: India, with an abundance of water bodies, also has a large population of fish consumers. And, obviously with growing demand, sometimes it’s hard to keep up with a constant supply. Hence like the Green Revolution, Blue Revolution happened too in India. It aimed at the development of the aquatic industry, for various purposes. Pisciculture, also known as fish farming, focuses mainly at rearing and breeding fishes in an economic manner, usually as a source of food. Optimum use of water bodies (usually fish tanks or enclosures) is also an important aspect, so that maximum cultivation can be done at minimum permissible limits.