Top 5 Unusual Career Options That Pay Well

Every year, once the dreaded board exams are over, students cannot stop thinking “what next”? (Then the cut-offs come, only to make it worse)

We might not have all the answers but if you want to do something off the track that will help you bring your passion and profession together, then read on!


Do your eyes pop out every time you see a new pair of shoes through the glass cages of your favorite shopping mall? Footwear designing is the perfect career option for all those who have a fetish for shoes. Footwear designing indeed is a new trend. But, with changing times, it is becoming quite a sought after course as a subset to fashion designing.

Salary (approximate) :  Rs 8,000-Rs12,000 per month in domestic company for freshers.


It is one of the most contested and interesting career choices available for this generation. Do you while away your time trying to crack computer codes or snooping into your ex’s social networking account? Now do this very job, ethically, for MNCs and IT companies.

Salary (approximate) : Rs. 300,000 per annum. 


Wine Tasting is one the most intriguing career choices that one can make. If, understanding the complex palette of white, red and sparkling wine along with their rich history, tingle your toes with excitement, then this is the perfect choice for you. Wine tasting can be pursued as a subset of Hotel Management.

Salary (approximate) : Rs.10,000-20,000 per month for qualified newbies in India and go up to Rs. 50,000 with a few years of experience. Global experience as a sommelier may provide a salary of almost a lakh per month.


Do you have a perfectly textured voice that is showered with compliments every time you say ‘hello?’ over the phone or otherwise? Then you might as well put that to good use and make a well paid career out of it!

A voice over artist basically dubs dialogues for television, radio, cinema and other broadcast related industries. This can be pursued as a subset of Mass Communication.

Salary (approximate) : Rs.5000-8000 per episode depending on the complexity and length of the material. Rs.15,000-20,000 for corporate films/documentaries. Rs.25,000-50,000 for commercial full-length films.


Have a flair for sports and love to lend a voice? A Career as a sports commentator does not only help you follow your passion for sports and earn quite a handsome amount of money but also earns you fame once you have made a place in the industry. This can be pursued as a subset of mass communication.

Salary (approximate) : Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 10,000 per day depending upon the length/sport/complexity of the episode. More the experience, the better the salary hike.

There you have it. If you feel the rat race to get into an IIT, the hype over DU or whatever else next-door’s Sharma-ji-da-ladla is doing was never for you, mull over these unbeaten paths and see where they lead you.

Also Read: Course vs College: What should you prefer?


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