Fastest growing careers in India

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The future: We plan it, we think constantly about it, we worry about it, we dream about it.

The future is always at the back of our minds, especially when it comes to our aims, aspirations and of course our profession. With a dynamically changing job market, these 6 fastest growing careers in India are making some noise with each passing day. Who would have thought of a profession like social media marketer or a community manager or even a marriage counsellor ten years ago? The focus is always on the future, and as some enterprises are on the emergence, jobs in those fields are there for the taking.

Fastest Growing Careers in India by 2020

Fastest growing careers in India
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Let’s take a look at some of the fastest growing careers in India by 2020.

#1. Data Scientists

data scientist

A comparatively new term, coined barely a few years ago, data scientists are usually involved in data generation of a company and develop the all-important insights it needs to garner more business.

With companies across industries striving to bring their research and analysis departments up to a certain level of speed, there is a substantial demand for data scientists across industries. The demand is expected to grow substantially by 2020.

Qualifications: B.E./B.Tech, Bachelors in Statistics or Mathematics with data warehousing skills

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Projected Increase by 2020: 35%

Annual Salary: 8-12 lakhs per annum

#2. Psychological Therapists/ Marriage Counsellors

psychological therapy

Who would have thought of professions like a psychological counsellor or a marriage counsellor even 10 years back?

But these days counselling is a full-time profession and these professionals do make a lot of money. With depression on the rise among urban Indians and marriages falling apart like pack of cards, people often resort to professional help these days.

Mental health counsellors work directly with the client and therapy most often involves talking to the patient and sometimes their families in order to cure mental illnesses or individuals facing problems in their relationships. Mental health counselling will emerge as one of the fastest growing careers in India by 2020.

Qualifications: BA/MA in Clinical Psychology/ Organizational Behaviour

Projected Increase by 2020: 36.3%

Annual Salary: up to 20 lakhs per annum

#3. Veterinarians


Veterinarians are professionals who diagnose and treat animals for diseases. They work with animals providing, preventive, emergency and other medical care. They work with small animals, big animals or both, in setting as varied as individual practices, clinics, zoos and labs.

Experts are of the opinion that, there will be a high demand for veterinarians in the coming years.

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Qualifications: Bachelors/Masters of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry; Bachelors of Fisheries Science

Projected Increase by 2020: 34%

Annual Salary: 3 – 6.5 lakhs per annum

#4. Interpreter and Translators

interpreter and translators

In an age where geography is fast becoming history and the Internet is cutting across all sections of the society, English language seems to be losing its hold gradually. In such scenarios, the job of a translator or an interpreter is increasingly becoming a great career option for many. Interpretation and translators are two closely related linguistic disciplines. The only difference happens to be in the medium: the interpreter translates orally, while a translator interprets written text.

Employment opportunities are aplenty for interpreter and translators. Right from government organization to MNCs having their own chamber of commerce, such professionals can choose to work in various segments.

Qualifications: Degree/Diploma/Certificate courses in Foreign Languages

Projected Increase by 2020: 22%

Annual Salary: 3 – 8 lakhs per annum

#5. Physiotherapists/ Physical Therapists


Considered as an allied health professional service, physiotherapy has a vast range of career options. These professionals help patients reduce pain and help restore mobility to a considerable extent. In many cases, they help recover patients even without expensive surgeries. Physiotherapists usually work directly with the client or may choose to open their own clinic.

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It might come as a surprise, but professional physiotherapy is going to become one of the fastest growing careers in India by 2020 and beyond.

Qualifications: Bachelors/Masters of Physiotherapy from an accredited university

Projected Increase by 2020: 23%

Annual Salary: 2 – 8 lakhs per annum

#6. Biomedical Engineers

biomedical engineers

Biomedical engineering is one of the emerging fields in the world today. Professionals in this field are pretty much in demand as they are responsible for designing systems and products such as artificial organs for the body.

Qualifications: B.E./ B.Tech in Biomedical Engineering from an accredited university

Projected Increase by 2020: 22%

Annual Salary: INR 2 lakhs to INR 8.5 lakhs per annum

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