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Career options in arts?

With the end of the Class 10th Examination, we as students are faced with one of the most important decisions of our life – which stream to choose next- Science, Commerce or Arts/Humanities. And in our Indian Society, any other career choice apart from Science is met with frowns and disappointment from our Parents, Teachers and of course how can we forget ‘Opinions’ of relatives, especially if you choose Arts/Humanities. In a society that worships Science choosing ‘Arts/Humanities’ as a discipline is met with several perceptions, arguments and even pressure from our elders. The most common counter reply that comes with choosing Humanities is going to be- do you want to be a teacher, because what else can you pursue?

But this is an Absolute Myth that you cannot have a ‘good job’ if you take up Arts or Humanities. In fact in Humanities, each subject has its own vivid career options, and this is what we are dedicating our second blog too- Career Options in Arts.


Humanities as a discipline in the simplest manner can be described as the discipline which deals with different aspects of our social world, therefore they are also referred to as Social Sciences because they try to decipher the dynamics and forces of our social world in a scientific manner. The main subjects that it encompasses within it are –History, Political Science, Geography, Economics, Sociology, and Psychology, or any language; and each of these subjects is termed as ‘sister social science subjects’ because of how interrelated they are. For eg: when we study about the current political systems/affairs of any society (which forms the subject matter of political science), the study would be incomplete if the historical processes involved aren’t dealt with, or for example, if we are studying a particular community ( something sociology deals with), we have to know about their origin, the collective psychological process, the state of their community is also a factor of the geographic distribution of resources, etc. This interconnecting aspect has in fact given rise to various Interdisciplinary subjects which make comprehension and knowledge in the various fields more vivid and enriching.


As mentioned earlier the specialty of Humanities as a discipline is that every subject has its own diverse career options whether its Political Science as a core subject or an Interdisciplinary subject like that of Development Studies- each discipline has its own niche.

Options in Economics

While Economics among all the subjects has the highest number of opportunities available- be it in the Corporate World or even in various Government Organizations, Banks, Livelihood and welfare projects, etc or even go for Indian Economic Services under UPSC.

Options in History  

History as a subject in the simplest term deals with the study of the Past. And the study of history becomes very relevant to understand the contemporary happenings of the present society, as our past molds the present. There are various specializations to it again based on chronology- Ancient History, Medieval History, Modern History, and specializations based on its realms-Political History, Social History, and Economic History. Career Options in History can be as diverse from Research as a Historian, to being an Archaeologist, Museology. This opens plenty of opportunities in Academia, in Government Organizations, in Think Tanks, in Independent Research Groups, etc. History also becomes one of the best subjects to opt for if you eventually plan for UPSC.

Options in Political Science 

Political Science again in the very lucid language is the branch of Social Science which deals with the Political Processes and Political Structures of the Society. Options are again very vivid and diverse depending upon the area of interest. One could go in the lines of Public Policy, to International Relations, become a Political Analyst, and pursue Research. Common places to get employed range from Academia to Think Tanks, to Government Organizations and even UN bodies.

Options in Sociology

Sociology is the subject dealing with the study of Society. If the underpinnings and social process and the study and functioning of social institutions fascinate you, then this is the subject. Research becomes one of the niche areas to pursue as a Sociologist- opening up opportunities in Academia, Think Tanks, Independent Research Organizations. Sociologists also have options in various social welfare organizations, NGOs, in CSR sectors, and UN organizations.

Options in Psychology

Psychology is the science of studying Human Mind and Behavior. With the growing awareness around mental health and behavioral sciences, the scope and opportunities around this subject have increased magnificently. Today almost every organization requires a psychologist to have a better understanding of Human Behavior. One can pursue a career in Clinical, Counseling, Organizational and work for Schools, Companies, Educational Institutions, pursue Research, in Hospitals or in Government Departments, and also UNICEF, WHO, etc.

A career in Interdisciplinary Lines

Interdisciplinary Lines are gaining growing recognition today because of the realization that while studying any particular facet of the society, it becomes important to not have a restricted approach. Gender Studies, Development Studies, Labour, Public Policy, Social Work are few to name. Interdisciplinary Lines again have opportunities career-wise based on the niche and the area of work but common career opportunities lie in the Social Development SectorCommon areas of work for each of them would be in Think Tanks, Research, Academia, in Corporate Sector through Human Resource or in Corporate Social Responsibilities, Consultants to Government Projects, in International Organizations like UN, UNESCO, WHO, etc.

Other Career Options?

Apart from that, you can always choose to go for Law- BA.LLB, or pursue a career in Fashion Technology, Design or can go Marketing lines BBA/MBA, and always choose to sit for Government Recruiting Exams like SSC, Bank, or the UPSC exams.

For most of these exams, there are entrances conducted respectively for admission into Government Institutes for these courses. Like for Law, the Common Law Admission Test CLAT serves as the gateway to the National Law Universities (NLU's). Similarly, the National Institute of Design conducts the NID Design Aptitude Test (NID DAT). National Institute of Fashion Technology conducts it's own entrance examinations. For these courses, there are some reputed private colleges conducting their separate examinations. For BBA the admission varies with some Institutes having their respective entrances to some Colleges providing admission on basis of merit. One needs to keep a tab on the conduction of these entrance exams accordingly. 


To develop a career in these fields, it is important to know that a Bachelors is not enough. To add to your market value, it becomes essential for you to pursue a Masters's at least- as that would open up job opportunities.

However, for many options like UPSC and Bank Examinations or even in Designing, being a graduate is the eligibility criteria. Ultimately what determines your success in any field is how dedicated and passionate you are in your field. Perseverance, Effort, and Hard work would definitely help you reach Success.


How can Steerme help?

Want to know in detail about each of these subjects and the Career Opportunities in Them? Then book a call today and get connected with our Mentors from Premier Arts Colleges of India, to have all your doubts answered.

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