Home Science is both an art and science that deals with various aspects of modern housekeeping. This field of study deals with many disciplines such as chemistry, physics, physiology, biology, hygiene, economics, rural development, child development, sociology and family relations, community living, art, food, nutrition, clothing, textiles and home management. If you have a logical mind and a balanced attitude with realistic approach, then you can opt for a career in Home Science. Creativity with artistic visualization can be an added advantage. Growing awareness of health, diet, and lifestyle has augmented preference towards this field.
As this subject is scientific in nature, one must possess a practical approach, aesthetic, creative and rational attitude an analytical mind and scientific insight in this field. Separate courses in various branches of Home Science are available which include food, nutrition and dietetics, rural community extension, child development, family relation, textiles and clothing, home management, home science education and extension.
Eligibility to pursue a career in this field is a pass in 10+2 or graduation. Various under graduate as well as post graduate level programs are available in this field. Minimum qualification required to pursue Bachelors program in home science is 10+2 with biology or home science as a subject of study. One must have a graduation degree in any field to opt for a post graduate degree/diploma program. So, after completing B.Sc. degree course, you can continue further with the 2-year M.Sc course and opt for specialization.
Institutes offering Home Science Courses in India:
- D.K Government College for Women (Andhra Pradesh)
- Assam Agricultural University (Assam)
- Lady Irwin College (New Delhi)
- Institute of Home Science (New Delhi)
- S.M Patel College (Gujarat)
- Nirma Niketan College (Maharashtra)
- Ginni Devi Modi Girls (P.G) College (Uttar Pradesh)
- Viharilal College (West Bengal)
- Jwari Devi Birla Institute (West Bengal)
- Sri Vithalbhai Thackersey Collegee (Maharashtra)
- Seth P.T. Mahila College (Gujarat)
- Holy Cross (Tamil Nadu)
The study of Home Science offers openings for Careers related to:
- Technical jobs
- Teaching jobs
- Sales jobs
- Service jobs
Professionals can work in the field of production, tourism or service. Postgraduates in this field can opt for teaching. Scholars can work as nutrition consultants, research assistants, food scientists, demonstrators or food analysts. One can get employed in food preservation production unit of any hotel, tourist resort, restaurant, food industry or take up a career in sales promotion of food products, baby foods and ready to cook foodstuffs. Thus, to get successfully self employed, one must update the applications of the discipline and anticipate emerging demands.
Professional can expect a salary ranging from 10, 000 to Rs15000 per month in the beginning. Added experience can bring a hike in the salary. Thus, more people are opting for building a career in this field as it aims at accomplishing and maintaining the welfare and well being of both home and family life.