Traditionally a degree in English language is considered a passport to lucrative job opportunities. The prospects have only got better with the outsourcing of jobs by the US and UK into India. Adding to this is the boom in the Indian Economy that has increased the demand of professionals adept in English language.
Course Details for career in English Language
The minimum requirement for having a lucrative job with English is a Bachelor’s Degree in English. The minimum qualification for getting into a degree program is 10+2 pass in any stream. The B.A. in English is of three years. Upon completion of this, one can pursue higher studies like Master’s Degree, M.Phil. and Ph.D. Such courses offer more lucrative job options. Besides educational qualification, one should have keen interest in poems, novels, essays and grammars.
Career Prospects in English Language
A graduate in English may start his career as a translator/interpreter in media houses, research institutes, industrial houses and government agencies like Ministry of External Affairs and embassies of foreign countries. They can also work as tourist guides in tour and travel agencies or can work independently. There are also ample opportunities for linguists as online content writer, technical translators and decoders. They also can join various jobs available in the field of entertainment, public relation, mass communication, BPO's and KPO's. However, English language Graduates and Post Graduates can take up teaching in schools, colleges and universities. They also can start private tutorials and coaching institutes for English language.
English language translators get Rs 50 to Rs 100 per page while interpreters in English language get Rs 300 to Rs 500 per hour. Teachers in English languages can earn Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 per month or even more depending upon their qualification and experiences. English language graduates working in tour and travel industry can earn Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 per month. There are different pay scales for English graduates in media and publishing houses.
Institutes Offering courses in English Language
Almost all colleges and Universities in India offer several courses (B.A/M.A/M.Phil/PhD) in English language. Besides there are many open universities which offer various courses in English most importantly Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi; Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Ahmedabad; and Dr B.R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad. In Orissa Degree and Post graduation course in English language is provided by Utkal University, Sambalpur University, Berhampur University and Fakir Mohan University.