Should you take up Ayurveda course? Is there scope? Or, you have already an Ayurveda student, then what areas can you concentrate upon?
For an Ayurveda student
If you are an Ayurveda student and thinking, in which area should I go further in future, then you have to do a self analysis.
First point is about your interest.
What area really interests you? In which area do you want to spend your lifetime? Which area will not cause boredom?
Say, you have to work for 10 hours a day, what is that area, in which, even after 10 hours of work, you will not be bored to continue for 2 more hours?
Second point is – in which subjects, you are naturally skilled and dominant?
Nutrition? Yoga? Treatment? Cosmetology? Skincare? Hair care?
If disease treatment, then which set of disorders? Respiratory? woman and child care?
Clinical trial and research? Writing articles? Public speaking?
Pharmaceuticals? Psychiatry and counselling?
Third point is the most difficult to answer.
Which is the less explored Area of Ayurveda?
In which area of Ayurveda, the real future exists? Where, people are going to spend lot of money?
You have to match the market opportunity with your interests and skills.
These are the things that come to my mind.
Huge opportunity for female BAMS students
One area, where I see huge potential is in cosmetics, eye and hair care, manicure and pedicure.
First, join a very good local beauty parlour and learn all things that they do. Do not say that you are an AYurveda doctor. Just learn what they actually do. You can even do this during internship.
Then sit for a month at home and plan Ayurvedic beauty parlour. What Ayurvedic techniques, oils, herbs that you would incorporate?
What techniques you would copy exactly like that beauty parlour?
What changes you would make?
Then open your own beauty parlor.
Name the parlor distinctly, so that people already know that you are different from all other beauty parlors. for example, Dr Shivani’s Ayurvedic Beauty parlor.
Then while doing the all cosmetic things, also start consulting the patients for their other health issues, as well. Then, slowly, in about a year or two, come up with your own unique products and start selling them to your clients.
This is the best path of least resistance that I can think of.
Side by side, learn more about marketing, finance, advertising etc.
Read how to market your Ayurvedic clinic
If you are thinking to take up BAMS
Question: Sir, I’m a school student. I’m in 11th bio-maths. If I choose Ayurveda as my career, will it be helpful? Does this field has scope. Please consider and reply me sir, so that I shall be grateful to you.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself.
1. Are you really interested in becoming an Ayurveda doctor?
2. Are you thinking of pursuing Ayurveda because your parents want you to become a doctor somehow?
If the answer for the first question is no. and the second question is yes, Then, it is best for you to look into something else.
Is there any scope in Ayurveda?
It depends on how your learn, how good a doctor you will become and how well you use opportunities.
You will have to think about – when you become an Ayurveda doctor after 5 and half years of study, can you have the caliber of opening your own clinic and serving the patients.
If you want to go to teaching career in Ayurveda, currently most of the lecturer posts in almost all the colleges are filled up, over that, you will have to post graduation in Ayurveda (another 3 years) to be qualified for a lecturer post.
Another point of view is –
Within 5.5 – 6 years, if you pursue engineering or any other course, you can finish your post graduation.
So, when you compare salary of a post graduate degree candidate of other fields vs salary of a newbie Ayurveda doctor, the salary of the post graduate candidate of other field will obviously have more salary.
So, I would suggest you to think within yourself – whether you really love herbs, herbal medicines, natural way of living, treating patients with illnesses and so on?
If you think you can become a really good Ayurvedic doctor, then you can build up your own scope.
Please have a talk with your parents. May be, visit an Ayurveda college near you and talk to the students. You will start getting some ideas.
Hope my answers were helpful.
Wish you all the success in your life!
Dr JV Hebbar