Undoubtedly, the craze for engineering and medical courses was at its peak when students, especially of science background, had limited options in other streams/courses of such repute. Needless to say about, the day a student clears the medical or engineering entrance, he is elevated to the status of an honourable entity in the society, because these two courses bring honour to a student and his/her family besides offering a lucrative career option.
However, the scenario has changed now. Though a number of people still like to go for medical and engineering, these two disciplines have reached their saturation point. This has prompted many students to look for other academic avenues that can satisfy their creative spirit while also offering great career prospects in future.
They rather opt for numerous other reputed courses which also have wide scope and have been proven to be lucrative career options. Today, there are a large number of career options for a student after qualifying XII with a PCM or a PCB combination. Apart from enabling you to attempt the Medical or Engineering entrance exams, having a science background also provides you an edge over others because you can change your stream anytime you want. You can choose your favourite subjects and opt for any course you want.
For the benefit of young students, we have listed down some popular career options and alternative disciplines that can help you pick the right path to success apart from engineering and medical streams.
1. B.Sc. with career prospective streams
If you find yourself good in PCM or PCB, have scored well in them, and are interested in pursuing degree courses pertaining to these subjects, you have many options in doing Bachelor of Science in such prospective streams as:
• B.Sc. Animation and Multimedia
Today, it has evolved into a very popular career option in India. Filmmakers and animation companies are investing profusely into this sector. Starting monthly salary for an Animation & Multimedia graduate fluctuates from Rs.15,000 to 20,000 which continues to be on rise with individual’s experience and standard of the companies.
• B.Sc. Aviation
Aviation science pertains to the study, design and operation of flight capable machine (aircraft, helicopters, gliders etc). An Aviation graduate can become Pilot (must possess Commercial Pilots License), Flight Attendant, Air Traffic Controller, Aircraft maintenance professional, Cargo Manager, Airport Ground Duty Manager etc.
• B.Sc. Electronics and Communication
An Electronics and Communication graduate has a plethora of opportunities in such sectors as Civil Aviation, Indian Telephone Industries, Telegraph Department, Railways, DRDO, Telecommunication, and various other sectors. The initial salary for a fresh employee starts from Rs. 10,000 which increases according to performance and seniority.
• B.Sc. Nautical Science
Nautical science is related to Maritime studies, offering adventurously and financially rewarding career. After the completion of the course, one may go to become Navigation Officer or Merchant Navy ships. Generally, starting monthly salary varies from Rs.30,000 to Rs.50,000. This figure increases with seniority and promotions.
• B.Sc. Biotechnology
This is a combination of both Engineering and Biology subjects. There is a world of opportunities after the completion of this course. As predicted by the surveys and projections, the employment potential in the biotechnology sector is all set to boom in coming years with creation of lakhs of jobs in the biotech sector. A biotechnology graduate can anticipate an average monthly salary of Rs.20,000 in a typical pharmaceutical firm.
Apart from the ones listed above, you can also opt for any of the other B.Sc courses listed below which have tremendous potential to become a lucrative career option.
2. B. Arch
A 5-year course, Bachelor of Architecture is a branch that deals with planning and construction of buildings, commercial structures, public utility structures and so forth. An Architecture graduate can be absorbed in MNCs and leading players that operate in the construction sector. In this field, you can become Chief Architect, Assistant Architect, Resource Manager, Planning and Design professional, Consultant etc. A fresher in this field can earn Rs.15,000 per month; after 4 to 5 years of experience, the salary may go up to Rs.60-80,000 or even above this figure.
Bachelor of Business Administration has no relevance with science stream. However, science stream students can pursue this 3-year course. After its completion, one may pursue M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) which is a two-year masters degree programme. Mostly, job opportunities are in private sector. With seniority and performance, a B.B.A. graduate can be promoted to managerial posts. The job profiles that a graduate holding a B.B.A. degree can opt for include HR Management, Material Management, Administrative roles etc. In the beginning, some government organisations pay a B.B.A. degree holder around Rs.15,000 per month. After 4-5 years of experience, the monthly salary may rise to Rs.20,000 to 25,000. In private sector, it depends upon the employers.
4. Commercial Pilot Training
After qualifying in Class XII Board Exam, students with good knowledge and scores in Mathematics may opt for Commercial Pilot Training and become a Commercial Pilots. To become a pilot, they will have to join a Flight Training School to get training. Duration of course may vary from one institute to other. Generally, it lasts from 2 to 3 years. In India, following are the top commercial pilot trainings institutes:
• A.J. Aviation Academy, Bengaluru
• Hindustan Aviation Academy, Bengaluru
• Rajiv Gandhi Aviation Academy, Hyderabad
• Indian Aviation Academy, Mumbai
• Wings College of Aviation Technology, Pune
• Ahmadabad Aviation & Aeronautics, Ahmadabad
• Indian Institute of Aeronautics, New Delhi
• Kompass Aviation, New Delhi
• Indian Institute of Aeronautical Science, Kolkata
• National College of Aviation, Patna
After the completion of the training, one may get the job of a Ferry Pilot or Commercial Pilot in Private or Nationalised Airline companies. Depending upon the airline, the monthly salary of a Commercial Pilot may vary from Rs.50,000 to 200,000.
5. Undergraduate Diploma in Fashion & Apparel Designing
It is a 3-year academic program leading to a B.Sc. degree. It has a practical approach-based curriculum which includes fashion shows, advanced study of sketching and designs that starts from sketching and cutting on paper, seminars and regular interactions with celebrities from the Fashion Industry. There is wide scope starting with the basics and ends with an all-encompassing outlook of the abundant career opportunities available in this industry. A monthly salary/income of a fashion designer starts from around Rs.30,000 and may go to whopping in lakhs also.
6. Various Diploma Course
If you could not get into medical or engineering streams of degree courses, you can proceed for admission in Diploma Engineering in a variety of disciplines. Thus, after the completion of your diploma, you can go for a degree. However, apart from the traditional Diploma Engineering programs, you may opt for numerous other job-oriented diploma courses also. As far as the duration of the course is concerned, some may last for a few months while some may take more than a year. Following are some selected job-oriented courses, you may pursue after doing your XII with Science stream:
• Diploma in Animation and Multimedia
• Diploma in Print Media Journalism
• Diploma in Event Management
• Diploma in Fashion Designing
• Diploma in Jewellery Designing
• Diploma in Interior Designing
• Diploma in Retail Management
• Diploma in Yoga Education
• Diploma in Education Technology
• Diploma in Banking and Finance
• Diploma in English Teaching
• Diploma in Biotechnology
• Diploma in Film making, Video production and Editing
In addition to the above best job-oriented diploma courses, you may get good jobs and you may go for further studies in the respective streams to earn bachelor, master and even doctorate degrees even while doing the job.