Think beyond Engineering: Other Career Options
Think beyond engineering to explore fulfilling career opportunities in Defence, Management, Architecture, Air Force and Merchant Navy.
As a Science student, your career options do not end at engineering. Think beyond engineering to explore fulfilling career opportunities in Defence, Management, Architecture, Air Force and Merchant Navy. Let’s explore these non-engineering career options for PCM students in detail.
1. Architecture Careers
If you enjoy Maths and Science and can think creatively, a career in architecture can be for you. Architects create design plans for private and public spaces. With a degree in architecture, you can become a landscape architect, industrial architect, spatial designer or architectural technologist. You can prepare for architecture entrance tests with sample question papers that are easily available online.
List of top colleges offering Architecture Courses in India
- IIT Kharagpur
- Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Mumbai
- Jadavpur University, Kolkata
- School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi
- Chandigarh College of Architecture, Chandigarh
2. Scientific Research Careers
You can become an expert in a specific area of Science such as Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry or Biology or an applied area by pursuing an undergraduate course and postgraduate course in the field. Later, pursue a PhD to join a research project in an institution or a corporate firm for building your career in scientific research.
You can have your Eureka moment and become a notable scientist by working on a ground-breaking idea during your doctoral studies. If you have a valuable research idea, you can find investors to fund your research for a significant scientific discovery. Alternatively, you can join a research lab to work with other scientists on critical research projects for scientific advancement in your area of expertise.
List of top colleges and government organisations offering Scientific Research opportunities
- Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
- All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
- DRDO, Delhi
- Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
- Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata
3. Merchant Navy Careers
If you constantly dream about adventures in the sea and navigating the earth by ship, pursuing a Merchant Navy course to join a shipping company may interest you. You would start out as a trainee, and as your experience increases, you can progress from officer grade levels and even become the Ship’s Captain. With a Science background, you can explore several training opportunities to embark on a sea-faring career which would include journeys on a passenger, cargo, cruise or container ship.
After Class 12, you can choose a BE in Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering for careers in the merchant navy. To join the ship crew without an engineering degree, you need to complete relevant training programmes at top maritime institutes after Class 12.
List of best Merchant Navy colleges offering courses for careers in the Merchant Navy
- Maritime Training Institute, Mumbai
- Vels School of Maritime Studies, Chennai
- Institute of Technology & Marine Engineering, Kolkata
- Maharashtra Academy of Naval Education and Training (MANET), Pune
- College of Engineering, Andhra University
4. Defence Careers
If you want to join the army as an officer, you can appear for the NDA and NA Examination held by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Once you clear the tough entrance exams, you will have to go through rigorous training at the National Defence Academy (NDA). Defence careers may not be easy, but there is a sense of unspoken pride which comes from wearing the military uniform.
You don’t necessarily have to fight wars for a successful career in defence. Some of the defence career opportunities you can also explore are Army Linguist, Army Nurse, Army Automotive Maintenance Warrant Officer etc.
5. Aviation Careers
If you are enthusiastic about flying, then explore the pilot training courses. Training from reputed flying schools can help you to get a pilot’s licence for flying passenger aeroplanes or chartered flights and helicopters for private companies.
However, you have to pass the NDA and NA exams for a career in the Indian Air Force (IAF). You can access the sample papers of NDA on TopperLearning to prepare for the NDA exam. Also, candidates interested in joining the IAF can do so after Class 12 or after graduation. Note that to be eligible for IAF, you should have studied Physics and Mathematics in Class 11 and Class 12.
6. Business Administration Careers
Begin your business career with a BBA degree. The different business majors you can choose are Sales, Marketing, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Operations, HR and Information Systems. A management graduate can climb the corporate ladder as a Sales Manager, HR Manager, Marketing Manager, Finance Manager or Business Manager. Based on your specialisation, you can explore profiles where you could use your creativity to build brands or improve the profitability of a business with analytical skills.
Another challenging yet highly satisfying career route with a business degree is entrepreneurship. If you have a brilliant business idea, launch your company and become an entrepreneur.
List of top Management Institutes in India for Management Studies
- Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata
- Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
- Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode
- Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow
- Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru
To sum up, you don’t need an engineering degree for exploring lucrative career opportunities. There are diverse fields such as Scientific Research, Architecture, Business etc. where you can grow as a respected professional. If the idea of joining the Army, Navy or Air Force excites you, then go for it. Nobody can stop you from achieving your dreams if you put your heart into achieving it.
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