Science, and in specific mathematics, opens doors to many opportunities in life. Disciplines other than engineering are less explored partially because engineers cover a major part of the industrial sector. However, engineering is a rather competitive field and requires a high degree of skilled and specialized knowledge of the ever-emerging technological advancements. This has awakened many students to opt for other career options apart from Engineering which they can pursue with their skills of mathematical reasoning and logic.
Career options apart from Engineering for PCM students are as follows:
1. Commercial Pilot
The Aviation Industry presents many career options such as aircraft maintenance, B. Sc in Aviation, Diploma courses and of course, the commercial pilot. The lucrative job of a pilot is filled with responsibility and hard work. Being a successful pilot requires great decision-making skills, Intellectual ability to tackle worst situations, discipline, leadership skills and above all, proficient technical knowledge. Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi(IGRUA)- Delhi, Bombay Flying Club- Mumbai, Ahmedabad Aviation and Aeronautics Ltd.- Ahmedabad are some top flying schools in India.
2. Computer Application
Computer application is definitely a trending field in today’s world where everything is going online. It is one of the popular Career options apart from engineering for students who opted for PCM in school. Diverse options are available in the software industry such as web development, database management, application testing, system analyst, ethical hacking and much more. You can pursue the Bachelors of Computer Applications(BCA) followed by post-graduation degree of Masters of Computer Applications(MCA). Several premier colleges offer these courses.
Remember Sheldon and Leonard in Big Bang Theory, calling themselves as Physicist? Well, it all starts with a career in Physics. You can pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in physics followed by a Master of Science(M.Sc.) in its sub-fields such as nuclear physics, fluid physics, Plasma physics, optical physics and various others. A physicist can pursue a career in Research and development or teaching. It has Indian Institute of Science(IISc) in Bangalore is a world-renowned institute for research and development with several patents to its name.
A career in astronomy can be pursued in various ways. Most institutes offer a B. Tech course in Aerospace engineering and other courses with specialization in Avionics. Another option is to pursue an M. Sc degree in Astronomy or Astrophysics after graduation. IIST (Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology) offers a 5-year dual degree program with graduation in Engineering physics and post-graduation specializations.
Indian Institute of Astrophysics, National Space Science Centre, the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics are some leading research institutes in this domain.
Mathematics, needless to say, is very important in any field of research. A Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in mathematics followed by a Master of Science(M.Sc.) degree opens the door to many opportunities in the fields of astronomy, cryptology, numeric analysis, efficient algorithms, machine learning, etc. Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO), Defense Research and Development Organisation(DRDO), Institute of Mathematical Sciences(IIMSc), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research(TIFR) are some well-known research institutes.
If you are willing to pursue a major in Chemistry, you can get a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in chemistry for graduation, followed by a Master of Science(M.Sc.) degree for post-graduation. Chemistry covers a vast number of sub-field such as Crystallography, Cheminformatics, Nanotechnology, Biochemistry, Forensics, Nuclear Chemistry, Metallurgy, Environmental Chemistry, Food Processing, etc. under its Umbrella. Indian Institute of Science(IISc), Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Central Electro Chemical Research Institute are some famous institutes for research in chemistry.
7. Animation and Multimedia
The animation is basically a process of causing the illusion of motion by rapid changes in frames or images. You can pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Animation and Digital Art which cover topics of Digital Filmmaking, Visual Effects, Gaming and multi-dimensional Animation. National Institute of Design(NID) offers courses in Animation Film Design. NIIT(National Institute for Information Technology) is one of the top institutes providing a specialized program on animation. Read our article on Animation as a career option to know about this option in detail.
Designing presents numerous option such as interior design, fashion, jewelry, graphic, web designing, and many more. Besides, several colleges around India offer Bachelor of Design( B.Des) as well as Master of Design(M.Des) degrees in respective branches of designing. National Institute of Design( NID) is a leading institute with several branches across India. It conducts its separate entrance exam which is usually in the month of December or January. Know more about Graphic Designing as a Career option.
Creative people with critical problem-solving abilities can opt for architecture. The Bachelor of Architecture(B.Arch) degree covers computer-aided design and drafting, construction methods, structures using the concepts of mathematics and physics. One has to give NATA (National aptitude test for architecture) to get into most leading colleges like School of Planning and Architecture- New Delhi and CEPT institute- Ahmedabad. One can also apply for architecture in IIT based on their JEE main–paper 2 score.
10. Defense Services
There is no other career that brings as much pride in serving the country as the Defense services. You can join the Army, Navy or the Air Force. One can apply for NDA (National Defense Academy) by giving the entrance exam of NDA conducted by Union Public Service Commission(UPSC). It is conducted twice in a year for students with an eligibility criterion of 10+2 with physics and mathematics and 16 ½ -19 years of age.
Before making any decisions about your career, look for more options. Having a science stream does not necessarily means that you’re only left with engineering. Explore other options as well and at the end do whatever suits you the best.