Class 12th is a crucial juncture in your academic life. Your foray into any field will have a lifelong effect on your career. So you should venture cautiously. Also, it will be wise to consider all available options before exercising your will in favour of any particular career option. One common suggestion is to select the option which interests you. But what if, the job options related to your interest are less. So your decision should be practical and rational too. After all, it’s a decision for a life. A career option should be evaluated from the long-term perspective and on multiple counts. You should keep in mind several factors such as job opportunities, growth in the sector, average salary, the value of experience and the level of competition while taking career decision.
To make things easier, here is the list for students with PCM (Physics + Chemistry + Mathematics) subject combination. These are the top 10 professional courses for a PCM student after class 12th.
- Engineering courses (B.E. and B.Tech.)
- Architecture (B.Arch.)
- Commercial Pilot course
- Merchant Navy courses
- Bachelor in Computer Applications (B.C.A.)
- Bachelor in Pharmacy
- Career in Physics
- Career in Mathematics
- Career in Defense
Engineering courses are among the largely opted courses for which Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects in class 12th is the eligibility requirement. Huge diversifications of the engineering courses and endless opportunities in the job market drive lakhs of candidates into it every year.
A student can prepare for the IIT JEE entrance exam to get admission in the top-ranked IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology). Besides, there are numbers of private and government engineering colleges to pursue B.E/B. Tech courses. Some popular branches of engineering are computer science, civil, mechanical, electrical, IT, petroleum, and agricultural. One can easily get a job after completing B.E /B. Tech. The average starting salary of an engineer is 3 lakhs per annum.
If you are attracted towards the architectural marvels around the world, this is the path for you. Architecture programme includes learning planning and designing building structures. It is a science and an art of drawing, planning, implementing and construction of the housing structures. The duration of the course is 5 years.
With rapid urbanization, there are a lot of opportunities for architects. They can find employment in government as well as private sector. The work of an Architect includes designing and restoration of buildings such as residential buildings, malls, restaurants, complexes, etc. You can appear in the national level examination NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) conducted by the Council of Architecture, for getting admission in this course. The average starting salary of an architect is 5-6 lakhs per annum.
Commercial Pilot Course
If you have been that science student, who always wished for an adventurous life and possess speedy, calculative and high analytical mind, then becoming a Commercial Pilot can be the best option for you. You can try to get admission into Government College like IGRUA (Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Academy) where fees are reasonable. There are many private colleges where you can learn to fly, but fees charged are often very high. The average starting salary of the commercial pilot is 1 – 1.50 lakh per month.
Merchant navy is not a job rather a passion to pursue. If you are passionate about the sea life, then this is the best course to opt for. You will get the opportunity to see the world, enjoy a variety of food, know different cultures, and earn a high salary as well. The average starting salary in Merchant navy is ₹ 70 – 80,000 per month. You can become captain, navigation in –charge and Assistant captain.
Bachelor in Computer Application (B.C.A.)
A course in computer application has a huge scope. Although, computer science is one of the branches of engineering but for those who are not interested in pursuing engineering can go for a bachelor’s degree in computer application. Computer graduates often get job opportunities in MNCs and draw heavy salaries. They also have good opportunity abroad. With a strong command over programming languages, you can work as a Software Developer, Database Administrator, Network Administrator, System Analyst, Web Designer, App Developer, etc. The average starting salary of a computer engineer is 6 lakhs per annum.
Bachelor in Pharmacy
This is a job oriented course. There is a huge demand of pharmacist in the medicinal field. The student can easily find jobs after the completion of this course. In Pharmacy Courses, students studying about the chemical structure, function, combination, uses, and preparation of the medicines. The average starting salary of a Pharmacist is 4-5 lakhs per annum. Most of them open up their own pharmacy store once they become a licensed practitioner.
Career in Physics
Physics can offer many opportunities for those who excel in the subject. A career in Physics demands strong logical thinking, problem-solving skills and passion for Physics. You can make a career in areas such as Econophysics, Aerospace, Computational Physics, Medical Physics, Nuclear Physics, Data Science and more. You can also go for research or teaching fields. Some top colleges for the best Physics study are IISc Bangalore, IISER, Hansraj College, NISER, Odisha, Presidency University, Kolkata, Banaras Hindu University, and St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.
Career in Mathematics
Which subject do you find the most difficult? For maximum students, the answer to this question is Mathematics. But, for those who love the subject, it is the easiest. If you are among such students, you can make a bright future in fields related to number, data, and computation. A career in Data Science, Insurance, Banking, Stock market, Meteorology, etc. can be considered. Some of the top institutes offering a degree in Mathematics are Indian Statistical Institute, IIT Bombay, IISc Bangalore, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and Delhi Technological University, Delhi.
Career in Defense
If you have the zeal to serve the nation, a career in defence is what you should think about. Considered amongst the most prestigious careers, defence involves protecting the country from external threats. There are three branches – the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force. You can join the defence services by appearing in the National Defense Academy (NDA) entrance examination after class 12th.
There is always a huge demand for teachers in science subjects. Most of the students find science as intricate and complex, so they also look for a good science tutor. For a teaching career, you have to get a graduation degree with good marks. And, after that, you can go for a degree course in education. You can also pursue master’s degree programmes.
Do a complete research on the career option you are interested in. It would be good to take advice from someone already working in the field.