Top High Paying Courses After Class 12th - Science, Commerce, and Arts

Last Modified: 13 Jun 2024

By passing class 12th, students complete just one phase of their learning. After that begins a more advanced period of learning, in which students should enter carefully. Better if they do career counselling. Teachers, friends and parents are good career counsellors, but they usually suggest traditional careers to opt for. Depending upon one’s ability and interest, it is important to make the right career choice at the right time. Nowadays students evaluate any job from a financial angle, which is perfectly fine. Money indeed is the most important factor to consider while choosing a career. Thus, students like to opt for such careers where they will be paid well. Here we are listing the top high paying courses after class 12th for Science, Commerce, and Arts stream.

High Salary Courses after 12th Science (PCB) -

Students who choose PCB after class 10th have primarily thought of pursuing a medical career. Here are the list of high salary courses after 12th Science PCB. Most of the courses are related to the medical field.

MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery):

Most sought after course for PCB students, it aptly makes to the top of the list. It is a dream of a large number of Biology students to become a doctor. The first step in this direction is MBBS. NEET is the only exam in the country, through which candidates can take admission into MBBS course offered at government and private colleges. Apart from NEET, AIIMS MBBS exam is also another way of pursuing MBBS. MBBS is a 5 years duration course. After MBBS, one can pursue higher education (MD course) for specialisation and better career prospects.

Initial Salary - 8 to 10 lakhs

Recommended Exam: NEET Exam

BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery):

Dentistry is a branch of medicine that specializes in oral cavity. Candidates interested in pursuing BDS course have to qualify the NEET examination for a seat in medical college. The BDS course is of 5 years duration. Candidates can also opt for postgraduate (MDS) course for specialization.

Initial Salary - 4 to 6 lakh per annum

B.Sc. Nursing:

Nursing is a profession of high-regard in the health sector. Nurses take care of the patients. Candidates interested in this course are required to take admission in B.Sc. Nursing course offered by various government and private colleges. It is a four-year course and candidates who have studied PCB are eligible for the course. M.Sc. Nursing is the higher level course that candidates can pursue after the undergraduate course.

Other courses such as Pharmacy, Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology, Physiotherapy, Optometry, etc.

Initial Salary - 3 to 5 lakh per annum

Recommended Exam: Indian Army B.Sc. Nursing Exam


High Salary Courses after 12th Science (PCMB) -

Engineering Course:

This is the first option for the students in PCM group. Apart from the popular branches viz. Computer Science, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics and Tele-communication, Information Technology, various other branches are emerging. You can opt from Marine, Aerospace, Petroleum, Automobile, Biotechnology, Food Technology, Nano-Technology, etc. Candidates need to appear for JEE Main and JEE Advanced exam for admission to engineering courses. State-level exams are also conducted for engineering admissions -

  • Initial Salary - 2.5 to 6 lakh (as per different disciplines)
  • Architecture - Initial Salary - 2.5 to 3 lakh
  • Navy - Initial Salary - As per rank and current Pay Commission
  • Commercial Pilot - Initial Salary - 1 to 1.5 lakh per month
  • B.Sc in Computer Science - Initial Salary - 3 to 3.5 lakh per annum

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Architecture Course:

Today, urbanisation is the most cherished goal of any government, especially those in developing countries. Urbanisation in action translates into town planning, the building of civic amenities, construction, malls, hospitals, hotels etc. It is the central theme of all developments. In other words, architecture is an evergreen field. An architect not only gets a higher salary but can also start his/her business firm or consultancy.

B. Arch is a 5-year degree course. To get admission into this course, a student is required to appear for the NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture). Only those students are eligible to appear for the NATA who have done their class 12th with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

Recommended Exam: NATA Exam

Navy Course:

Higher pay, better perks and a great life, these terms are mostly associated with the Merchant navy. This field has always attracted young men and women. It is a dream of many young hearts to live the high sea life and drive the big vessel. They can become Navigation in-charge, Marine engineers, Captain, Electro-Technical officer etc.

Interested students should do B.E/B. Tech in Marine Engineering from recognised colleges. Students should be physically fit.

Recommended Exam: Indian Navy Recruitment Exams

Commercial Pilot:

To fly high in the sky is the most common childhood dream. As children, we don’t know how to convert our dreams into a reality. But as a grown-up person, one can realise this dream of becoming a commercial pilot.

Commercial Pilot is one of the most popular courses among youngsters. High pay, the opportunity to fly across the world and unlimited adventures are some of the pull-factors associated with this career. In recent years many private institutions have mushroomed that are offering Commercial pilot courses. But one should be careful while selecting the college or institution for receiving training. Unfortunately, this course charges very high fees from students, especially during training. Students are charged 10- 20 lakhs for their training in piloting. Luckily, many banks have come forward to give financial assistance to students in this regard.

Check complete coruse details here - Commercial Pilot Course 2019-2020.

B.Sc in Computer Science:

After class 12th, B.Sc in Computer Science can be another good career option for science stream students. They can become software engineers and get jobs in MNC’s at very high salary packages. Besides, they get excellent work-culture to work and grow. The HR policies are equally superb in these MNCs which make employers life more relaxed and comfortable. Employees are also given the opportunity to visit abroad.

High Salary Courses after 12th Commerce -

Chartered Accountancy:

Chartered Accountancy is one of the most popular courses among commerce students. After class 12th, most of the commerce students undertake this arduous career option. Chartered accountants are responsible for keeping the financial activities of companies and corporate houses in check. They are legal, finance experts who help companies to work within the legal sphere. Most of the corporate houses employ Chartered accountants. Experienced Chartered accountants can work independently as consultants.

Students are required to clear 3 stages, namely CPT (Common Proficiency Test), IPCC (Integrated Professional Competence course) and final exam to become a Chartered accountant. What is worth knowing that Chartered accountants are offered very high starting salary packages compared to other fields.

Initial Salary - 3 to 6 lakhs per annum

Company Secretary:

A company secretary is responsible for efficient administration of a company in terms of compliance with regulatory and statutory requirements. You can work at stock exchanges, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Government Financial Institutions, and Accounts Branch of the Central Government Law Services.

Initial Salary - 5 lakhs per annum

Management Professionals:

This is a very popular choice among all streams candidates. A post-graduate degree followed by a bachelor’s degree will prove beneficial. MBA can be done in any branch viz. Marketing, Human Resource, Finance, Operations, etc. If you are enrolled in a top school, you can also make it to the top firms even after graduation courses viz. BBA, B.Com. (Hons.), Economics Honours, etc.

Initial Salary - 6 to 9 lakhs per annum

Investment Bankers:

Candidates with a degree in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Statistics can make a career as an Investment Banker. You need to be good with numbers, communication skills, and have a good analytical skill.

Initial Salary - 7 to 9 lakh per annum

High Salary Courses after 12th Arts -

While you read this, you will notice that the initial salary is low. However, we have included them in the high salary courses after 12th Arts as they offer a bright and promising career in the long run.

Performing Arts:

Performing Arts includes career in Music, Dance, Comedy, Editing, Theatre, Singing, etc. All these areas are getting a boost now-a-days and there are various platforms for skilled students.  In the related courses students learn about the skills and techniques. Building up a career will require a lot of hard work but it will be worth doing.

Initial Salary - 4 to 5 lakhs per annum

Visual Arts:

If you are interested in painting, sculpture, photography, weaving, fabric, etc, this is the field for you. You can enroll in the visual arts course and choose any of the specialization. The success in the field depends on your skills and creativity.

Initial Salary - Ranges from 2 to 4 lakhs for different specializations.

Literary Arts:

Literary Arts involves specialization in poetry, short stories, Novel, epics, writing, etc. All these skills are kind of in-born; however, they can be polished by joining such courses. The course will enhance the skills such as story-telling and writing. The career options can include script writing for movies, creative writing, advertisement writing, etc.

Initial Salary - 2 lakh per annum


This is the most trendiest career options which has gained popularity among the students. You can do the diploma or bachelor course. Career can be made as an Animator in Film & Television, Cartoon Production, Video Gaming, etc.

Initial Salary - 1 to 3 lakh

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Chandan, September 16, 2020

Truly Great article! It depends about you if you are good in science. In my suggestion you can choose science stream because their are many career opinion after doing science. 12th standard is the last stage of a student’s school life. After 12th standard, a student has to decide his path and his career. This step has to be taken after lots of planning and thinking. You just can’t afford to choose what to do after 12th standard carelessly.

Manish Chhetri, November 1, 2019

Great article! It depends about you if you are good in accounts you can choose commerce stream if you are good in science. In my suggestion you can choose science stream because their are many career opinion after doing science. 12th standard is the last stage of a student’s school life. After 12th standard, a student has to decide his path and his career. This step has to be taken after lots of planning and thinking. You just can’t afford to choose what to do after 12th standard carelessly. Stu

Sushil Mollik , June 16, 2019

Can I do my master degree in Music after my BA in English

Yashvini r, June 13, 2019

Shud no information abt studies