JOB: Career Options After 12th Science!
There is no lack of career/ course options for a science student after completing the 12th standard. There are so many career options to pursue other than engineering (B.Tech) and medical (MBBS).
The major advantage that science students have over non-science students is that they are eligible for science as well as non-science options – a privilege not available to students from commerce and humanities streams.
We have compiled a list of various courses (and therefore careers) that students can pursue after completing their 10+2 in the science stream:
Engineering is one of the sought after careers in India today. Even if you have scored something between 50% and 60%, engineering is a lucrative option for you. Some institutes term the Bachelor’s degree as BE or Bachelor of Engineering and some term it B.Tech or Bachelor in Technology. The job prospects increase manifold with a BE or B.Tech degree.
One of the first options for students with Science with Biology at the 10+2 level is to pursue MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery). It is the basic degree for an aspiring allopathic doctor. MBBS, as a career option, has huge scope in India and abroad. After completing your MBBS, you can specialize in fields like neurosurgery, psychiatry, and orthopedics. The job industry is huge, you can work in a hospital or set up your own private clinic.
Have you thought of pursuing a course in Ayurvedic medicine? If you have passed your 10+2 in science, then Bachelor in Ayurvedic Medicine or BAMS is one of the options that you can choose as your career. Ayurvedic medicine is one of the oldest forms of medicine practiced in India and is gaining a lot of popularity both in India and abroad. More about a career in Ayurveda.
This is a professional course and it prepares students for the pharmaceutical industry. These professionals are in great demand in India and abroad. After completing the course, you can work as a pharmacist, drug inspector, drug therapist, health inspector, or drug technician. Careers as a pharmacy.
Do you have patience & believe in hard work? Are you organized & good at multi-tasking? Then, BSc Nursing would be a good option for you. You will be trained in all theoretical & practical aspects of nursing. After completing the course you can join health institutes, medical colleges, or private nursing homes as trained & certified nurses.
If you are deeply interested in pursuing a career in academics or research, B.Sc (Hons) in subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Zoology or Botany will help you do just that. You can further your prospects by doing a master’s degree and then moving on to research and working as a junior research fellow in any reputed research institute. You can also pursue a career as a lecturer in any university or get jobs in the chemical industry, pharmaceutical industry, or in government organizations like ONGC.
Have you ever thought about studying the socio-cultural development of humans? Armed with a science background you can pursue a course in anthropology that traces the biological and the socio-cultural evolution of humans right from their origin. After completing your higher studies in anthropology, you can work as a curator, urban planner, tour guide, culture resource manager, or work as a research scholar.
B.Sc Occupational Therapy:
Another relatively new option that you can explore is B.Sc Occupational Therapy (BOT). You can work with patients who suffer from orthopedic, neurological, and psychological/psychiatric disorders.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (B.P.T) prepares a student for the practice of physiotherapy. A physiotherapist could be employed in the rehabilitation departments, municipal corporations, and private bodies. More about this career.
B.Sc Computer Science (H):
B.Sc (CS) mainly focuses on the mathematical and theoretical foundations of computing, rather than teaching specific technologies that may quickly become outdated.
B.Sc Electronics (H):
A degree in B.Sc. (Honours) Electronics covers all the key concepts required to become a successful professional. The course provides students with skills that are required to design electrical, electronic, computer, automation, and communication systems. Opportunities are available in research and development, aerospace and defense electronics, design, testing, production, inspection, quality control, project management, and technical sales.
If you feel that you have a great imagination, the ability to visualize things and you are good at drawing, you can pursue a course in architecture. Bachelor in Architecture is a 5 year-long undergraduate course.
If you want to churn your career in the field of computer applications and have a keen interest in computers, then you should go for Bachelor in Computer Applications (BCA). It is a three-year degree course concentrating primarily on programming languages.
Did you know that even if you come from the science stream, you can pursue a Bachelor in Business of Bachelor Admission (BBA), if you have Mathematics and English as core subjects? It is a three-year degree course that is designed to impart management education and inculcate entrepreneurship skills in a student.
B.A/ B.Sc Economics:
A BA or BSc Economics is one of the lucrative degrees in India today. A degree in Economics can open up opportunities in investment firms, public sector undertakings, government enterprises, and NGOs. You should do your post-graduation to improve your career prospects and even take up research options in government organizations or join as a lecturer in a university or college. While most of the colleges across India offer a Bachelors’s degree in Economics, some give a BA degree, some offer a BSc degree.
If you have always loved English Literature and Hamlet or Macbeth has fascinated you or you are transported to the world ‘of golden daffodils’ then you can opt for English Hons, even if you’ve pursued science in 10+2.
If you feel science is no longer your cup of tea and wish to do something else, you can also pursue a bachelor’s in commerce from any university.
Zoology is the branch of biology that focuses on the behavior, structure, and evolution of animals. As a Zoologist or an Ecologist, you can take up research-oriented highly dynamic, and exciting jobs and work with National Geography, Discovery, Animal Plane.
This is a vibrant, dynamic discipline that embraces the study of biology from the point of view of chemistry. Today, biochemistry graduate curriculums are at the forefront of many careers that help to keep humans, animals, and plants free of disease.
If you are interested in studying the what and how of plants, Botany is the course for you. You can also pursue MSc in Microbiology and then go for a doctorate.
This is a discipline of great importance. Research in this field has been revolutionized by innovative technologies like genomics, bioinformatics, and genetic engineering.
B.Sc. (H) Biomedical Science:
In this course, you will be taught principles of Biotechnology, Microbiology, Genetics, Pharmacy, Pharmaceuticals, Medicinal Chemistry, Medical Laboratory Techniques, etc., and related fields. After graduation, you may seek jobs in the pharmaceutical industry, clinical research laboratories, etc.
Biotechnology involves the use of living things in medicine, engineering, and technology. You can pursue a B.Sc in Biotechnology or even an engineering degree in Biotechnology; you can further your skills by taking up Masters in Biotechnology or enter the job market in fields like pharmaceuticals and the diagnostic industry.
One can enter many professions that include, but are not limited to, traditional Physics. Physics equips a student with skills like mathematical modeling, problem-solving, designing experiments, interpretation of experimental data, and reflecting on answers before trusting them, research experience, laboratory technique, and communication skills.
A graduate degree in BSc Chemistry opens up doors to pursue higher studies in subjects like Analytical, Organic or BioChemistry. You can find jobs in the chemical, pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and medical device industries as a process development chemist and analytical chemist. You can also find jobs in the food industry, in the teaching industry, agrochemical industry, polymers and plastic industry, petrochemical industry and even in alternative energy departments.