Engineering as a Profession

Engineering as a career has attracted students in India in a big way and a large number of aspirants taking the engineering exams are testimony to this fact. Engineering is a multi-disciplined field with new disciplines and branches being added with the advancement of science and technology.

Though a large number of students appear for different engineering exams like JEE Main (previously AIEEE), JEE Advanced (previously IIT-JEE), BITSAT and VITEEE, but not many are aware about the various career options that engineering as a profession offers. The basic engineering disciplines include Mechanical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Aerospace engineering.

With the development of technology new engineering disciplines like biotechnology, computer, automobile engineering and genetic engineering have gained immense popularity among students. Here is a compilation of the wide array of career options that the field of engineering has to offer:

  • Mechanical Engineering graduates are needed in various public and private sector companies including the automobiles, chemical, electronics, steel plants, oil exploration and refining, technical wings of armed forces, space research organization and many other fields. Government sector recruits various positions including, Junior Engineers, Assistant Engineers, Assistant Executive Engineers, Executive Engineers, Superintendent Engineers.

  • Computer Engineering graduates have a variety of options to choose from as a career. They can venture into academia, research, government, private, business organizations, etc. The software and IT companies are the major employers of computer engineering graduates. They offer the best packages to the young graduates which are unmatched with other branches of the engineering profession.

  • Civil Engineering graduates have a lot of scope and opportunity in the government departments like public health, irrigation or public works. There are job opportunities in road projects, building work, consultancy firms, quality testing laboratories and housing societies as well for civil engineers. According to experts, there is a high demand for experienced civil engineers in developed countries. Hundreds of civil engineers migrate from India to Canada, Australia and other countries for better career prospects.

  • Electronics Engineering graduates find decent starting jobs in the electronics and telecommunication sectors in both the public and private sectors. Private companies offer excellent salary packages to skilled and experienced electronics engineering professionals. Research work can be done in this field by joining PhD programs offered by several universities and institutes across India and the world. A career in teaching is also rewarding; you can join engineering colleges/universities as a full time or part time lecturer/professor.

Concluding Remarks

  • Irrespective of trends in the markets, engineers are always in demand especially those in electrical, civil, mechanical and computers.

  • Growth opportunities, as India is an open economy with multinationals opening their offices in India.

  • Indian engineers are good in their logical and mathematical skills. Their demand is always high in the US and other foreign countries.

  • Skill India, startup India, stand up India and make in India all together are possible when we promote professional courses and technical education.

  • There is a wide range of engineering colleges of varying rating in our country in each state. Of course to bag an attractive offer it would be essential to have obtained the degree from a reputed institute of the region.

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