How to Choose the Right Engineering Branch | Future Scope and Pay Scale
The path to turning your dream of making it to an engineering college a reality is often long and daunting. For most students, the preparation begins well in Class 11, and the high-pressure Class 12 board exams are followed by a string of entrance exams – JEE Mains, JEE Advanced, CET, VITEEE, WBJEE, BITSAT, and several other state-level entrance tests. Once these exams are over and the results are in your hands, you think that you have won the battle, except your challenges are far from over. As you gear up to attend counseling for admission in different colleges, it is time to start researching engineering branches and their scope, as your entire career rests on this all-important decision.
With more and more engineering colleges springing up, the choice of cherry-picking a branch is no longer limited to toppers. Even an average student has an abundant scope of aiming for some of the highest paid engineering branches. But then there is also the question of your own aptitude and a bombardment of tips to choose the best engineering branch to make that choice more complex.
We bring you a rundown on the salary of engineers branch wise as well as the scope of engineering branch wise to help you choose the right engineering branch:
This is one of the core branches of engineering with a quite a vast scope in terms of employment avenues. However, electrical engineering is considered one of the tougher branches of engineering and you have to be prepared to slog it out in order to score good marks.
The course entails Engineering books such as Electrical Machine Design, Engineering Mathematics, Power Systems, Power Electronics, Control Theory, Electromagnetism, Micro Controllers, Power Utilization and Safety Management and is a mix of theory classes and practical sessions. There is also an option for specialization through a Master’s program after completing your BE/BTech degree. Industry-oriented short term technical courses are also highly recommended to improve your prospects of employment.
In terms of employment avenues, this branch is considered evergreen, which means there will be sufficient job opportunities upon completion of your degree. There are excellent opportunities for electrical engineers in both the private sector as well as government jobs. Some of the top employers for this branch of engineering include:
- Power Plants
- Indian Armed Forces
- Reliance Industries
These agencies may employ electrical engineers in the following job profiles, depending on experience:
- Electrical Engineer
- Plant Supervisor
- Chief Engineer
- Project Engineer
- Machine Designer
The starting salary for this branch of engineering is in the range of Rs 1.5-3 lakh per annum and goes up to Rs 10-15 lakh per annum with 10-12 years of experience.
Computer Science Engineering
Over the past decade, IT or computer science engineering has emerged as one of the most sought-after branches of engineering, thanks to the unbridled boom of the IT sector. Even though the scope of government jobs for CS engineers in India is somewhat slim owing to the limited focus on innovation, R&D, and manufacturing of electronics in the public sector, the lucrative jobs in the private sector more than make up for it.
The major openings for employment avenues here come from the service sector, as every conceivable field today, be it banking, railways, insurance, airlines, hospitality or hospitals, is in need of software solutions to streamline their operations. In addition to this, almost all devices being manufactured today run on microchips and processor controls driven by software. Filling in this space are a host of companies, from multi-national giants to startups, who are always on the lookout for beginners as well as honed professional to take on the roles of software development, coding, testing, and support.
The long and short of it is that CS engineers have been heavily in demand for some time now and that demand isn’t going to wane away.
Some of the top employers for CS engineers include:
- Meryl & Lynch
- Poor & Standard
- City Bank
Apart from these top names, there are hundreds of other companies looking to hire IT engineers. The top job profiles for CS engineering include:
- Software Developer
- Database Administrator
- Computer Hardware Engineer
- Computer Systems Analyst
- Computer Network Architect
- Web Developer
- Information Security Analyst
- Computer Programmer
The pay packages for CS engineers vary vastly too. Tech giants like Google and Facebook have a history of hiring IIT graduates at mind-blowing annual packages going up to Rs 1 crore. While such cases are exceptional, it is not unusual for fresh CS engineering graduates to land a pay package of Rs 6.5 to 8.5 lakh per annum. The expected salary for an average student starting out in this field is around Rs 2.4 lakh.
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