Pawan Kumar Dubey

I don't understand which field should I choose in engineering?

I m sure that I want to take engineering field after 12th but which stream I should choose in engineering? I have no problem in computer engineering as well.

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RE: I don't understand which field should I choose in engineering?

Dr. Anand Wadadekar, PhD
Dr. Anand Wadadekar, PhD
Verified Career Expert
Founder & CEO: Discovering Careers India
  • pune

Hello My Dear Engineering Aspirant,

Choosing an engineering stream from all the options is really not easy and is actually critical for a long term career. In my more than seven years of career counselling experience, I have come across some students who even ask which engineering stream will be good for goys and girls. However looking at your query, I am sure that you are very sincere and have the passion to be an Engineer.

I am thank ful to you for approaching for seeking guidance and advice on your career concern.

Choosing an Engineering Stream:

It appears that you are in the HSC level or may be towards passing the HSC level exams. I am gald that you approached at the right time and I am sure that the experts here will be able to guide you appropriately.

There are two methods of deciding a career path. One is by taking a decision purely based on your inner voice and another one is by under going systematic career assessment test.

The first option sounds easy but is not easy actually, since there are many many times that our inner voice says one thing and ultimately we get diverted to some thing else. Listening to your inner voice needs to be very unbiased and being unbiased is not so simple and is actually tough looking at your self without any pre assumptions and over confidence. KKnowing your self from within takes time and a great effort to be able to decide solely based on this.

However if you can listen to your inner voice then that is the best to reply on. For this, I would ask you to google search each engineering stream name and read about what that particular stream teaches, its scope and based on your HSC competence of marks and subjects, then you can decide which to take the stream for engineering. Here then you inner voice will tell you after you have gathered all the information about every engineering stream.

The second option is of systematic assessment of your capabilities, abilities, interests, passion, IQ, EQ, strengths, weaknesses, etc. For this offers "Engineering Stream Selector" Psychometric Test which cna be downloaded and can be done by you at your home too. However here you will have to ensure that you attempt this test will full honesty and assumptions what so ever about your self.

Best Luck

RE: I don't understand which field should I choose in engineering?

Aparna M Venkatesan
Aparna M Venkatesan
Verified Career Expert
PhD Management And Organizational Psychologist
  • Hosur


Good to hear that you are confident in pursuing an engineering degree without any second thoughts. So all you want to be clear is on what subject should you study the engineering degree. Engineering is a varied science with vast branches. To tailor you to the right subject I need to know what subjects have you studied at 12th level. Only knowing this, I can offer you in-depth on a particular engineering stream. However I can give you a brief idea on the type of subjects and the concerned careers.

  • Electrical engineering - This stream studies the application of electricals, electricity and electromagnetism. As specialisations students further study about power systems, power engineering, control systems, signal processing, RF engineering, telecommunications and power electronics.
  • Electronics engineering - This specific stream studies about electron tubes, semiconductors, transistors, diodes, integrated circuits, electronic circuits, devices and systems. Completing this degree you can work for consumer electronics industry, digital electronics, embedded systems and power electronics industry.
  • Electrical and electronics engineering ECE - This is again a combination of the first two streams, students who want to study both the streams can choose the streams and like wise their job opportunities are also split into both sectors widely.
  • Mechanical engineering - This stream studies the principles of engineering, physics and material science in designing and development of mechanical systems. Completing this degree you are eligible to work for any industry that manufactures mechanical systems like vehicles, engines and certain vehicle equipments.
  • Auto mobile engineering - This stream teaches specially on auto mobiles and especially about design, research and development of cars. You will also study about designing cars using CAD designing software.
  • Aeronautical engineering - This stream teaches you everything to do with aircraft, its design, research and development. You will also study about the manufacturing of aircrafts, and its technical equipments.
  • Aerospace engineering - This stream teaches you everything to do with space craft, rockets and space vehicles. A strong understanding of physics, maths, and material science is required to study this degree.
  • Chemical engineering - This degree teaches you engineering sciences that applies both natural sciences and physical sciences. After completing this degree you will be placed in pharma or chemical companies that manufactures chemicals on a commercial scale.
  • Communications engineering and technology - This degree teaches you the techniques in communication combining electrical science, communication and telecommunications. Students often get placed in media as a broadcast engineer after this degree.
  • Biotechnology, industrial, medical, nano-biotechnology - If you have a flair interest in biology then you should choose either of these streams. After this degree you can get jobs in biotech companies, pharmaceuticals, hospitals and private research centre.
  • Bio informatics - This stream combines both biology and computer science and completing this degree you will often be placed in pharma companies that deisgn and develop new molecule structures for medicines.
  • Bio medical engineering - This engineering combines biology and electrical systems that is you will study about electronic medical equipments that every hospital uses.
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy - This is a pure pharmacy degree and a good interest in chemistry, maths, and biology until 12th level is essential. Completing this degree you can work as a chemist at dispensaries, hospitals or even at pharma companies.
  • Computer science engineering - This degree is suitable for students interested in becoming a software engineer. If you have good interest in computers and also have studied at HSC level then this is good for you.
  • Information technology - This degree teaches how information is passed through computers and you will learn more about systems, communications, database and serves that hold information.
  • Civil engineering - This degree will teach you basics about construction, construction materials, building materials, strength and viability of the materials. People who are interested in building construction can pursue this.
  • Architecture - This degree is restricted to only drawing designs and elevations for a building. If you love drawing and also have good numerical skills then you are suitable to studying architecture.

Hope this helps. Good luck.

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