Career Options After Class 10: Which Course To Take?

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With the announcement of 10th standard results by most of the state boards including the CBSE, students might have already decided on what streams to choose, Arts, Commerce or Sciences. Pursuing a career in Engineering is what most of the students good at mathematics opt for. But with the passage of time, sprang up many courses apart from engineering that require strong mathematical skills and analytical abilities. Students good at mathematics can explore these new avenues which are presently offering plenty of opportunities. Let’s dive into such top ten courses:


Actuaries are the backbone of financial security for large insurance companies and MNCs. Their analytical skills they are risk managers who make use of their analytical skills in helping organizations plan for the future and secure themselves against potential risks. One can pursue this field after completing grade 12.A Math-based aptitude exam called ACET has to be cleared to be enrolled as a student actuary with the Institute of Actuaries of India (IAI). After clearing this exam, you must pass 15 exams to become a Fellow of Actuaries from IAI.


Mathematicians develop new mathematical principles and create models to solve real-world issues in business, government, engineering, and the sciences. To become a mathematician, one must pass grade 12 in pure sciences. Next, you must pursue a BA, an MA, and a PhD in Mathematics from reputed institutes like Indian Statistical Institute, Indian Institute of Science, or Indian Institute of Technology.


Economists study the production and distribution of products, resources, and services. They apply economic analysis to issues within a variety of fields like education, health, development, and the environment. To become an economist, you must have an MSc or MA with Economics Honours. Along with pursuing your degree, follow world economics, inflation effects of economies, and government and bank strategies to tackle it.


Physicists explore and identify the basic principles that govern the structure and behaviour of matter, the interaction between energy and matter, and the generation and transfer of energy. They can specialize in astrophysics, chemical physics, computational physics, and more. To be a physicist, pursue a bachelor’s degree in physics, preferably from an IIT. Next, you can clear JAM to pursue an MSc from an IIT and GATE to pursue PhD.


Astronomers try to widen the understanding of how the universe works. Information about objects further away from us comes indirectly from earth-bound telescopes or earth-orbiting satellites. The sole purpose of a telescope is to collect lights emitted from these objects. Astronomers analyze and interpret this data. To be an astronomer, pursue a BSc in Physics or an engineering degree which leans towards physics. You can specialise in astrophysics and astronomy only at a masters level. Next, pursue a PhD, and possibly a post-doctorate as well.


Statisticians design surveys, experiments, and opinion polls to collect data. They also analyse this data and apply statistical techniques to solve real world issues in various fields. Most statisticians work with the government, or engineering research teams. To be a statistician, you must complete a BSc in statistics, and preferably follow it up with an MSc in statistics.

Chartered Accountant

Accountants monitor and record the flow of money through a business or organization. They verify the accuracy of all monetary transactions and ensure that all these transactions are legal. To be a chartered accountant, you must pass the CPT exam after grade 12. Next, you must complete the Intermediate Level or IPCC. Next, you will start 3 years of articleship under a CA of your choice. After this, you will attempt CA Final. Once you pass this exam, you can practice as a CA.


Meteorologists use scientific principles to observe or forecast occurrences in the earth’s atmosphere and how the atmosphere affects the earth and life. The five main areas where meteorologists work are for TV/Radio stations, consulting businesses, educational facilities, the military, and the Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. To be a meteorologist, you must pursue a BSc in Meteorology or Atmospheric Sciences, and then follow it up with a Master’s and Doctorate degree.

Financial Planner

Financial planners analyse the financial needs of individuals and companies. They help them with investments, tax laws, and insurance decisions. To do this, they observe economic trends, regulatory changes, and the client’s comfort with risky decisions. To be a Certified Financial Planner, you must complete class 10, and then pass 5 examinations to receive a license and certification from FPSB.

Aerospace Engineer

Aerospace engineers design aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and missiles. They create and test prototypes to make sure that they function according to design. To become an aerospace engineer, you must pursue aerospace or aeronautical engineering after class 12.

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