Seven lucrative career options for students seeking core engineering jobs

rrrThere are several reasons why you would want to pursue a core engineering job, irrespective of whether you are a core engineering student or a non-core engineering student. Yes, if you fall in the latter category, you can still pursue a core engineering job depending on your passion. All you need to do is prepare well for the respective entrance exam and you can secure your future in a completely different domain; one of your interest.

However, chances are you are torn between pursuing your interest and opting for a safe, high-paying job in other sectors such as IT. However, as industry trends change, you must explore the lucrative options available you in these 7 areas as a core engineering graduate –

Central Government

 Undoubtedly, the Indian Engineering Services is the most prestigious career opportunity for students. As an employee, you won’t just get exposure to country-level projects, but also the opportunity to involve in diversified and challenging type of works in the core engineering. At an annual package of approximately INR 8 lakhs at entry level, it is also one of the most lucrative job opportunities. Other job opportunities in the central government in class II category include SSC-JE, RRB-JE, etc.

State government

Given that the IES is a highly-contested employment opportunity, you may want to have your Plan B in place with state government jobs. State government engineering jobs (AEE & AE Jobs) filled through State Public Service Commission exams you want to prepare for if a core engineering career is what you want to pursue. A job with the state government gives you great work-life balance and opportunities to pursue your interests outside of work.

Research organizations

Organizations like ISRO, CSIR and DRDO should be on top on your potential employer list. Prepare for the entrance exams in a strategic manner and you could surprise yourself. Make sure you reach out to past applicants and learn from their experience. As India continues to remain a world leader in space research and related fields, sky is truly not the limit when it comes to exposure and recognition.


If corporate success is where your inclination lies, PSU companies let you pursue this ambition without requiring you to give up on your core engineering expertise. As Indian economy continues to grow rapidly, PSUs across various sectors offer great global-level exposure along with high work satisfaction levels and corporate job perks. In fact in some cases, entry-level packages offered by the PSUs can be as high as about 20 lakhs per annum. Some of the PSUs include ONGC, NTPC, BHEL, BEL, IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, SAIL, PGCL, etc.

Private companies

Another high-on-compensation sector that you shouldn’t underestimate is the private sector. Technology and funds are transforming what this sector has to offer you in return for your core engineering skills. In fact, a sector like this also offers you many opportunities to file patents, get global exposure, and skip maneuvering the organizational layers you would find in more traditional companies.


It doesn’t matter if this wasn’t your dream employment sector when you decided to pursue engineering. Now that you have a better idea of the job market, your own inclination and the fact that teaching is not just lucrative, but also allows you time to keep adding to your qualifications and knowledge, you should reconsider it in new light.


For those of you who have a clear idea of how they want to make a difference with your core engineering skills, starting your own practice or business, too can be a highly rewarding and fulfilling experience. Before you start out, you make sure you spend some time building the right support network for bouncing off ideas, earning testimonials, and getting access to the best in the industry.

Compiled with inputs from Dr. Ayub Khan Pathan, Professor, ACE Academy Hyderabad.

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