Advantages and disadvantages of academic and professinal courses

Are you confusing to select a good course after 12th standard? Are you not able to select which is better to you, whether academic course or profession course? In this article you will find advantages and disadvantages of academic and professional courses. To know plus and minus points of academic and professional points, please read this article.


After passing higher secondary examinations, there are two options for the students. Either they can take admission in academic courses or they can do professional courses. Both academic and professional courses have some advantages and some disadvantages. You must know plus and minus points of academic and professional courses before selecting a good course for your future.

Advantages of academic courses

The advantages of academic courses are:
  • Useful Subjects: Most of the students who do academic courses are interested in student research, lectureship or government jobs. All the three career options are useful and beneficial. Some research institute provide stipend to research and later students get opportunity to work in that institute. After completing academic courses students can make their future in famous institutes.
  • Lots of opportunities : Most of the students and parents think that graduation is not a job oriented course and you can do anything after completing graduation. But there are a lot of opportunities after completing graduation. The can secure their career in higher education and also can do master courses in professional fields.
  • Optional career options : There are a lot of optional career options are available for the students of academic courses. They can do any master course and also prepare themselves for government jobs. The fees of these courses are not so high so they can do that courses without any pressure. There is no pressure of placement and students can focus on their studies.

Disadvantages of academic courses

The disadvantages of academic courses are given below:
  • Less chances of jobs : Simple graduation is a general course and there is no skill development programme is included. So it is necessary for a student to take admission in any master or professional course after completing graduation. So, the students who do not want to do research and want to go in private jobs face difficulties.
  • More competition : It is true that government jobs have their perks and facilities but it is also true that it is not easy to get success in competition examination for every student. Sometimes their aptitude does not match the format of competition examination and they get fail to compete.
  • Do not have same opportunities for all students : Knowledge and qualification is important in academic field. There are a lot of opportunities for those students who are interested in higher education whereas very less opportunities are available for the students who do not want to continue their studies further.

Advantages of Professional courses

The advantages of professional courses are as follows:
  • Better career opportunities : Since jobs in private sectors are increased in recent years, opportunities for the student of professional courses are also increased. There are a lot of chances of placement for the students of professional courses. Companies in every sector are increased due to the increment of globalization and MNC culture. The option of self employment is also available in the field of medical and architecture.
  • Focus on practical knowledge : The professional course are based on practical knowledge. These courses are more focused to developed important skill in students. Due to different type of skill, students can get jobs in different field.
  • Options of self employments : A very good opportunity of self employment is available for the students of professional courses. The students can work in some well established company to take experience. After getting experience they can make their career in self employment. Even they can provide employment to others and helps in minimizing unemployment problems.

Disadvantages of professional courses

The disadvantages of professional courses are given below:
  • Unbearable fees : The fees structures of professional courses are very high and not possible to pay such a high fees. Sometimes they have to take loan to pay fess in medical and engineering sectors.
  • Lack of good institutions : Though there are many private institution which provide professional education but there is a lack of good and well established institutions. Only a few education institutes are good. So it is very difficult for the students to take admission in a good educational institute.
  • Course updation is necessary : You must update yourselves according to your industries otherwise professional courses will not be beneficial to you. So, it is necessary to be updated according to your work and field of industries.

Last words

So, dear friends you have come to know the different advantages and disadvantages of academic and professional courses. You are aware of plus points and minus points of academic and professional courses. Now you will be able to understand your needs. Select a course according to your needs, capability and your interests.
Best of luck

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Guest Author: VARSHA ASHOKKUMAR15 Jun 2017

Being a professional student let me put forth my point of view. I admit that professional studies adds up our practical knowledge. But according to the current scenario, none of the colleges (whether private or government) motivate the students to get any kind of practical knowledge. There are lab and workshops in every semester but those are only from the examination point of view. If a student needs to seek practical knowledge, he or she needs to find any firm that motivates students for various internship programs. If you do so, it is really fruitful.

And let me add up, if you can relate all your theory papers to the practical side, then professional courses are the most interesting studies which builds up your career.

Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao21 Jun 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 6

A good article by the author. He presented the advantages and disadvantages of academic courses and professional courses. After graduation in academic courses, they have to go for post graduation and PhD for better prospects in their career. There is one more option which looks more attractive. If somebody wants to settle well in his life with a government job, he should opt for B.Ed training course. This course is for one year. There are colleges offering this course. Once you complete the training, chances of getting a teacher post in government school is very high. Government will be recruiting teachers every year. The pay scales are very good and if you have the patience after school hours you can take tuition to students which will fetch you good income. If you are interested, while working also you can complete your PG as well as PhD which will give you an edge over others for your elevations to higher posts.

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