Is it worth to become an Engineer in 2020?

Engineering is one of the most preferred branches for science students. Around 10 Lakh students are appearing every year for admission to the country's most prestigious institute. Domestic demand and growth are not matching with the current scenario and lots of fresh engineering graduates are facing problems in getting a job. This article deals with the present scenario of selecting engineering as a career option.

In the past few years, we are getting news on social media as well as in print media that many engineering colleges are shutting down because of less student admission. Some of them are not managing their costs properly because of lower revenue due to almost vacant seats in the colleges. Indian economy is a more than 1 trillion dollar economy and is the land of lots of opportunities but still, fresh engineers are facing a problem for getting jobs. Sluggish domestic demand, as well as global reasons, are affecting our job growth.

Why fresh engineering graduates are not getting job easily?

Most of the engineering graduates are completing their engineering degrees from private engineering colleges. Unlike government-funded colleges, most of the private colleges don't have proper infrastructure. Less experienced faculty and poor quality education also lead to the suffering of the students very badly. Most of the students don't have proper technical skills as required by the employer. Due to their lack of knowledge, most of the students cannot compete in all India based competitive exams. That is why most of the engineering students not getting jobs easily.

Is our economy struggling to generate more jobs?

Both global reasons as well as domestic demand are responsible for generating fewer jobs. The manufacturing sector, which creates lots of jobs are still struggling. Core sector growth is not encouraging for the past few years and that is why core engineering jobs are dropping day by day. Every year more than 1 million engineering students are passing out in this country and if enough job is not being created then engineering degree will become useless.

Why private engineering colleges are shutting down?

When the economy sinks, fewer pay-packages and job loss leads to less consumption. Our economy is driven by our own domestic consumption as well as export. Export is still facing problems due to global reasons. Domestic demand is also not very encouraging. If students are not getting a job after investing a few lakhs money as education fees for 4 years' in an engineering college why should they study engineering? A lot of fresh engineering graduates are still facing a problem with getting a single job offer. That is why students and their parents are not interested to invest huge money in studying engineering college. Recent news about seat vacant in engineering colleges and shutting down the engineering colleges are pathetic but it's the reality.

Is it worth to choose a career as an engineer in 2020?

Engineering is not a simple degree. If you have a passion to study engineering then you must go for it. Before joining any private engineering colleges, you must enquire about its placement, infrastructure, and faculty. During 4 years of college journey, develop and upgrade your skills that are according to your stream. Without proper skills, no employer will hire you. During your 6th and 7 semesters start preparing for competitive exams. If you upgrade your knowledge and skills accordingly, you may not face any difficulty in getting a job.

What is better-general science or engineering degree?

Both are good, it depends on you which is better for you. If you want to work in academics, want to pursue higher studies and research then the general science stream is good for you. Engineering is a professional course for working in an industry and it also has wide options to do higher studies and research.


Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao22 Oct 2019 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 10

A good article by the author. There are many colleges for Engineering. But how many of them are good? Many colleges don't have good faculty even. They show the names of some people. But final year students will be teaching the first-year students. We can understand the quality of education in those colleges.

Except in IITS and a few standard institutes in both government and private sector also, the infrastructure is not there. In many government universities, there will be much equipment but none of them will be in working conditions. But in good private colleges, there is good equipment and they are being maintained properly.

In Telugu, there is a saying that a spoon of cow milk is better than a glass of donkey milk. In the same way, even if we have only a few colleges which are having good standards, the output from such institutes will have good quality education.

Coming to Engineering degree in 2020, it is always worth to have BE/B Tech degree if you have interest in going to the core job and try to improve in that line. After completing BE mechanical if you want to go for an IT job, what is the use of studying mechanical? So we should have an interest in the studied subject, and we should be on the top always. Then any time engineering degree will have its value.

Coming to the point of Science or Engineering, my view is that one should go for the subject he likes. If you have interest in Chemistry go for B.Sc Chemistry but not for BE mechanical. If you have an interest in Statistics go for that. But we should remember that we should be understanding the subject well and we should study the subject with focus and get a better rating. Then any subject will be okay and you will be placed well.

Author: Sheo Shankar Jha22 Oct 2019 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 7

Though the engineering profession is a specialised one, the quality of output in the different streams is achievable through the prominent Institutes like IITs or NITs only. The second option would be to choose state Engineering colleges being run by the state governments. In fact, if we go back to the history of 30 years back, there was tough competition in this line to get a seat in an engineering college. The situation of the admission eased with the openings of more and more engineering colleges.

Our shrinking economy has curtailed the further intake of engineers. As a result, there is a huge force of unemployed engineers. The solution to this burgeoning problem can be tackled effectively with a better appreciation of the situation. The aspirants have to appreciate the values of each field including the different streams of science providing them gainful knowledge apart from generating employment in other areas such as teachers, scientists, lecturers, research scholars etc. Other than this, they would also get oppurtunities in different segments such as Probationary officers in banks, IAS, Railways and other central government jobs etc.

Remedy lies in the proper assessment of the situation and course should be selected in accordance with one's inclination and the present sectors wherein they could fit after acquiring a qualification.

Author: Wilson K. Mathew26 Oct 2019 Member Level: Gold   Points : 7

Studying engineering is always worth the time. But we have to find out the colleges by verifying their efficiency and quality of teaching, discipline, infrastructure, placement capacity, etc.

The effectiveness of engineering education institutions is the key to this study. The current situation is that so many engineering colleges are sprouting up and creating a large number of failed students. The first thing we need is to find efficient engineering colleges that have the necessary categories. Admission to major colleges like IT and NIT requires a very high mark in the eligibility test.

Government colleges are relatively better. This is not to say that private engineering colleges are bad at all. Fees and other related costs are lower in government colleges while costs of private colleges can be 2 to 3 times higher than that of Government College.

Learning and passing is not just the current norm. The student's interest in the subject and the ability to execute the work are also examined while considering him for a job. The fluency in the English language is also a main obstruction for the common candidates.

If you look at all these things and study engineering, it is always worth it at the point of getting a job.

Author: Sanjeev Gupta03 Nov 2019 Member Level: Gold   Points : 4

A nice article by the author. Even I suggest people not to opt for the engineering degree but to go for any other professional course. Being a mechanical engineer myself, I have seen people becoming an engineer but they don't know even the basics when asked. The reason may be the number of private colleges that have opened in the country. There are lots of private colleges in the country which offer admissions even to below-average students who are not fit to do it. Also, the facilities and infrastructure the private colleges provide here are not good. So such students don't learn what a student from an IIT learns.

The openings here in India are also lesser than the number of engineers produced in the country.

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