08 Mar 2021 20:45 IST

Most sought-after careers in 2021

Being mindful of these opportunities can help students chart their path to success

It’s that time of the year — Students are concerned about making what’s probably the most critical decision of their lives, and parents are all the more concerned about their child’s journey ahead. Career options after 12th have just taken a whole new turn during this pandemic. Things are nowhere similar to what they were in pre-Covid times.

To help you in this seemingly daunting decision-making process, we bring to you five unique course options that you can pursue after class 12th. Not only are these options unique, but certainly in-demand and lucrative.

Data science

Data exists in every form, be it the purchases you make at an online store, or the type of accounts you follow on Instagram. Data is pervasive. This is valuable for organizations as it helps them understand patterns and trends and make business decisions according to the inferences drawn from the data. Data scientists, Big Data engineers, data analysts, data managers are required to make sense of this data and find patterns in it to enable decision-making. If playing with numbers is your true calling this just might be the perfect career for you.

Information security

As data systems are becoming ubiquitous, the security of data has been a major concern for the simplest of reasons — as several organisations manage large stores of information, this becomes an easier target for hi-tech criminals. As Machine Learning and predictive modelling demonstrate their returns on investment, several businesses will require the skills of a competent information security analyst. The particulars of the job may vary depending on the industry, but an information security analyst is often on standby in case of data breaches, hacking, or other emergencies related to the security of technology assets. This is certainly a great career option to explore after class 12.

DevOps engineering

DevOps engineering bridges the gap between software development and IT operations. It aims to develop an agile relationship between the two so that organisations can create and release regular updates to their products much quicker than using the more traditional ‘waterfall’ development model. DevOps engineers sit in between development and deployment, making sure that everything is geared towards releasing updates as efficiently as possible. 

Digital marketing

Digital marketing ensures that the leads generated meet the firmographic requirements necessary to elicit a sales call. This has become ever so important in today’s digital world. It ensures a good lead flow process, and even though marketing has rapidly progressed in terms of obtaining the information pertinent for salespeople to fill out a contact profile, online behaviour is rarely a 100 per cent indicator of interest. 

Robotic process automation

Robotic process automation (RPA) is generating a lot of interest and hiring activity because of its potential for automating and integrating processes without the need for a big-budget IT project. As distinct from business process management technology, which tends to be used to redesign processes, RPA is typically used to automate a process as it exists today while subtracting time and labour from them. 

Gone are the days when students were restricted to old and clichéd course choices, in fact, students face the problem of plenty and being able to adapt. Courses are evolving every day, and students have the liberty to choose a course that complements their passion.