Top 10 Courses after 12th Arts (Post-Pandemic): Career Prospects, Jobs and Salaries

As the new academic session is about to commence and students and parents get busy figuring out the future career courses, we at have enlisted top ten courses to pursue after 12th Arts in 2020 – 2021 keeping the post-pandemic situation in mind.

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Fine Arts

Fine-art is a course that deals with sketching, drawing and creativity. If these are your area of interest then a career in fine arts will be good for you. The expression ‘Fine Art’ connotes an art form created mainly for its aesthetic significance and beauty. Study of Fine Art include pursuing subjects like – film, dancing, painting, photography, architecture, pottery, conceptual art, sculpture, music, printmaking, interior design and drama.

You can choose between certificate, diploma and degree courses in fine arts which are available in various Indian institutions. Eventually you can do your postgraduate and Ph.D as well. The duration of the courses varies from 1 to 5 years.

  • Diploma course is of one year and you can get enrolled after completing your plus two.
  • Undergraduate courses i.e. Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVA) is of 4 to 5 years. However, Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts (BA) is three year course.
  • Postgraduate courses i.e. Master of Fine Art (MFA) or Master in Visual Arts (MVA) is two year. Master of Arts in Fine Arts (MA) is also a two year program.

Career Prospects

A graduation degree in fine arts can give you opportunity to work as art teacher, artist and photographer or start a career as a freelancer in domains like film direction, clothing, and photography. Other options are academia, architecture and creative departments like media, advertising agencies, art studios, boutiques, theatres, fashion houses, television, textile and publishing industry. Industries like banking, art gallery, insurance and public relations also offer jobs to fine arts graduates. Multimedia artists and animators get recruited by motion picture or video gaming companies.

Job roles

  • Art therapist
  • Multimedia programmer
  • Drawing Teacher
  • Set Designer
  • Production Artist
  • Music Teacher
  • Creative Director
  • Editor
  • Furniture Designer
  • Art Director
  • 3d Artist
  • Animator

Salary Package

A fresh graduate usually starts the career path with a package of 2 to 3 lacs per annum depending on the organisation. Advertising agencies and publishing houses offer better packages of 4 to 5 lacs per annum.

Hotel and Hospitality Management

Hospitality sector is a fast growing one in India and job opportunities are enormous. Degree, diploma or certificate programs in Hospitality Management are in much in demand. Bachelor of Hotel Management (B.H.M.) is a four years program and is known to be the best one among all Hospitality courses in the country.

Career prospects and potential  job roles

Industry experience is an added advantage in hospitality sector and courses often offer an industrial placement, making students put their academic learning into practical use. This also helps to develop contacts in the sector. The hospitality sector offers good prospects, and those who show a willingness and ability to learn quick, move faster up the ladder.


  • Airlines
  • Bars and pubs
  • Conference and exhibition centres
  • Events venues
  • Hotel chains
  • Restaurants and fast-food outlets
  • Universities
  • Hospitals

Direct jobs roles:

  • Accommodation manager
  • Catering manager
  • Chef
  • Conference centre manager
  • Event manager
  • Fast food restaurant manager
  • Hotel manager
  • Public house manager
  • Restaurant manager

Other relevant openings:

  • Air cabin crew
  • Customer service manager
  • Fire risk assessor
  • Human resources officer
  • Marketing executive
  • Retail manager
  • Tour manager
  • Tourism officer


Hotel management graduates earn impressive salary depending on job roles and organisations they work with. Usually, the starting salary for Hotel Management graduates abroad is between $28,000 and $40,000 a year however experienced posts get a higher pay scale.


Economics is for those with an analytical bent of mind; ones that are fascinated by the world around them. A degree in economics opens a plethora of career opportunities, including public and private sectors. A degree in economics includes study of industry trends, labor markets, prospects for individual companies, and the forces that drive the economy.

Career Prospects

Career opportunities for graduates in government sectors –

  • Indian Economic Services
  • Indian Civil Services
  • Reserve Bank of India
  • National Sample Survey
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs
  • Planning Board, Planning Commission
  • National Council for Applied Economic Research
  • National Institute of Public Finance and Policy

Career opportunities for graduates in private sectors

  • NGOs
  • International Aid Agencies
  • World Bank
  • Asian Development Bank
  • IMF
  • Development Banks,
  • Financial Consultancy firms

Job roles

  • Economist,
  • Economic advisor
  • Executive
  • Analyst
  • Consultant,
  • Researcher
  • Financial analyst
  • Business analyst
  • Economic research analyst
  • Stock market analyst

Sector wise employment opportunities

Some of the high demand sectors offering great job prospects –

  • Accounting
  • Auditor
  • Banking and Finance
  • Insurance Investment
  • Marketing
  • Stock Broker
  • Media Analyst
  • Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Advertising
  • Communication
  • Actuarial
  • Education and Research
  • Retailing
  • System Analysis


Candidates are often hired through campus recruitment and the average salary is between 4 to 8 lacs per annum.

Journalism & Mass Communication

Those looking forward to join the media sector can opt for a degree or diploma in journalism and mass communication. The program includes curricula on news reporting and presenting, anchoring, writing articles, photography and video shooting.

A number of private institutes offer degree as well as diploma courses, the duration of which varies between 1-3 years. Job opportunities are ample in both  print and Digital media houses.

Career prospects and potential job roles

Journalism can be broadly segregated into Print and Electronic media. Print media jobs are in newspapers, journals, magazines, digests and news agencies, while electronic media offers jobs in television, radio and now the digital world. However, the online media has now emerged as a very powerful form of journalism as well.

Jobs in print media

  • Reporter
  • Feature Writer
  • Leader Writer
  • Proof Reader
  • Editor
  • Columnist
  • Critic
  • Photo Journalist
  • Cartoonist

Jobs in electronic media

  • Researchers
  • Broadcast Reporters
  • Presenters

The internet has now emerged as a popular and dominating medium. Web content or web journalism is the buzzword now and this has created new job roles like content developer, web designers, editors, and consultants for media websites.


For beginners who are taken on board as trainee the salary can be in the range of 8000 to 10000 rupees per month. However, the growth potential in journalism is tremendous. Once you are promoted to as a reporter, the package will go up to 12000 -18000 rupees per month. Senior journalists and editors draw handsome salaries in the range of Rs.60,000-Rs.90,000 in addition to perks like travelling allowances.

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English Literature

BA in English honours is a very popular undergrad program today. Career opportunities for English Literature Students are prolific. There is a huge demand in teaching in private English medium schools across India, and in private universities, colleges and institutes. Ones with M.A in English and B.Ed have high employability. Publishing sector requires English literature students all the time, those with strong academic background, language skills and knowledge can excel in this field.

Career prospects and potential job roles

English literature students gets lot of opportunity in theater, media and entertainment industry of India. Opportunities are aplenty in Business and Corporate sector as well. The English literature student often loves to write. So, if you love to write and have passion, then you can build career in writing. English literature students are known for their creativity, communication skills, writing skills, imagination, logic and reasoning. Therefore, thye are ideally suitable for variety of careers in advertising and public relations industry.

The digital/online industry now has opportunities like content writing, content marketing, copywriting, etc. One can also work as a freelancer, in fact many content writers now work as a freelancers and earn handsomely. BPOs and KPOs, Social Service in NGOs and Civil Services also offer attractive career opportunities.


Following are the salary trends for graduates in English-

  • Teacher – Rs. 10000-65000 per month
  • Content Writer – Rs. 10000 – 70000
  • Journalist – Rs. 15000- 150000
  • Management – Rs. 20000-100000

Design (Communication, Graphic, Fashion, Product Design)

Bachelor of Design in Fashion Designing is a very prestigious four-year program offered by NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology). The course is very popular among candidates interested in designing clothes and apparels.

Future career prospects are extremely good as fashion as an industry is now seeing a boom. A plethora of career choices and professions are available after graduating which include – designers, freelance design consultants, costume designers, illustrators etc. Graduates can also get hired by MNCs and companies in the clothing line and designer wear space.

A course in Animation and multimedia can be of great opportunity. A creative bent of mind is a prerequisite for this course.

Bachelor of Design in Fashion Designing is a very prestigious four-year program offered by NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology). The course is very popular among candidates interested in designing clothes and apparels. Future career prospects are extremely good as fashion as an industry is now seeing a boom. A plethora of career choices and professions are available after graduating which include – designers, freelance design consultants, costume designers, illustrators etc. Graduates can also get hired by MNCs and companies in the clothing line and designer wear space.

Career prospects and potential job roles

Those curious about a career in design should start by knowing the fundamentals of industry. Once they understand the relationship between product and user, design industry becomes their oyster.

Top Design Careers –

  • UI/UX Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Interior Design
  • Communication Design
  • Art Directors
  • Craft and Fine Artists
  • Fashion Designers
  • Floral Designers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Industrial Designers
  • Interior Designers
  • Jewellers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers
  • Multimedia Artists and Animators


Companies like Deloitte pay a lucrative package of rupees 550,000per year. Other companies that offer high salaries are Accenture and Designer Graphics, earning around rupees 431,500 and 380,000, respectively. Others pay around rupees 210,000 to 294,791.

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Study of law is unquestionably one of the most gratifying career options considering the job challenges and financial benefits. Over the last few decades India INC has witnessed a steady rise in demand for law graduates in various professional fields. Study of law is increasingly becoming a career choice for millennials. Earlier students were offered courses in civil, criminal, corporate, taxation, labour and election law. Today the repertoire has included new specialisations including space, cyber, intellectual property, and international laws.

The prospect for law students is very good as they are now better armed than those 10-15 years ago. Students can choose between a three-year LLB degree after graduation in any discipline or a five-year integrated BA LLB programme after plus two. Those seeking admission to the law programs have to write a test, like the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT).

With rising demands that are emerging with the fast-changing world, law schools of India introducing more dedicated subjects and programmes in their curricula. Programmes like Aviation law at NALSAR, Public policy at NLSIU, Entrepreneurship administration at NUJS and Labour welfare laws at Symbiosis Society’s Law College, have recently been initiated. In addition to new courses, the institutes have also started focussing on schooling law students through moot court sessions, competitive legal events, journal writing and mandatory internships.

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Those who have passed 10+2 with social sciences including geography as one of the main subjects can take up a three year undergrad program in Geography. Candidates with a geography degree will have abundant opportunities including working in the war room of a royal navy vessel to working with an environment agency, running housing schemes, or working almost anywhere in the public sector. With a masters degree and a Ph.D, one could also teach geography, do urban designs or town planning, or become a chartered surveyor.

Career Prospects and Potential Job Roles

There are numerous options from working in the war room of a royal navy vessel to working with an environment agency, running housing schemes, or working almost anywhere in the public sector. One can also teach geography, do urban designs or town planning, or become a chartered surveyor.

Some other career options after geography include:

  • Cartographer
  • Climate Change Analyst
  • Climatologist
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Geomorphologist
  • Geospatial analyst
  • GIS specialist
  • Hydrologist
  • Location analyst
  • Meteorologist
  • Pollution Analyst
  • Remote Sensing Analyst
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Surveyor
  • Town planner
  • Water conservation officer


Salary can vary depending on the nature of job. Pay packet is not as lucrative as other hot career options, but you can expect a starting package of 2.35 to 6.5 lacs per annum, depending on the profile and organisation.


Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology is another three years Undergraduate program for students from Arts background, which involves the study of the human mind and human behaviour. During the program students get to learn the basic theories and applications related to Psychology and Psycho-analysis.

Career Prospects and Potential Job Roles

Some of the Psychology careers that Indian students usually opt for are:

  • Career Counsellor – Career counsellors access a student, or a professional, analyses the personalities, skills, aptitude, interest, intelligence level and related socio-economic factors to suggest best suitable choices and suggest ways to enhance career prospects. They also offer support to those having job related stress.
  • Clinical Psychologist –Clinical Psychology offers numerous specializations like substance abuse, health psychology, geriatrics, child or adult mental health, and post trauma therapies. Clinical psychologists work independently or join clinic, health centers or hospitals. MA or MSc in Psychology or Applied Psychology and a 2-year M Phil in Psychology is the minimum qualifications specified by the Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology.
  • Counsellor – Counsellors offers support, consultation, techniques and therapies to people seeking help. Counselling connotes all kind of assistance that psychologists provide to those dealing issues like – career planning, difficult in handling the social issues, emotional problems, matrimonial or parenting crisis, divorce and domestic violence.
  • Forensic Psychologist – Forensic psychology is extensively used in criminal investigation and law cases, forensic psychology is an attractive career. Besides Psychology, Forensic Psychologists must know criminal and civil laws. A PhD in Psychology and degree in Criminology increases chances of being a successful in the field.
  • Industrial or Organizational Psychologist – This is a part of the course at Indian universities and one can specialize in it post graduation. Delhi University offers a full-time M.A. in Applied Psychology while the AVR Educational Foundation offers a correspondence MA degree course in Psychology which is approved by UGC, AICTE, and DEC. Industrial psychologists or organizational psychologists help employees improve their performance, behaviour, and build skills. They also help companies select professionals with right attitudes and aptitudes.
  • Special Education Teacher –These psychology graduates work with students having different types of disabilities – physical or mental.


Here are the average salary packages in different fields of psychology –

  • Counselling – 348,050 INR
  • Clinical Psychology – 411,745 INR
  • Patient Counselling – 390,000 INR
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning – 336,000 INR
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – 373,205 INR

Political Science

Earlier career options in Political Science were limited to academic fields only. However, it has changed now and scopes are much more varied where one can opt from a plethora of options in central and state government and also in private sectors. One can work as a political analyst, join the civil service, serve in the Indian Foreign service and even teach at the college or university level. Political journalism is also a smart career choice.

Career Prospects

A political scientist conducts surveys, analyses election results, interview relevant individuals and scrutinise available documentation. Some even attend legal proceedings and observe public events. Other tasks include:

  • Consulting work with governmental officials.
  • Identifying, researching, analysing and advocating public issues.
  • Preparing reports and documents.
  • Writing articles for publications in the newspapers, magazines and journals.
  • Advisors to the constitutional posts as the President, the Governor etc.

Potential Job Roles

As a political scientist, one can work for a Government, a think tank (research organisation), a non-profit organisation, a political lobby group, college or university, or even a business house. Some of the areas include:

Many political science students teach colleges, Degree College, university and management institutes.


One can do research in university, institute, business or industrial firm, N.G.O. or even in the non-profit or advocacy sector. Someone self-employed, and head their own research or consulting firms.


Many graduates of Political science programmes choose to become involved in print, television, or radio journalism. Political scientists also cover elections, interviews, or Press conferences.

Political Practice

There are a number of options for political practice. These include:

  • Policy Making and Administration 
  • Opportunities in Government Sector 
  • Opportunities in Business and Entrepreneurship

Other job roles

  • Public Administration.
  • Public Planning.
  • Social Policy.
  • Academics
  • Public affairs
  • Analysis
  • International relations / International Affairs.
  • Diplomacy
  • Archivist
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Intelligence expert
  • City Planner
  • Diplomat
  • International Organisation
  • Executive Advisor
  • Translator with a Foreign Envoy.


Salary depends on education and experience as well as on kind of role. Those with post graduation get better position and salary compared to bachelors. In government sector pay scale is better and you can expect a starting salary of 10,000 to 12,000 INR. In colleges/universities packages are attractive and range between 40,000 to 100000 depending upon seniority.

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