Not just computer science and information technology, degrees in other disciplines also have a good scope in job markets abroad. We take a quick look at a few sectors that have the most potential for jobs overseas.
But a few common points to keep in mind:
One, if you have a postgraduate degree, you will have a greater chance of success in most cases than other job applicants with only graduate degrees or diplomas. Read how a Master’s Degree can help your career during and after recession
Two, the reputation of your college or university matters: if you have done your graduate or postgraduate degree in a “Top 10” school, nothing like it.
Three, apart from your academic grades, a few qualities or attributions are nice to have and will boost your candidature: communication skills, people skills, general awareness, computer literacy, confidence, motivation, and willingness to learn, to name a few.
Best degree to get a job abroad
Here’s a list of the best degrees that can get you good international jobs with lucrative salaries.
Professionals with traditional engineering degrees are as much in demand as computer science and information technology degree-holders abroad. While engineers are much sought after for infrastructure jobs in the Middle East, computer science graduates can find many job opportunities in the US.
That engineering jobs are available only in the developing countries is a myth. Jobs are available in developed nations, too, but in slightly remote places, because of a lack of skilled native professionals in these regions.
As for those who have a degree in computer science, a B. Tech. degree is not always necessary; a BSc or BCA/MCA degree is equally good for many positions.
International jobs come calling to degree holders in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, petroleum engineering, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering, IT and telecom, electrical and computer science engineering, mechatronics, robotics, industrial and manufacturing engineering, and geophysical engineering. Agricultural engineering, chemical engineering, and material engineering also have good prospects for employment outside India.
Degree (basic requirement): Bachelor’s degree from a reputed college. Preferred: Postgraduate degree.
Destination Countries: US, UK, other European countries, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, UAE, and Kuwait.
Healthcare and pharmacy
The healthcare industry, given its growth all over the world, will require more and more professionals in the coming years as the population and the number of elderly people increase. The number of jobs in health management, nursing, and occupational therapy will witness major growth. Health systems will recruit health professionals including medical practitioners, dentists, nurses, and pharmacists.
Degree (basic requirement): MBBS, BDS, BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery), BHMS (Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery), and BSc (Nursing). Postgraduate qualifications are mandatory in some cases, and improve chances of success in others.
An allied field, pharmacy, will provide gainful employment in the coming years.
Degree (basic): Bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences and Pharm. D.
Destination Countries: US, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, Singapore.
The field of life sciences offers greener pastures for graduates from India. Biotechnology is giving big data and artificial intelligence a run for their money when it comes to job opportunities globally. The salaries that professionals with biotech or biomedical sciences earn nearly match those of IT experts. Many biotech degree holders find their true potential working as scientists or working for a business administration degree for a management job.
Degrees: BE/B. Tech./BSc and ME/M. Tech./MSc in biotechnology, and graduate and postgraduate degrees in biology.
Destination Countries: US, Denmark, Singapore, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia.
Bioinformatics is particularly important to the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors and consists of important research topics such as genome analysis. To become a bioinformatics scientist (a professional who identifies the causes of plant, animal, and human development and disease), you require excellent computational skills and the ability to analyze data.
Research and development jobs for bioinformatics degree holders command high salaries. The best option could be to earn a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology, biology, or genetic engineering, and then complete a postgraduate degree in bioinformatics.
Degrees: Bachelor’s degree in biotech/biology/genetic engineering; PG degree in bioinformatics.
Destination Countries: US, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria.
There are two facets to the field of energy that are being tackled by professionals the world over. While population growth is leading to an ever-increasing demand for traditional sources of energy, and consequently for professionals in the field of mining and petroleum, the interests of the environment and sustainability are leading to an increase in demand for earth/environmental scientists and renewable energy experts.
Therefore, graduates with degrees in environmental studies and renewable energy, on the one hand, and mining and petroleum engineering and geology, on the other, are likely to find plentiful job opportunities abroad. Allied fields with scope for employment include chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, fire and safety technology, civil engineering, and electrical engineering.
Degrees (energy): Bachelor’s or master’s in oil and gas technology, petroleum engineering, geology, engineering geology, and geo-informatics.
Destination Countries: Australia, Philippines, Trinidad & Tobago, China, Russia, Denmark, Indonesia.
Degrees (sustainable energy): Bachelor’s or master’s in renewable energy (along with allied subjects such as clean technology and carbon management) earth sciences, sustainable technology, environmental engineering, environmental geology, and ecology.
Destination Countries: US, UK, New Zealand, Scotland, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Japan.
The tremendous growth in world population poses a challenge to all countries to improve food production. Lifestyle changes following urbanization, renewed health consciousness, and the demand for nutritious diets also make agricultural sciences an exciting sector when it comes to jobs.
Graduates with degrees in agricultural sciences, as also research and development professionals from India, are in demand the world over. Job prospects are available in diverse roles such as manufacturing and processing, research and development, quality assurance and control, marketing, and business development.
Degrees: BSc/MSc in agriculture, agricultural engineering, agriculture Information technology, food processing and technology, and biotechnology.
Destination Countries: US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand.
Read more: Careers in Agricultural Science
Banking, financial services, insurance
Banking and insurance, asset management, broking, fintech, and investment management professionals are in demand in the US and Europe. Moreover, after disruptions in 2015-16, banking and finance job opportunities in Dubai and the rest of UAE have opened up.
Positions include accounts manager, finance manager, financial advisor, financial analyst, relationship manager, teller, and telemarketer.
Degrees: Graduate and postgraduate degrees in economics, MBA in finance, banking, and international business. Preferred: Postgraduate degree from a US or UK university.
Destination Countries: US (Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco), UAE (Dubai), Germany (Frankfurt), China (Hong Kong), UK (London), Japan (Tokyo), Zurich (Switzerland).
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Data science, analytics, statistics
Data fuels the modern digital economy. Companies the world over are trying to find ways to extract data relevant to them and use it to improve the reach of their businesses. Data science is a blend of skills in areas such as hacking, mathematics, and business. Analytics involves data use, data analysis, predictive theories, and data management, and is applied in various sectors such as FMCG, financial services, retail, travel, healthcare, and marketing.
Destination Countries: US, UK, China, France, Germany, South Korea, Israel.
Among other sectors are hospitality and tourism, retail, digital and interactive media and communications, and industrial organizational psychology.
As for hospitality and tourism, job prospects are particularly good in Australia and New Zealand besides the US, Canada, UK, France, and UAE. Read Masters in Tourism and Hospitality Management – Career Prospects and Top Schools
Retail also offers job prospects in western countries. A BBA in retail management and a relevant MBA are likely to bring job offers abroad.
Media and communications have undergone a sea change with the introduction of new technologies. So, for getting job offers in this field, a good understanding of technology, besides creativity, is important. Job destinations include US, Canada, UK, Singapore, Ireland, and New Zealand.
Industrial organizational psychology involves studies of the various engagements and interactions of employees at their workplace. Companies are employing psychologists to better understand the work environment and employer-employee dynamics. Recruitment, training, job analysis, and performance measurement are some of the areas where psychologists are deployed.
A postgraduate degree is usually required, particularly for careers in the private sector, and a doctorate degree will be an additional advantage. The industrial organizational psychologist job market is among the fastest growing occupations in the US.
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