I am studying Diploma in Chemical Engineering (in Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University). There are also other trades like Electronics and Telecommunication, Computer Engineering and Instrumentation, but I chose Chemical. Is there scope for Chemical engineering or should I change to Computers or some other trade? Right now if get more than 60% marks in first year then I plan to change my course. Is this wise?
There is definitely scope for chemical engineering. The range of products the chemical and other allied industries produce is quite large. Naturally, the total number of job opportunities in chemical and allied industries is huge. But right now, the situation is quite bleak in manufacturing industries including the chemical industries because manufacturing industries all over the world is going through a slump. In any case, there are a few industries like the Bioprocess industry, Food processing, Agrochemicals, Drugs and Pharmaceuticals and Petroleum industries which are doing fine and their future outlook is also encouraging. Chemical engineers will find good career opportunities in these fields. Chemical engineers will also find career opportunities in industrial safety, environment control and quality control functions of various industries. But the question of whether you should change to another stream or not should be answered on the basis of your aptitudes, interests and personality. If you have the right potentials suitable for a particular field, you will do well in that, irrespective of the prospects. So we would suggest that you obtain a profile of your aptitudes, interests and personality from a professional career counsellor and then choose your stream of studies.