Clearing SSC is a huge achievement and this is where the big question of career choice arises. Nowadays because of the competitive world,  it has become competitive at the age of 14-15 when most of the students are in 10th class or secondary class and think about what career options they have after 10th and can pursue without continuing further education.

This choice is a big one to make because this is the time you choose the career you are going to put hard efforts. This is the time when you seek advice from your friends, teachers, parents and career counselors to help you decide best career after 10th.

While the most obvious option would continue with Higher Secondary education (HSC), some of you might be looking forward to building yourself a career right away which is why you must be here. Don’t let the pressures of career overwhelm you. Sit and think hard about your decision.

Understand Your Passion


You must have seen your parents, relatives and friends’ parents nag about their jobs right? It’s not unusual to see professionals struggle with their work every day. You wouldn’t want to be stuck in that crazy loop of work problems, would you?

Understand your interests and choose your career accordingly. It’s normal to be influenced by other factors around us however, always remember this is the career you will be choosing for life. You can only be happy in it if you enjoy it. Instead of following others, set your own path that makes you want to go that way.

Analyze Your Career Choice

Analyze Your Career Choice

So you have figured out what you like but do you have what it takes? Building a career is a long process, one filled with efforts and hard work. Sit down and ask yourself if you are ready to make that commitment. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. Analyze yours. More difficult than choosing a career is preparing for it. You can choose a career out of sheer interest but if you do not have the skills needed to continue then it might become a problem in the future. So it’s better to make your choice wisely before you realize that you have made a mistake.

Seek Advice

You will surely be confused about what to do after 10th. Don’t hesitate to seek help from the experienced ones. Ask for guidance from professional career consultants, your parents, their friends, teachers, and your seniors. They have gone through the same and can help you better with understanding your career opportunities.

As per the standard norm, it is almost obvious to continue with grade 11th and select a stream namely from Arts, Science and Commerce. But not all students are dedicated to do doing that. There are many who want to go straight into building a career right after matriculation.

So what are the career opportunities you can choose after passing 10th ?

Read on to find out:

1. Animation

Animation in India has certainly reached a great height in the past few years that has led to many career opportunities for those interested in a career in this field. If you have a thing for computers and graphics, then this is your field. You can pursue Certificate and Diploma courses in animation from certified Training Institutes after passing 10th.

What do you need? Just a set of skills like good observation, drawing and sketching skills, concentration and communication skills. From 2D/3D animation to higher level VFX, there are a lot many possibilities for you to explore in this area.

Cost of Animation Course

The cost of animation course can fall anywhere between Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 200,000. It completely depends on the institution and course you are applying for. There are many institutions that offer scholarships and funding to merit holders.

Job Prospects

With a rise in animated films, there’s great scope for animation students to find well-paying jobs in the animation industry. Gaming business is also booming which calls for creative animators every day.

Pay Scale

While the initial years in this industry are more about training, a pay packet of Rs. 10,000-20,000 per month is expected. With more experience, you will rise up the ladder and be able to earn up to Rs. 50,000-2,70,000 per month.

2. Beauty Industry

Beauty care and cosmetology is a growing field in India with the rise of fashion awareness. If you are one interested in getting into the art of beauty care, then you can choose this career path after 10th grade. The beauty industry has a vast range of areas you can work in, like hair styling, hair removal, skin care, beauty therapy, makeup and more. There are workshops you can attend, diploma and certificate courses are also a great way to start your career as a Beautician or Makeup Artist.


Cost of Beauty industry course

While diploma courses cost somewhere between Rs. 7,000-15,000, a full-fledged course can fall anywhere between Rs. 60,000-300,000 based on the course and institution you have selected.

Job Prospects

The beauty industry is one where your skills and creativity make all the difference. Both Girls and Boys can make their careers after 10th standard in this feild. From hair stylists, estheticians, beauty therapist to electrologist; there are myriad options available. With a degree in medical cosmetology, you can start your own practice by treating skin diseases and alike, surgical knowledge will help you get established well.

Big beauty companies also hire cosmetologists, advisors and beauty executives to help with their products. Celebrities nowadays also hire makeup artists and stylists on a full time basis. This can also prove to be a great kick to your career as a beauty care specialist.

Pay Scale

Beginning with a career in beauty, Rs. 120,000-150,000 per annum is the standard pay. However, you will earn higher with more years of experience. Working with big brands and companies, you can earn up to Rs. 500,000. You can also run your own beauty ventures and make yourself a lucrative business of up to Rs. 700,000.

3. Modeling

Are you someone who loves fashion and camera? Modeling is the best career options after 10th for you.
. What do you have to do? Simply enroll in a film academy, attend modeling workshops or join any institution of creative arts. There are not many requirements for a modeling career and the scope is fairly high.


Modeling classes are usually run in combination with acting. This can lead you to invest Rs. 50,000- 200,000. Diploma courses cost much less between Rs. 20,000-25,000

Job Prospects

There’s high demand for models to star in fashion shows, TV commercials, product endorsements, photography shoots and music albums.

Pay Scale

Modeling has to be one of the most lucrative career options considering the opportunities and exposure that you are subjected to. On average, beginner models earn up to Rs. 6,000-10,000 per assignment. Once established, sky is the limit. Supermodels can earn up to Rs 250,000 to 500,000 for one advertisement.


4. Fashion Design

For fashion lovers, there’s another opportunity awaiting in the fashion industry. If you think if you have a passion for reading current trends and ability to create new and creative styles, you can enroll in any fashion institute. Certificate and diploma courses will also suffice.

Fashion Design


Fashion designing is a comparatively expensive course for the level of work and exposure goes into the learning level only. Depending primarily on the institution, getting a degree in fashion design can cost you anywhere between Rs. 30,000-1,500,000.

Job Prospects

With the growing fashion awareness, a degree in fashion design can open you up to many career possibilities just after completing a job oriented course in Fashion Designing after 10th. You can work under renowned fashion designers and gain experience. Once you have learned enough, you can come up with your own line.

Pay Scale

Beginning as a fashion designer, you can make up to Rs. 175,000 per annum. Once you gain experience, your remuneration can go up to Rs. 10,00,000 to several crores.

5. Photography

Are you a shutterbug? Love clicking pictures? Photography is a booming industry and one of the best career choices after 10th that will help you make an earning out of your hobby.

From event photography, fashion photography, sports photography, pet photography to wildlife photography; the opportunities are endless. You can simply get a portfolio done by a professional and look for agencies hiring or be a freelance photographer. You can also pursue professional photography courses to refine your skills and learn about art.

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Crash or advance courses can cost Rs. 10,000-25,000. Full-fledged courses in photography may need investment between Rs. 200,000-500,000 from a good institution.

Job Prospects

The rise of media has lead to many opportunities for photographers in India. There are openings for press photographers, commercial/industrial photographers, wedding photographers, fashion photographers, wildlife photographers and food photographers. You can also be a freelance photographer by taking selected assignments.

Pay Scale

Beginning as a photographer, the standard pay is between Rs. 35,000-75,000 per year. Once you have got a strong hold over your skills, you may as well earn up to 100,000-400,000 per assignment.

6. Dance

Dancing is one career that India has taken time to accept but it is also one that has achieved global recognition. If you think if you have the talent for a career in this field then you become a professional choreographer. You can also temporarily be a dance teacher and earn some recognition before you can full time into dancing.

Fitness related dance forms like Zumba are some good options to start with. You can also join programs by professional dance academies and head into dance careers for theatre and film industry.



Advanced courses may cost from Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 55,000 from a professional institute.

Job Prospects

There was a time when dance graduates had no option but to become a dance teacher. Now there are many career options awaiting dance enthusiasts. You can be a background dancer for dance videos, film song sequences, choreographer, dance therapist, fitness trainer and much more.

Pay Scale

As an associate of a renowned choreographer, you can earn up to Rs. 15,000-30,000 monthly. Once you build a reputation, you can make some good cash of up to Rs. 55,000 to several lakhs.


7. Foreign Languages

Do you have a curiosity for foreign languages? You can actually make a career out of it. Many schools and institutes provide coaching in foreign languages. Common languages like Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, French, German pay pretty well.

You can be a language teacher. Language interpreter is also a great job where you can serve to foreign delegates and tourists by helping them communicate in another country. You can also become a travel guide with knowledge of other languages.

Furthermore, a language translator is also a good job where you have to translate written pieces into your own language. However, you may need a certified degree for that as translation is more of a tough field where competition is fairly high. Make sure you have exceptional skills if you want to become a translator. Many institutes also invite volunteers from around the world to teach beginner’s level language to foreign students.

Foreign Languages



A full-fledged course in foreign languages can fall somewhere between Rs. 40,000-100,000 while diploma/certification course may cost you around Rs. 5,000-30,000.

Job Prospects

With knowledge of foreign languages, you can not only get a job in the education sector as a teacher/professor, but also incorporate bodies as interpreter/translator to foreign delegates. Furthermore, you can even have a writing career as a translator of books and other pieces of writing.

Pay Scale

On average, you can earn somewhere between Rs. 25,000-1,60,000 per month with a career in foreign languages.


8. Sports

If you have a passion for sports in school,  then you will be surprised at the opportunities waiting for you. With growing worldwide recognition, this field has an amazing scope for those with skills. You can compete in school level contests and then go further into state level and national level competitions. Getting professional help will always help as sports is a vast field but also one with extreme competition.




For a sports-related career, an investment of Rs. 30,000-100,000 is the average required.

Job Prospects

Sports is a vast and growing field with the kind of exposure now Indian players are getting worldwide. From a sportsman to a sports coach, you have a myriad of options to discover. You can also enroll in a sports management course and become a sports agent which is a pretty lucrative career nowadays.

Pay Scale

On average, sports managers earn Rs. 1,50,000-300,000. However, for a player it’s completely different, the better a sportsperson you become, the more you will earn per tournament.

9. Indian Navy

You can go for Indian Navy by simply taking an examination conducted by the Navy annually. Recruitments for the Navy include Sailors, Apprentices and more. You can seek help of coaching institutes to prepare for the exams.


While government colleges charge around Rs. 250,000, private colleges fee structure will go up to Rs. 4,50,000-5,00,000.

Job Prospects

There are many positions open in the merchant navy for candidates. Deck officers, Electro-technical officer, Engineers, Ratings, and catering & hospitality are some of the jobs open for you to explore.

Pay Scale

Merchant navy is a job with many career opportunities. Based on your position, you can earn anywhere between Rs. 12,000-800,000 per month.


10. Indian Army

If you are passionate about serving your country then Indian Army is once career option you must give a thought to after clearing your 10th grade examination. The process is easy. You just need to take a written examination. Your only requirements would be a good physique, good mental health and perfect eyesight.


Coaching for preparation of Indian Army are available at many institutions. The cost may fall between Rs. 5000-15,000.

Job Prospects

Depending on your interests, you can explore many areas. Infantry, electrical and mechanical engineers, armored corps, artillery, intelligence corps, ordnance corps, army medical corps, nursing officers, postal services, education corps, veterinary corps, and military police are some of the fields you can get into. If you are planning to enter into Special Forces of Indian Army then you have to first Join Indian Army.

Pay Scale

Pay scale is based on your position. While the minimum pay of a Sepoy is Rs. 25,000, a celebrated colonel may earn up to Rs. 130,000 monthly.

11. Indian Police Force

If you are one keen on keeping the country safe then Indian Police Force could be a feasible career option. There are many branches in the Indian Police Service to choose from; Crime Branch, Traffic Bureau, Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Home Guards. You just have to appear for the annual IPS Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.

Indian Police Force


The fees for police administration may fall between Rs. 10,000-15,000.

Job Prospects

You can join in the Indian Police force through Intelligence Agencies like Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), National Investigation Agency (NIA), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Research & Analysis Wing (RAW). Police services include Indian Police Services (IPS), State Police Services (SPS), and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Other law enforcement departments include Excise & Taxation, Customs, Central Vigilance Commission and so on.

Pay Scale

Indian police officers can earn anywhere between Rs. 50,000-225,000 based on their ranking.

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