Engineering vs Media and Journalism: Which is better?
Updated on Sep 14, 2018 - 11:45 a.m. IST by Kumud Sahni

Engineering vs Media and Journalism: Which is better?- Students clearing class 12 are often confused and come up with questions like- What path or course to pursue? Interested in one subject but studied another? What are the career options, job prospects of pursuing a particular course? Among all these questions and professions, two courses which stand out are Engineering and Journalism. If you also are the one who is confused and questions Engineering-vs-Media and Journalism: which is better, then this article will enlighten you about the skills, academic path, salary and job prospects of the two which would help you in taking an informed decision.


Engineering vs Media and Journalism


Here is the list in detail of some qualities of both the profession which one must posses to pursue a career in them.


Why Engineering?


Are machines, new tech, coding, programing fun for you? Are you excited and enjoy doing it? Then engineering is one such profession which offers all of them in a package. Engineering is the top most sought after profession in India. It requires one to have a technical mind-set in addition to love for science, formulas, latest technology etc. One needs to have an always learning attitude in order to be a successful engineer.


Why Media and Journalism?


If researching and spying is what interests you, if you are bold and fearless and possess good writing and communication skills then media and journalism is a right profession for you. This profession has no space for protective people. It requires one to have passion for latest information, self confidence, ability to write in appropriate style etc.


Engineering vs Media and Journalism- A side by side comparison



Media and Journalism

Field of Study

Includes a number of fields to study namely- Mechanical Engineering, Automobile Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Bio medical Engineering etc.

There are several options in this field like- digital media, radio, film and videography, PR and media practice, print and publishing etc.

Requirements for Profession

Individuals with attitude of always learning and evolving with new technology, problem solvers can successfully go for engineering as a career option.

This profession requires one to be always active on their feet, body and mind. One must be confident and ready to explore the world.


It greatly varies with experience and expertise. One can start with a package of Rs. 3.5 to 5 lakh per annum.

Salary for a fresher may start with Rs. 3 lakh per annum. It greatly varies with ones creativity and experience.

Academic Path for Engineering-vs-Media and Journalism


You can read in detail about the academic stream and then courses to be pursued in both the fields below. Moreover, you can also read about entrance test conducted for admission to various pro-grammes and list of colleges.


How to pursue Engineering?


In order to pursue Engineering, one must opt for science stream at 10+2 level with preferably Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology/ Computer Science as major subjects. After clearing class 12, one can go for a B.Tech degree in the field of interest. The admission in B.Tech is mostly done through an entrance exam. Some of the main entrance exams are JEE Main, JEE Advanced, BITSAT, IPU CET, VITEEE etc. Students can check a list of top engineering colleges mentioned below in the table.


Top 10 Engineering Colleges



Entrance Exam


Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

JEE Advanced


Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

JEE Advanced


Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

JEE Advanced


Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

JEE Advanced


Indian Institute of Technology Madras

JEE Advanced


Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore



Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani



Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra

JEE Main


BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore



College of Engineering, Guindy


Academic Path in Media and Journalism


In order to pursue a career in Media and Journalism, one can pursue any stream at 10+2 level. After 12th one can take admission into different journalism courses like B.A. Journalism, B.Sc. (Hons.) Journalism, 5 year integrated courses in Journalism etc. Some institutes conduct entrance exam for the same like DU BMMMC, SET BA, DU DSJ, MU OET etc. One can also pursue a masters degree in journalism after completion of the undergraduate course. Students can check the list of Media and Journalism colleges in India. Some of them are mentioned below in the table.


List of Media and Journalism Colleges, India

Job Prospects in Engineering vs Media and Journalism


Both the fields offer varied job opportunities which are both challenging and demanding at the same time. But before deciding a career path one must look into factors like employment opportunities, income, job security to name a few.


Job Prospects in Engineering


Engineering is a broad term under which there are multiple branches and thus varied job opportunities. Some of the most popular fields are enlisted here:


  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Civil Engineering

  • Automobile Engineering

  • Computer Science Engineering

  • Aerospace Engineering

  • Electronics and Communication Engineering

  • Bio-medical Engineering

  • Information Technology

Salary for freshers in engineering field may vary from 3.5 to 5 lakh per annum. Though it increases rapidly with experience, qualification and expertise in concerned field.


Job Prospects in Media and Journalism


After completing a degree in journalism one can work in multiple fields as:

  • Reporter

  • Content Writer

  • Proof Reader

  • Editor

  • Photojournalism

  • Broadcast Journalism

  • Investigative Journalist

  • Public Relations 

Salary for freshers may start from 3.46 lakh per annum which increases with experience but there is not much scope in this field in terms of salary growth.


So, before choosing any career one must look into all the factors and do a self check to realize one’s interest and capabilities.

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