Scope of Bachelors in Computer Application

Scope of Bachelors in Computer Application

Information technology and Software Industry is one of the most booming industries in India. This has led to a simultaneous rise in the Computer Science and Application courses at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The Bachelors in Computer Application is a 3-year course offered by some of the best colleges in India. In this course, the student learns about Programming principles and Algorithms, Computer fundamental and automation, Database concepts, Core Java, C++, and many other subjects.

Computer application graduates have a huge demand in the industry because of the growing IT sector. The graduates can work in various fields like academics, research, government, management, and more.

Career options after pursuing Bachelors in Computer Application (BCA)

BCA is a great course for anyone interested in a career in computers, and many Multi-National Companies (MNCs) also hire BCA graduates. However, it’s always better to gain expertise in the area you’re looking forward to working for your entire life.

The following options can be taken up after completing BCA:

  • Working in a software company.
    After completing graduation, you can work in a software company or any other relevant company as per your interest. The IT sector has a wide scope of job responsibilities and so, there are ample opportunities.
  • Pursuing a Masters in Computer Application (MCA) and Ph.D.
    While BCA mostly deals with the fundamentals of computer application and its related subjects, MCA is more concerned with theoretical knowledge and its practical applications.
    There are many specializations like systems development, management information systems, and systems management that can be pursued.
    If you want to gain more knowledge in the field of computers then Ph.D. can also be done after MCA.
  • Pursuing a Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
    MBA is mostly a higher education option for those who want to be an entrepreneur and start their own software development company or discover new software.
    Courses like MBA in Computer Science and Computer Management enhance computer skills and teach relevant managerial skills.
  • Pursuing short-term courses
    There are many short-term courses popular among BCA graduates, like Java, Oracle, SAP, MySQL, and Web development. These courses are mostly pursued by those who want to work and learn at the same time. These are affordable part-time courses that enhance skills in a particular area to make the working experience and knowledge base stronger.
  • Self-employment or Freelance
    This is generally the path for people who want to create their personal brand and work for themselves rather than for a permanent company. They work on contracts for short-term and long-term projects. These are beneficial since they provide learning experiences and income at the same time.

Since the demand for IT professionals is increasing day by day, the top companies hire both freshers and Masters students. However, it’s always better to pursue higher education for added knowledge and benefits.

These career options depend on your ultimate goal. If the goal is to be an entrepreneur, then an MBA would be the best. Alternatively, if the goal is to be a software developer, then an MCA or a specialization would be the best. It’s important to measure the goals and take steps accordingly.

Employment areas for a BCA graduate

  •  Consultancy firms
  •  Financial Institutions
  •  Software development companies
  •  Government agencies
  •  Banks

Job Profiles

There are several job profiles for a BCA graduate- private sector, public sector, and government agencies. Some of these profiles are:

  • Web developer
  • Programmer
  • Software developer
  • Commercial and Industrial Designer
  • Database Administrators
  • Independent consultants
  • E-Commerce Executives
  • Computer system analysts
  • Software publisher

The average salary of BCA graduates

Many top companies hire BCA graduates as freshers like Wipro, Tech Mahindra, Infosys, HCL, Accenture, and Microsoft.

The highest-paid starting salary of a fresher is usually between Rs.15,000-18,000 while that of an MCA or an MBA is around Rs.25,000 plus incentives. The IT giants offer a high salary which comes with experience and knowledge, their highest salary is usually up to six figures.

To sum it up, Bachelor’s in Computer Application has a huge scope considering the growing IT industry in the country. Not only in our country but it’s one of the most sought after and demanded professions in the world. So, if you have a knack for computers and want to take it forward, then don’t think twice, just do it.

Henry Maris |Secretary, Nazareth College of Arts & Science, Chennai