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Monday, 27 October 2014

10 Most Marketable Courses In Nigeria

Caveat: This is not based on hard data but on
observations. It is compiled by JarusHub editor and
2 other contributors to this site.

Note also that this is not based on who earns the highest salary, but who has potential to earn decent income with his degree.

Potential is the operative word here.

Here we go:
10. Mass Communication/Journalism: Mass
Communication will remain a marketable because
not many Universities do it, but many institutions
need it. The downside is, journalism is not seen as
exclusive preserve of MassComm graduates, as
graduates of almost any course are recruited by
news outfits. Yet, the course still stands a decent
chance.

9. Law: Maybe the supply is fast outstripping
demand and affecting pricing, Law has declined in
economic value. However, it remains a Top 10
course. Whether you decide to practice or go into
corporate world, or you decide to go into allied
things like real estate agency, you still stand a
decent chance of earning decent income with a Law
degree.

8. Nursing/Laboratory Science: Nurses don’t earn
mouth-watering pay, but they
are hardly jobless. I
see Nurses change jobs like clothes. Hospitals and
clinics – private and public – are springing up
everyday, and a medium size clinic needs at least 4
Nurses. Some may have as much as 20. Same goes
with Lab scientists, although in lower demand.

7. Mechanical, Electrical & other related Engineering
courses: Engineering courses generally sell in the
oil and gas industry. In addition these courses are
also asked for in other major industries.

6. Economics/Accounting/Finance: The good thing
about Economics is that it fits into many roles. I
hesitated to include Accounting here because
Accounting degree alone without professional
qualifications is not usually so helpful; however, I
included it because I expect the accounting
graduate to do the needful of writing professional
examinations after his degree. Even without
professional qualifications, you can still get a
decent job with Accounting degree only in the many
small to medium scale firms that require the
services of accounting graduates. Finance is
another great course. The three courses,
sometimes alongside Management and Business
Administration, are usually in hot demand, although
supply still exceed demand and many graduates of
these courses are still jobless.

5. Computer Science/Computer Engineering/IT
courses: IT professionals are in hot demand the
world over. Nigeria is not different. With special IT
skills, your chance is even brighter. The downside
is, anybody can learn IT skills, even if he doesn’t
study computer engineering.

4. Geology: It is also a course that places you in
good position to penetrate the much-sought-after
oil industry.

3. Chemical/Petroleum Engineering: These courses
have the potential to fetch you the fattest pay check
after graduation because the companies that ask
for them are those that pay heavily – the oil
companies.

2. Estate Management/Architecture/Building/
Survey/Civil Engineering: A degree in any of these
courses places you in a good position for self-
employment. Even from school, Architecture
students make money drawing plans for people. We
consider these courses the second most
marketable courses in Nigeria.

1. Medicine: Medicine may not earn you N500k per
month at entry level, but it is the course that
guarantees you job the most. I have never come
across a jobless medical doctor. The pay may not
be as heavy as the Chemical engineering guy in the
IOC, but you are guaranteed of better-than-average
income as a doctor. Medicine is number 1 on our
list.

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