This compilation of top 10 most marketable degree courses
in Nigeria is not based on real data survey per se, but on
repeated unrecorded observation of people in the work
industry who have studied the courses in the past. Note also
that this is not based on who earns the highest salary, but
who has potential to earn decent income and live a
comfortable life with his degree. In other words, we are
talking about potentials, not how much the person is paid
every month end.
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
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
7. Mechanical, Electrical & other related Engineering
Engineering courses generally sell in the oil and gas industry.
In addition these courses are also asked for in other major
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.
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
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.
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.
If your profession is so nice to have made this top 10 most
marketable degree courses in Nigeria but was omitted,
kindly add it in the comment box to assist others who would
love to study the degree programme.
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