There are many courses that one can study in Nigeria today, checking the JAMB brochure can validate that; But the truth is some courses are way more marketable than the others. You may want to consider these courses very well before applying if you intend to be very relevant in your choice of study in the next decade or future in Nigeria and the world at large.
What I mean by marketable is the chances of getting a job quickly after completing the course, not just getting a job but getting a well-paying one at that; Or career opportunities available to be able to make something good out of the degree. Don’t be deceived, studying any of these courses does not guarantee that you will make it in itself; they only offer more opportunities than others.
You can be successful by working hard or preferably smart, adding value to others while you also add value to yourself by acquiring professional certifications.
Compiled in this article are the top 10 most marketable courses in Nigeria and a brief explanation to buttress my claims.
Please note that this is a mere hypothesis that stands to be criticized. Your contribution is welcome on what you think is better. Feel free to comment courses you feel should be on the list of best after viewing the writer’s opinion.
These are the top 10 most marketable courses in Nigeria. Besides the first one mention on this list, the other courses listed here are not listed in any particular order.
This course for a long time has been the most marketable course to study in Nigeria. This is because of the general belief that immediately you complete your university training as a medical doctor; you will surely get a job quickly. And that fresh doctors are the best paid among university graduates while the profession of doctor, in general, is among the best paid in Nigeria that is why most parents persuade or force their children to study medicine.
2. Estate Management:
Following the increasing housing demands of the modern day Nigeria due to its population, more building are being constructed and more housing projects are being carried out. this paves way for estate management to become a very marketable course in Nigeria today as estate managers will be required to oversee the management of these buildings.private and publicly owned housing companies regularly hire the services of estate managers. You can also start up your company and start a private housing agency by representing private owners having had training on it.
This is one of the best courses to study in Nigeria that you can be certain of getting a good job. Accountants are needed in every sector or company in Nigeria because everyone deals with finances. Accountants are always needed in government establishments, companies, hotels, banks, schools, airports, etc. getting professional certifications like ICAN and getting registered with a professional body will increase your chances in this field.
4. Chemical and Petroleum Engineering:
Until now, petroleum can be said to be one of the major driving force of the Nigerian economy. This explains why Chemical and Petroleum Engineering is one of the most marketable courses in Nigeria. Every year, the chemical and petroleum companies in the country recruit graduates in this field. Getting this job might not be easy because of the competition, but if you will be hired, you definitely will be paid well.
5. Theatre Arts:
Sequel to the rate at which the Nigerian entertainment industry is flourishing, Theatre Arts has become one of the best course to study in Nigeria. Gone are the days when parents don’t want their children/wards to study arts. However, the best universities in Nigeria where you can study this course are the University of Lagos, the University of Port Harcourt, and the university of Calabar.
Just like Medicine, this is a very competitive course that requires a very high UTME score to get admission into any university to study this course. Рharmacists are trained to know how to formulate medicines, how it works, how they interact with the body and the side effects of these medicines. As a graduate of рharmacy, you can work in a pharmaceutical company, hospital establishments or for рharmaceutical agencies like NAFDAC and many others. You even can decide to start your own рharmaceutical company if you have what it takes.
7. Computer Engineering and Information Technology:
In this age of information technology, computer engineering, and information technology graduates are hot cakes in the labour market. In my own opinion, this course is one of the best courses to study for the future. Almost everyone is using computers and the internet today. and almost every business is online. The rate of growth of the computer and information technology industry in Nigeria is high. That is why governments and companies are looking to employ experts in this field to provide more services and solutions in this industry. And the demand for computer engineering and information technology graduates will surely increase in the future.
8. Nursing and Laboratory Sciences:
Nursing is also one of the best courses to study in Nigeria that is very marketable because as a nursing graduate, you have limitless possibilities just like a medical graduate. You can get a job easily in Nigeria or any other part of the world. Nurses are in high demand in most foreign countries as well. The same can be said of laboratory scientists. But one thing you should know is that as a fresh Nursing graduate, you might not earn so much. So it is advisable to build your career by doing professional courses in other sub-specialties of nursing to boost your career options and earnings.
A degree in marketing is one of the most demanded university degrees in Nigeria today. The services of marketers are needed in almost every business organization to help them compete and thrive in the midst of competition in their market. Marketing is something that requires professional expertise, and not just anybody can become a marketer.
10. Mass Communication.
If you are an Arts student in secondary school or you have a child or ward who is, one of the art courses that you should consider is Mass Communication. Although not many Nigerian universities offer this course because they lack the facilities to do so. As Mass Communication graduate you can work in media houses such as broadcast(T.V/Radio) or print(Newspaper). You can also work in advertising firms or even work for the government as well. Also, you can decide to become a freelance journalist, photo-journalism or simply employ yourself giving back to the society in every way meaningful using journalism.
These are the courses that made our list of top ten most marketable courses in Nigeria. It is, therefore, pertinent that you understand that getting a degree on any of these course doesn’t guarantee you success, you must have good knowledge in your field, be ready for competition, be competitive and work smart.