So many things come into play when choosing a particular course to study in school. While for some people the major factor they consider is passion. For some others, it is what they hope to get out of it in the nearest future -in terms of money. Whatever rocks the boat for you, here is our list of highest paying courses in Nigeria.
The essence of this article is not to discourage anyone from pursuing his or her dream course.
You can study whatever you want in school and still be able to navigate through life somehow.
However, experience or should I call it the “Nigerian experience”, has taught us to follow the best lucrative courses and make them our dream.
While every course is important and can attract you a reasonable pay. Some are far more lucrative in the sense that there is a high demand for professionals in those fields.
Due to that high demand, graduates in of such disciples are often paid better than their counterparts.
Also, with or without direct employment from public and private companies, they tend to do better in life financially.
Highest Paying Courses in Nigeria
Want to know the most lucrative disciplines to study In Nigeria today in 2021? Continue reading to find out.
Listed below are some of the best paying courses to study in school right here in Nigeria.
The list is a random list so the first few ones are not necessarily the highest. It’s just a list that reveals some of the most lucrative disciplines in our country today. Check them out below.
1.) Petrochemical Engineering
Petrochemical engineering graduates are highly sought after in several oil companies in Nigeria.
A person who did petroleum and chemical engineering as a discipline in school earns far better than several others who studied different things while in school.
Even at the entry-level, their average monthly salary plus allowances and other bonuses trumps that of others .
In Nigeria today, the salary range of graduates of this course is N400,000 to N1,500,000. That is including the allowances and bonus they receive per month.
The only major challenge with studying this course in Nigeria is that without being employed in a government owned firm or a private company, you can hardly do anything meaningful with the certificate. That doesn’t easily happen though.
That is why you can hardly come across petrochemical engineers who are unemployed.
2.) Medicine and Surgery
It is a widely known fact that Nigeria has more needs than the present number of doctors in the country can meet. With our population rapidly increasing every year, there will always be more room for medical doctors in the country.
Studying medicine and surgery in school automatically means you have said your final goodbye to unemployment, lack etc.
Wherever you go in the country, the job will come knocking for you. From the government and private hospitals.
The course also equips you with all you need in terms of knowledge and license , to start your own hospital anywhere in Nigeria.
A person who studied medicine and surgery in school stands to make from N350,000 to N800,000 every month in Nigeria.
3.) Computer Engineering/Science
Computer science and computer engineering also fall among the top paying courses in Nigeria.
This is as a result of the fact that the use of computers in day to day activities has become a norm in so many companies within the country.
From the manufacturing companies to banks, hospitals, pharmacies, insurance companies etc.
Nearly every sector in Nigeria today needs computer engineers to thrive. This increase in their demands has led to the graduates of these two courses being among the highest earners in our society today.
If you study either of these courses in Nigeria presently, you are sure to get paid from N250,000 to N500,000 every month as salary.
This course has to do with the production of drugs and other pharmaceuticals that help in curing diseases.
In Nigeria, pharmacy remains one of the most lucrative courses anyone can study. Upon graduation, you either choose to work in an already established firm or start up your own.
An average pharmacist in Nigeria working in any firm earns around N300,000 to N500,000 as monthly salary, making pharmacy one of the highest paying courses in the country.
You cannot have a list of the most lucrative disciplines to study in Nigeria without a mention of Geology.
Even if you are just listing the top 10 highest paying courses, top 8 or top 7 of them. They are highly sought by almost all the oil and gas companies in Nigeria.
A good degree in this course like Masters degree or any other higher one will give you an edge over several other graduates in Nigeria, even above those in the same field with you.
On the average , a geologist in Nigeria earns almost the same salary as a petrochemical engineer.That’s from N400,000 to N1,500,000. This depends on the company he is working at, most multinational oil companies in Nigeria pay their workers.
6.) Accounting and Finance
Accounting and finance are two courses that can guarantee you a higher pay as salary at end of every month once you graduate.
There is a huge demand for them in our country. Both in government and private firms , they are highly needed.
To boost your chances of earning even more as an accountant in Nigeria, you can add globally recognized accounting courses like chartered Accountancy, CMA, ACC, PA, CPA and so on. With that, your chances of working anywhere will be very high.
Accountants are known to receive from N300,000 to N500,000 every month as salary over here.
Law is often not regarded as a very lucrative course by Nigerians and their reason is quite understandable.
People who studied law in school do not always have a “waiting job” like others in this list.
But the truth is, once they are working in a good firm, they get paid handsomely every month.
Apart from that, studying Law will expose you to so many opportunities. For instance, you can easily become a company’s legal adviser and make so much money every month. You also have a better chance of going for any political position in Nigeria.
On the average, people who did law in school earns about N200,000 to N400,000 every month over here.
8.) Electrical Engineering
People who studied this course in school are highly sought after in power generating companies all over the country.
After your graduation, you can work in PHCN, EEDC, EKEDC and several other electricity distributing companies we have here in Nigeria. You can also work on other companies apart from those in power sector.
In Nigeria, people that did this discipline in school can earn up to N200,000 monthly.
9.) Civil Engineering
Study Civil engineering will expose you to so many opportunities from the government and other private corporations in terms of contracts and other benefits.
You get to contribute meaningfully to your country in terms of helping in building airports, railtracks, roads, government structures etc.
And get paid handsomely for it. In Nigeria today, an average Civil engineer earns around N200,000 to N500,000.
While it is good to follow your passion when it comes to choosing a profession, the situation of our country presently will seriously frustrate that passion if nothing much is coming from it in terms of money.
So when it comes to choosing what to study in school, consider going with any of these highest paying courses in Nigeria to increase your chances to financial freedom.