13 Most Marketable University Courses in Kenya Today

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The changing job market in Kenya has called for a through knowledge  about marketability of various courses in the country for one to which career to course to pursue which thereafter can guarantee good salary income. This will boost ones chances of making it in life. isn’t it ? Time is money as they say and the key aspect when one is looking for a job today be it in Information Technology, Business Administration , Engineering or medicine is how much remuneration one is entitled 

According to my research on major towns in Kenya like Nairobi about well paying jobs,I arrived at the following courses as the best and most rewarding.

1. Architecture
Recruitment architectural companies in Kenya are finding it hard to recruit professions in this field due to its nature; people who pursue this course are among the richest guys in the country.

The profession  requires talent,dedication and aggressiveness to make it to the highest level. The fact that you can easily employ yourself without necessarily working for many years to acquire experience is a unique advantage which other professions lack.

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2. Law
Lawyers are paid huge sums of money; they also engage themselves in side hustles to supplement their already huge salaries when they represent their customers in major court rulings.

For one  to qualify as a lawyer, he/she  must study undergraduate degree for 5 years then proceed to Kenya School of Law for a Diploma Course in Law,which takes at least one year.

The first thing to do after the mandatory Diploma is to practice in a Law firm to gain enough experience to represent clients in court.

The most renown and successful lawyers in Kenya like Ahmednasir Abdulahi make as high as Shs 8,000,000 per month.

3. Medicine
Normally it takes one at least six years to finish a course in Medicine and Surgery in Kenya. A qualified doctor can either employ himself or seek a job with a private or government institution. All over the world, medics are a respected lot because of the pivotal role they play in the society.

Despite spending most of their time in unfavorable environment ,they are one of the happiest class due to the salaries and benefits attached to their proffession.

In Kenya,Medical Doctors secure jobs immediately after graduation.This is contributed by lack of enough Doctors to work in various hospitals and health facilities in the country.

Starting salary for a Medical Doctor in Kenya is around Ksh 100,000 per month ,but the salary is likely to increase exponentially based on the work experience.

4. Statistics/Actuarial Science
Few people pursue this profession  because it’s highly analytic,but one secret which the ones who have succeeded in it don’t reveal to you is how much they earn. Actuaries compete with Doctors in terms of salaries.

Though this course is regarded as one of the toughest in academic circles ,it’s one of the most rewarding.

On the other hand,Statistics is another high paying profession in the country.The graduates are absorbed in all sectors of economy because of the diversity of the skills associated with statistics and research

When pursuing Statistics you’ll be required to familiarize yourself with SPSS,MySQL,R,STATA,Excel,Word,SAS,Epi info and many other statistical tools for analysis.

Starting salary for a statistics graduate in Kenya is Ksh70,000 per month.

5. Engineering

Engineers can either employ themselves or seek employment in private or government institutions. It’s rare to find an Engineer struggling financially unless he is not aggressive enough.

The most marketable Engineering specialization in Kenya include Electrical and Electronic Engineering,Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering.

Starting salary for an Engineer in Kenya is Ksh 90,000 per month.

6. Finance/CFA

Financial Analysts are the best paid professionals in the entire world and Kenya is not exceptional. Though completing CFA professional papers is an uphill task, landing a well-paying job is very easy.

A Chartered Financial Analyst can work in Banks, Investment companies, Insurance companies, Stock brokers or in Research company


It’s heavily rewarding especially to the ones who work in popular stations like Citizen TV,KTN,CNN,BBC and NTV.Some journalists like Janet Mbugua earn Ksh.800,000 per month.

Though not all journalists are happy,majority are enjoying the benefits which come with the journalism profession.

Also,the popularity of online marketing has increased demand for Social Media Experts are on demand .Most companies have started embracing social media and if you are good in Twitter,Facebook,Instagram,LinkedIn and other social media platforms you’ll easily secure a good position.

8.Computer Science/IT

Computer Science is highly rewarding in Kenya particularly for  professionals who are highly gifted in programming.Some of the companies who employ these graduates-IBM,Microsoft and Google- pay their IT experts  salaries of up to Sh.1.5 million per month.

9.Monitoring and Evaluation

The course is very good for people who intend to work in NGOs and United Nations.The contents will expose you to research,Data Analysis,Data Entry,Data Manipulation and project design.

It’s one of the few courses which are less flooded in Kenya because many citizens are not aware that it’s marketable.

10. Investment Analysts/Research Analysts

These are people who work in stock market.They are very few individuals who have have a qualification in CFA.

These people are hot cakes in Kenya.

One exciting about the profession is that they don’t search for employment,employers come for them.

11. Real Estate Project Manager

This is another well paying job in Kenya.A real estate manager oversees construction projects and also perform feasibility studies.This person is well remunerated in Kenya,and according to latest salary survey,an individual at managerial level earns Ksh 400,000.

To be a real estate project manager,you have to possess a degree in real estate,architecture,urban planning or structural engineering.

12. Software engineer

I have singled out this one because it’s a special course.In this era of software development and mobile applications,software engineers are in demand.Companies like Google,Facebook,IBM and Safaricom would do anything to have you as one of their employees.Once you are recruited,unlike other professionals,you negotiate salary based on what you feel is good for you.

Most of these companies pay fresh graduates up to Ksh 400,000 starting salary.

13. NGO jobs

Finally we have NGO as among the best paying companies in kenya.The average salary of employees at NGOs in Kenya is Ksh 110,000.

NGOs are particularly ideal for people like secretaries and front office staff,M&E officers,statisticians,communication,conservationists and policy.

While other institutions pay front office staff as low as Ksh15,000 per month,it’s hard to get a secretary earning less than Ksh 150, 000 per month



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  1. According to my observation education is equally marketable people who have highly qualified in that sector can work in the educational institutions in Kenya and outside Kenyans the courses are affordable and mostly to people from poor families

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