Each year, Kenyan universities and other institutions of higher learning churn out at least 80,000 students in various courses. With job openings in the economy being less than half of that, only a handful of these graduates end up with jobs.
To secure a job in this highly competitive market, you’ll need to find the most marketable courses in the country. These include computer science, pharmacy, finance courses, and others.
This article details 10 of the most marketable courses in Kenya. You can study at various levels for these courses (certificate, diploma, degree, and others).
10 Most Marketable Courses in Kenya
To increase your chances of getting a job quickly, here are the 10 most marketable courses in Kenya today:
1. Financial Analyst
There are various degree courses involving financial analysis. However, the most lucrative one of them all is being a Certified Financial Analyst. Getting to do this course is a daunting task but the fruits of your labor are greatly rewarded once you’re done.
First, you need to complete a degree course in a relevant field such as statistics, commerce, law, actuarial science, and economics. Each paper costs at least KSh 4,000 and have at least four years of professional work experience.
To complete the whole course to level 3, you’ll need at least KSh 93,000 per level per year (total of three years). The courses are available at the Oshwal College and Strathmore University.
The field of pharmacy has never had enough or more than enough hands to handle the jobs available. From hospitals to international firms such as GlaxoSmithKline and Bayer, you never run out of jobs to apply your skills with a degree in pharmacy.
The Bachelor of Pharmacy degree is offered by the major universities in Kenya at a cost of KSh 450,000 for the whole period of 5 years.
3. Software Engineering
If you’re into mathematics and computers, a course in software engineering is almost a guarantee to a lucrative job. Both local and international software firms are seeking software engineers by the day.
This course is available in all the major institutions of higher learning such as the universities as the Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering. It’s a 4-year course costing at least KSh 83,000 per semester on a parallel program.
Like pharmacy, Kenya has always had a shortage of doctors in both public and private practice. All major universities nowadays offer a degree in medicine that takes up to 6 years to complete. It will cost at least KSh 1,000,000 to complete the course.
5. Actuarial Science
Another finance degree that is highly sought after is actuarial science. With a degree in this course, you’re eligible to work in some of the best financial institutions in Kenya and beyond. They include the KRA, PWC, NSE, and many others.
A Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science is 4 years long and costs at least KSh 679,000. While it’s a difficult course, graduates earn at least KSh 350,000 per month fresh out of the university.
6. Statistics Courses
If you’re a lover of numbers, you can never run out of opportunities with a statistics degree. Statistics courses such as Bachelor of Statistics, Bachelor of Economics Statistics and others offer you opportunities to work in various capacities with lucrative salaries all across the board.
Most statistics degree courses are available in all major universities and take 4 years to complete. The course is available in the major Kenyan universities and costs about KSh 250 to complete.
With Kenya amongst the countries with the fastest-growing real estate sectors in Africa, a degree in architecture puts you right in the middle of this industry.
Among the universities that offer this degree is the University of Nairobi which offers it as a 4-year course. It will cost you at least KSh 309,500 to complete the course as a parallel student.
The opportunities for the course are many as you can work for both local and international firms such as Lloyd Masika and Knight Frank.
8. Electrical and Electronics Engineering
If you’re into electronics, then electrical and electronics engineering is a course you should highly consider. Its applications are far and wide and you’ll thus have a wide array of jobs to pick from. You can also establish your own firm to provide the services you desire.
Offered at the major universities in Kenya, a degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering or one in a similar capacity will take you 5 years to finish and cost at least KSh 179,700.
9. Law Courses
The main law course in Kenya is the Bachelor of Law degree which takes 4 years to complete. However, after completion, you’ll need to get through the Law School of Kenya for an extra year before you can be admitted as an advocate of the law. The course costs at least KSh 690,840 as of this writing.
Once done, there are a countless number of opportunities for this course. Besides working in law firms, you can find employment as a legal officer in firms and other areas.
10. Real Estate Management
Another course leveraging on the booming real estate industry in Kenya is Real Estate Management. In the major universities such as the University of Nairobi, it’s offered as a 4-year degree course called the Bachelor of Real Estate. This degree will cost you at least KSh 803,000 to complete.
Real estate involves a lot of aspects of real estate and you’ll need to specialize in one to make a living from it. You can choose employment or start your own practice.
These courses give you opportunities in fields that are rarely crowded. The thing you should recall is that these courses require a lot of dedication to pass.
The Least Marketable Courses
On the opposite end of the above list are courses that are no longer lucrative in Kenya at the moment. They include:
- Political science
- Water engineering
These courses are not as highly sought after as the others on the list of the 10 most marketable courses in Kenya.
With the 10 courses detailed above, you can pay much less as a regular (Module I) student as they’re government-sponsored. The course that isn’t subject to these alerts is CFA.