After completing high school, one of the toughest decisions that individuals face is deciding which course to undertake in the university.
Selecting the course that best suits you is very crucial as it largely determines the future of your career and consequently the direction your life takes.
One of the best ways to determine the course to take is to look at the market trends and identify which courses are in demand in Kenya today.
Below are 10 of the most marketable courses in the country
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery
This course has always been on top of the list for many years. This is a very demanding course that takes around 7 years to complete.
Only a few people graduate per year as our institutions do not have the capacity to enroll a lot of students. There’s always a shortage of doctors in the hospitals and thus a degree in medicine will get you a job with a lucrative salary almost instantly.
Bachelor of Commerce
This is one of the most sought-after degrees by employers today as it is applicable in all industries. One can work in departments like accounting, procurement, finance, and general administration.
It is also one of the most flooded courses in the market with thousand graduating every year. Taking additional professional courses such as CPA, ACCA, CFA, CIPS, and CIFA alongside your degree will significantly increase your chances of securing a job.
Degree in Sales and Marketing
Sales and Marketing is one of the most neglected courses in the country yet the most marketable. Every time on the job boards you will find numerous career opportunities for marketers.
A company cannot run without a marketing team as they are the ones who generate revenue. With the added skill of digital marketing, a career in sales and marketing is what you need to make your dreams a reality.
Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Having a Degree in Law and a diploma from the Kenya School of Law (KSL) to complement it is one of the best ways to secure your future if you are passionate about law.
Everyday individuals, companies, and governments seek legal services for various reasons. You can specialize in areas like criminal law, commercial law, and property law. There are numerous law firms that are always hiring lawyers.
Mechanical Engineering focuses on the design, manufacturing, testing, and repair/ improvement of mechanical systems which are used in almost every sector of our everyday lives.
A graduate can work in areas such as manufacturing plants, construction, automotive industry, and energy sector. With the expanding number of industries in the country, this course remains in demand.
For every building and structure to be built, an architecture is required to plan and design. As a developing country, the services of an architecture will always be in demand as there are a lot of houses, factories, offices, and structures being set up.
Software & Web Development
With the growth of social media and the proliferation of smartphone applications, the demand for software and web engineers is increasing rapidly. We are in a digital era and almost every company has a website.
Software development & Website design focuses on the implementation of computer programs using programming languages i.e PHP, C#, Python, among others.
This has created numerous opportunities for web designers where they design and offer maintenance services for the websites. This is a field that is large enough to accommodate individuals who want to go into that career direction.
This is one of the toughest degrees to pursue in the country but the returns are worth it. Graduates are absorbed almost immediately after graduation.
Statisticians are very crucial in the growth of any organization as they analyze and interpret data and advise the organization on which direction to take. Some opt for self-employment and work as independent data analysts.
As the global population rises so does the number of diseases. This has seen the pharmaceutical industry growing rapidly as they race to find cure for diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
You can work in the pharmaceutical companies as a drug formulator or as a pharmacist in the hospitals, dispensing drugs. You can also get a license to start up your own pharmacy.
This is one of the courses with very few graduates per year which makes it highly demandable. Quantity surveyors are responsible for managing all aspects of the contractual and financial side of construction projects.
They help to ensure that the construction project is completed within its projected budget. With the rapid growth of real estate in the country, quantity surveyors remain on demand.