10 most paying careers in kenya

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1. Medicine
This used to be the preserve of
bright students but nowadays an
average person with the will ,
resources and determination to last
the entire course can give it a try .
The pay in most cases is decent for
medical doctors and finding
employment after graduation is
comparatively easier. On the
downside though , you will have to
content with long working hours and
odd emergency calls. Moreover, the
entry salary for a medical intern may
be as low as Ksh 45 ,000 but with
progression in the career ,
possibilities of hitting more than ten
times that amount are high.
2. Accounting, Actuaries, Finance
As the custodians of an
organization ’s funds, professionals in
this field wield a lot of power:
monetary power . Their income too
and job status cast statements on
their own and depending on the
organization you work for or volume
of revenue the firm makes, the pay
can be impressive . For those with a
liking for numbers , this area of study
is worth pursuing .
Estimates fromSalaryexplorer .com
place the highest paid financial
director at Ksh 805 , 000 per month .
Still the average by Kenya National
Bureau of Statistics 2013 estimates
for financial services was KSH
100 ,000 .
3. Politics
Africa has a well-grounded culture
that regards politics as one of the
fastest avenues to riches . Count
Members of Parliament , Governors ,
Senators and Members of the County
Assembly in this list .
But politicians are not the only
beneficiaries anymore ; political
activists, analysts, scholars ,
commentators , advisors and writers
are some of the latest class of
workers to make a career out of
And media houses too bring these
people on board and rake in massive
viewership in return. Mutahi Ngunyi ,
Makau Mutua, Adams Oloo , and
Benji Ndolo are some of the
prominent names in this field
besides research companies such as
Ipsos -Synovate and Infotrack Harris .
The amount of money these
organizations and analysts earn is
not known but their popularity on
TV stations is suggestive of their
4. Marketing
The field can be pretty
unpredictable but established
marketers make a fortune out of
their careers . As the men and
women in entrusted with a
company ’s brand, sales and market
share, the growth of the company
image can translate to high incomes
and commissions for these
Marketers can earn as much as their
sales can stretch with some in the
leading banks and insurance
companies are known millionaires .
5. NGO and Civil Societies
Non-governmental organizations offer
some of the most competitive
salaries in the job market .
Depending on the budgets , often
from donor funding , salaries can
traverse in the range of six figures .
Graduates of Law and Social Sciences
are the most likely ones to land in
this field .
According to the Kenya National
Bureau of Statistics, 2013 Economic
Survey, the average monthly pay for
an employee in NGO’s was Sh194 ,
000 last year, the highest amount in
both the private and public sector.
That’ s just the average .
The most sought organizations
include the United Nations and its
affiliate bodies such as UNEP and
UNHCR . Other known NGOs include:
USAID and Oxfam .
6. Information Technology
The field has broadened with
technological advances and newer
careers are being invented with each
passing day . More organizations too
are finding the need for technology
occupying core aspects of their
operations hence the demand for
professionals in IT disciplines .
According to an IT expert , the cream
of the profession in Kenya can earn
over Ksh 500 ,000 a month.
7. Lecturers
The flexibility of their jobs makes the
career path enviable and some can
shuttle between some of the
increasing number of universities
with ease. However, you need to
have the patience of studying long
and hard beyond the graduate ,
masters to PhD level in order to
command a higher salary.
Though teaching has traditionally
been viewed as barren grounds for
money, some top dons in
universities earn close to Ksh
500 ,000 per month. The field of
study will also determine the
demand and remuneration for your
8. Media Presenters
The field has been ‘infiltrated ’ as
some media practitioners term it , by
non-holders of communication
qualifications but the truth is , this
sector has become more of personal
branding. Personalities with the
ability to draw viewership or mass
audiences have found a home in the
media. These range from comedians ,
talk shows hosts and star presenters .
The earnings here are dictated by
individual clout and some
practitioners easily attract salaries
similar to those of MPs. A female
Citizen TV presenter has for a long
while been said to earn to the tune
of Ksh 800 ,000 while some popular
stand up comedians also run shows
that rake in colossal sums as well.
9. Engineering
With the country striving to catch up
with the rest of the developed world,
the need for engineers cannot be
over-emphasized . It matters what
engineering specialization one
ventures into but new developments
also play a part in how much you
can earn . For example recent
discoveries of oil might favour geo -
spatial and energy engineers but
massive infrastructural developments
also work for the benefit of civil and
structural engineers.
Depending on the firm you are
affiliated with , engineering is a
lucrative career. Remember you also
need to have your math and
sciences right. Salaryexplorer .com
pegs the income of a project
engineer at Ksh 550 ,000 on the
higher side although this figure is
not fixed .
10. Pilot / Aviation Industry
Pilots are some of the best paid
professionals not only in Kenya but
the world over . Moreover, the high
cost of training happens to be the
only check that has stopped this
career line from getting flooded.
A Wall Street journal in March 2013
reported that it takes Kenya Airways
about Ksh 8. 5 million to train a
pilot. The same source alleges that a
captain makes up to Ksh 1 .1 million
a month.
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