The Best and Most Rewarding Degree Courses in Nigeria

Most atimes students do not have adequate information to enable them to make the right and best career choices in life. We have seen many people, when faced with the hard times of unemployment, regretting the courses they studied in the universities or tertiary institutes. Some who are more daring, and of course have the wherewithal end up going for another degree in the field they believe is better off.

For those who are yet to make choices of what to study in the higher institution, they can very much avoid ‘had I known’ by availing themselves of this wonderful opportunity. This is most important in a country like ours where there is an untold increase in unemployment. Looking at the present condition of the labor market, there are certainly particular professionals whose services are most sought-after. Here are the Best Courses with the Highest Potentials for Employment in Nigeria:

10. Mathematics/Statistics


A lot of things scare students away from this special course. Many people regard it as very hard, but the truth is that no course, even the one without any promise of employment is easy. And because of the decreasing number of professionals in this area, the demand has increased. Here is good news for you – the old stereotype of referring to Mathematicians as ‘grumpy’ and ‘nerdy’ is completely fading away! Apart from the aforementioned, an important question that comes to mind when considering studying maths is what one can do with it after graduation. There has probably not been a better time than the present to have a degree in mathematics. Recently, the interest in quantitative methods is expanding into new areas such as medicine, psychology, and advertising, etc, and today it is more and more common to find math majors in hospital settings, financial establishments, marketing and so on. Law and medical schools look favorably on math major applicants. In response to industry’s request for a more mathematically educated workforce, graduates with bachelors degrees in mathematics are hired by many types of firms, high tech and communications among them, although the job description might not explicitly mention mathematics. Other firms actively recruiting mathematicians include engineering and computer companies, banking, science and financial consulting firms, as well as biomedical and imaging enterprises. And don’t forget, mathematicians can as well make good businessmen.

9. Geology


Geologists study earth processes such as landslides, earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions can be hazardous to people. Geologists work to understand these processes well enough to avoid building important structures where they might be damaged. It is important for mineral and hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation, evaluating water resources, understanding of natural hazards, the remediation of environmental problems, and for providing insights into past climate change. Geology also plays a role in geotechnical engineering and is a major academic discipline. In a country like ours where oil exploration is a big-time venture, it places you in a good position to penetrate the much-sought-after oil industry.

8. Marketing/Business Management


Almost every company in existence is established to make profits. As Nigerian economy continues to grow and expand, so is the demand for marketers and business managers increasing. Recruitment agencies will bear me witness that the demand for marketers and business management specialists by all enterprises – small, medium, large scale is on the increase. No company would ever want to run at a loss, instead, every one wants to be on the front line in productivity, advertising, sales, and profit. You’ll hardly graduate with a degree in marketing and other business-related disciplines and remain unemployed for long in this country. Unless you are not a professional, not searching properly, or you are being extremely selective.

7. Estate Management


In general terms, estate management is the operation, control, and oversight of real estate. It is also the management of personal property, equipment, tooling and physical capital assets that are acquired and used to build, repair and maintain a property. An estate management degree prepares you for work in the property sector but also equips you with highly desirable and transferable commerce and business skills. In our country today, opportunities abound for estate management professionals in such places as global property firms with interests in building surveying, corporate property, and investment, planning and development and residential work; medium-sized companies and consultancies; house builders and housing associations; small firms offering opportunities for those with a rural specialism, etc.

6. Law


Law used to rank top in the list of best courses but with the rate of corruption in our country, law firms are beginning to be less patronized, hence law is gradually losing its glory, high demand, and returns. All the same, it has not gotten as bad as losing its place completely on the list so one can still make a comfortable and above-average living with a bachelor’s degree in law. The very important point to make here is that you need to cultivate good reading habit and study hard so as to make a good lawyer, else it could be unfortunate.

5. Architecture


Architecture is both the process and the product of planning, designing, and constructing buildings and other physical structures. Now the question is, does it pay well studying architecture in this country of ours? To start with, unlike most courses where you must slog yourself in study halls and libraries, reading and writing all the time, a course in Architecture gives you the liberty to use the right side of your brain, the creative part. You get a lot of opportunities to showcase your creativity and ingenuity while designing structures. A degree in architecture places you in a good position for self-employment. Even from school, Architecture students make money drawing plans for people. For you to make it as an architect, you do not necessarily need a paid jo because if I may say, Architecture isn’t a job but a lifestyle!

4. Nursing/Health Care


Nursing and Healthcare related courses generally focus on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life. Without any further explanation, you should already be convinced that they are among the most promising courses to study in school anywhere. Actually, the nursing and healthcare related career are filled with professional and personal rewards and it is considered one of the noblest professions. True, they may not be getting the most mouth-watering pay but they are never in search of jobs. Hospitals and clinics are scattered all over the country seeking health professionals so d question now is, are you interested in Nursing? If so, off you go, no regrets!

3. Accounting/Economics/Finance


Accounting is actually the language of business. I’ll say that Accounting is the pillar while economics is the post of every business venture. While Accounting is the measurement, processing and communication of financial information about economic entities, Economics is the social science that studies production, distribution, exchange and consumption of goods and services, and the private and public choices concerning the allocation of scarce means and resources. Every new day, new companies, business ventures, and firms are established in Nigeria, and none of them can survive without good accounting, economic and financial administration and management. Why this area of study is not ranking number one in this list is just because they are among the easy, common and affordable courses to study in Nigeria. Thus, even though the demand is high, the overpowering population of graduates and professionals in this area make it look like it is not so. If you employ some of the best means and strategies of job search, combined with good professional skills, you’ll definitely find ample opportunities and even stand chances of making choices.

2. Engineering


This field of study encompasses all engineering areas of specializations. The fact is that some areas are more promising than the others depending on the country of residence. In a country like Nigeria, the chemical/petroleum engineers seem to be better placed than their counterparts who majored as civil, electrical and mechanical engineers when it comes to employment opportunities. But it is good to point out that the latter group has better chances of becoming self-employed than the former. Whatever the case, engineering as a whole is a very nice course to study in Nigeria. Engineers generally sell in the oil and gas industry and are also asked for in other major industries.

1. Medicine


Medicine is one of, if not the most difficult and expensive course(s) to study in Nigeria. That’s exactly how it is the most demanded and promising when it comes to employment opportunities. I need not say so much on this because it is virtually obvious to all. You only have to consider other factors like the criteria for gaining an admission in a Nigerian university to study medicine, the cost, and duration of the study and other things involved in the job as a whole. If you think you’ve got the nerves, then you are sure to be on the best track ever!

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