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Top 10 Most Marketable Degree Courses In Nigeria (updated)


This compilation of top 10 most marketable degree courses in Nigeria is not based on real data survey per se, but on repeated unrecorded observation of people in the work industry who have studied the courses in the past. Note also that this is not based on who earns the highest salary, but who has potential to earn decent income and live a comfortable life with his degree. In other words, we are talking about potentials, not how much the person is paid every month end.

10. Mass Communication/Journalism: Mass Communication will remain a marketable because not many universities do it, but many institutions need it. The downside is, journalism is not seen as exclusive preserve of MassComm graduates, as graduates of almost any course are recruited by news outfits. Yet, the course still stands a decent chance.

9. Law: Maybe the supply is fast outstripping demand and affecting pricing, Law has declined in economic value. However, it remains a Top 10 course. Whether you decide to practice or go into corporate world, or you decide to go into allied things like real estate agency, you still stand a decent chance of earning decent income with a Law degree.

8. Nursing/Laboratory Science: Nurses don’t earn mouth-watering pay, but they are hardly jobless. I see Nurses change jobs like clothes. Hospitals and clinics – private and public – are springing up everyday, and a medium size clinic needs at least 4 Nurses. Some may have as much as  20. Same goes with Lab scientists, although in lower demand.

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7. Mechanical, Electrical & other related Engineering courses: Engineering courses generally sell in the oil and gas industry. In addition these courses are also asked for in other major industries.

6. Economics/Accounting/Finance: The good thing about Economics is that it fits into many roles. I hesitated to include Accounting here because Accounting degree alone without professional qualifications is not usually so helpful; however, I included it because I expect the accounting graduate to do the needful of writing professional examinations after his degree. Even without professional qualifications, you can still get a decent job with Accounting degree only in the many small to medium scale firms that require the services of accounting graduates. Finance is another great course. The three courses, sometimes alongside Management and Business Administration, are usually in hot demand, although supply still exceed demand and many graduates of these courses are still jobless.

5. Computer Science/Computer Engineering/IT courses: IT professionals are in hot demand the world over. Nigeria is not different. With special IT skills, your chance is even brighter. The downside is, anybody can learn IT skills, even if he doesn’t study computer engineering.

4. Geology: It is also a course that places you in good position to penetrate the much-sought-after oil industry.

3. Chemical/Petroleum Engineering: These courses have the potential to fetch you the fattest pay check after graduation because the companies that ask for them are those that pay heavily – the oil companies.

2. Estate Management/Architecture/Building/Survey/Civil Engineering: A degree in any of these courses places you in a good position for self-employment. Even from school, Architecture students make money drawing plans for people. We consider these courses the second most marketable courses in Nigeria.

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1. Medicine: Medicine may not earn you N500k per month at entry level, but it is the course that guarantees you job the most. I have never come across a jobless medical doctor. The pay may not be as heavy as the Chemical engineering guy in the IOC, but you are guaranteed of better-than-average income as a doctor. Medicine is number 1 on our list.

Important: If your profession is so nice to have made this top 10 most marketable degree courses in Nigeria but was omitted, kindly add it in the comment box to assist others who would love to study the degree programme.

And the cost? See [School-fees-of-some-popular-Nigerian-Higher-Institutions]




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96 comments

  1. Pls do you know where I can get auto CAD cracked version? am an architecture student UI. great planner help pls

  2. Agriculture is the only marketable course in the world, because it has a comparative advantage than others.

  3. Agriculture is the most marketable course in Nigeria, its job opportunities not only for Agriculturalist but also for the entire citizens, because it is the only sector that have a comparative advantage, if it properly be managed will provide about 100% of Gross Domestic products to the country.

  4. Agricultural engineering is the best because you have ideas every other engineering course. You can work in a oil industry…. It just be one of d top on the list

  5. I think urban and regional planning is also a marketing course that should be added

  6. Slessor Shedrach

    I want to study computer science bt people say It useless and doesn’t fetch good job so pls what’s your take on dis?

  7. Slessor Shedrach

    I want to study computer science bt people say its useless and cannot guarantee a gud job is dis true?

  8. What about Islamic Studies the bedrock of all courses

  9. Nice job, but obviously you’ve not met Medical Radiography/Medical Imaging Science. That’s the only course where you practice what you are learning to pay your school fees along side. No Radiographer is unemployed in Nigeria. They choose their jobs. They get employed in Federal hospitals and quit the next month. Having about five universities offering the course in Nigeria. It’s a hot cake

  10. does it mean Educational sector is not important abi?

  11. Chukwuemeka Success

    Physiotherapy is one of the most fast rising and highly demanded profession. ……better queue in. ..

  12. Aminu imam galadima

    What of veterinary medicine

  13. food science and technology..

  14. You have quickly forgot what Statistics entails; even in your university days you can never do without Statistics. The same thing applicable to the labour market, no organization can operate without Statisticians.

  15. Haaaaaaaaaa…… Very sure u don’t have an idea of what is going on Pharmaceuticaly . Pharmaceutical cash is more than oil… It’s just amazing, a course that God already has endowed with greatness. It should be number one on that list, but i understand you are not aware. Be the happiest guy now cos you have been privileged to know this.

  16. Dentistry is even better… With less than 200 graduates all over Nigeria yearly. Demand surely outweighs supply

  17. wat of biochemistry? i tink its a very gud course dat can fecth a gud income

  18. INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING is the type of engineering that integrates all other forms of engineering. A very lucrative course that allows you fit in any production or service industry. Majority of Nigerian universities don’t offer this course,but a very sought-after profession, both local and international anyway,respected esp in American nd British countries.
    Well,for students aspiring for a degree course; you dnt study a course bcos everyone studies it,or bcos it is d most sought-after, go into d one u knw u can do best, graduate very well,nd u’ll make it d most sought-after.

  19. Business Education will make you to be self reliant. Graduates of Business Education don’t look for jobs, they create jobs themselves and employ people. Schools like Unical, ABU, Uniben, RUST, NAU, UNN are schools offering the program.

  20. Why u 4got 2 mention biochemistry? Its a course that even medicine students ar afraid of.. Thats wht makes it became importantly needed in every aspect of medical,inustries nd pharmaceautical industries…

  21. Abubakar Sharhabilu

    Medical Radiographers are well paid + no single graduate of radiography is jobless in Nigeria. the demand for them is very high.

  22. I wud also say Industrial Chemistry also goes with chemical/petroleum engineering.

  23. laboratory science is listed dier. read again pls.

  24. Well I think microbiology should be on the list too, if not immediately after medicine then atleast on first 5…

  25. Urban and regional planning is a course you can do and start making money right from when you are in school.

  26. Please Pharmacists earn higher than other professionals apart from Physicians at entry level. Even medical Radiographers are well paid. So stop misguiding the public

  27. all are good despite his ranks…just study hard ND make d best out of it

  28. I cherish demand=supply

  29. history should be made compulsory for everyone regardless of d course you are doing….. becos DAT d foundation of Nigeria’$ problem nd from der we can find d solution thou I should history nd international relations

  30. Pls,what about medical laboratory?

  31. Well, I think French Education should be added to the list too. Anyone who holds a degree in this will easily be employed. There is even room for choice and preference for the holder.

  32. is remote sensing and geographical information system a good course

  33. hey you guy, i want to draw ur attention onto zoology and botany as a lucrative courses. it wild science course that relevant in environmental, agric, healt, pharm, marine e.t.c.

  34. If everyone will let go of teaching and focus on their profession wit they studied, I think Education( Teaching) will be number one in all profession and most marketable. But a lot of people due to high level of employment left their profession just to struggle classroom with teachers. Apart from the pay package, Teaching Profession is most marketable.

  35. yahaya adamu dazhi

    what abt the teachers? I.e the educationists….

  36. AGRICULTURE does not matter to you abi!

  37. what of lIS library and information science

  38. rubbish work, pharmacy/medical radiography should come immediately after medicine,,, try and conduct research next time before posting shits

  39. Dear French is more better compare to mass communication and these are the subject you need in your course
    Mathematics,English Language,Government/History,Literature in English,French,C,R,S, Civic Education,Economics and Biology.
    But the most important ones are English,Maths,Literature,Govt/History.Thanks………

  40. pls can you please comment about studying REMOTE Sensing and Geographic Information System course in federal university is. what is the chances of securing a job after graduation

  41. pls is english education a good course

  42. Industrial technology/ Industrial Engineering : is the use of engineering and manufacturing
    technology to make production faster, simpler and more efficient.The
    industrial technology field employs creative and technically proficient individuals who can help a company achieve efficient and profitable productivity.anybody with this course certificate can Work in any company

  43. You may as well try Religious Studies. it pays well

  44. what about architecture ? the course is nice and you have nothing to regret because once you graduate, you’re automatically self Employed.

  45. You al 4got microbiology as also a marketable course

  46. Computer. Science. Is. Suppose. To. Be. 3rd. On. The. List. Not. 5th…Am. Not. Impressed. At. All

  47. What about public health did u forgot about it? Here in nigeria and the develop country public health are very marketable, thaz my course of choice

  48. Nazir Nasir Dan mama.

    This is a verry wise idear. Without Architect,Builder,Estate manager and Qs. There will be no enveronment.

  49. Yahaya Muhammad Dan'uwa

    Mathematics is also a marketable course which after school you can work in various places.

  50. If you are a science student and you don’t want to waste your time doing nothing after graduation, I suggest that you opt for biochemistry. Biochemistry currently has the highest job opportunities amongst all the basic medical courses. As a biochemist, you can work in any medical, chemical and biological related firms. Above all, biochemistry graduates are naturally respected everywhere. Go for it!

  51. I am glad to know that the admin is a statistician. Pls can u enlighten me more on the statistics profession and its viability?

  52. Sociology/social works is also a good course

  53. I av just been admitted into lautech to study MATHEMATICS..however, not that I don’t like the course but am just wondering if there are other things I can do with it apart from TEACHING after school.
    I will appreciate any useful enlightenment provided..thanks

    • If it is mathematical science, then the sky is your limit. I studied mathematical science, and now I am a safety Engineer. u can blend into any occupation. I was a teacher before. you get respect as a graduate.

  54. All without teacher effort is nothing. kudos tu teaching as noble profession. e. g. School Councillors .

  55. Agricultural science profession is the only profession that will guarantee you self reliance and enterpreneurship.

  56. I felt Agric Ext. & Mgt. bcos no food no effective mgt in any field u found urself.

  57. Pharmacy is another marketable course

  58. You all have made wonderful contributions. what about Islamic Studies the course that talks about God our creator.

    • every one have been talking about his opion,and it is good for that.

      but for me, i always realized every single it’s good for everybody to study somethings about it. therefore there is nobody can mention this and that there ‘re not much for we to study it.

      that what i’m anticipting on this.

  59. Wat of Biochemistry. Its recognised in all over d world.U hardly see a biochemist unemployed,strolling on the street anyhw.And they are well paid.Try to find out more about it.Its 1 of the best after medicine and dentist & surgery.

  60. Hello @Students I really need your help… I am in Ss3 and I want to study Mass Communication in Uniport. Though my dad says it’s a useless course that’ll take me nowhere and he says French is better. But which of the courses is preferable in Nigeria and abroad. Plus what are the subjects required for Mass Com?. Kindly reply. Thanks 🙁

  61. Hello @students I’M really confused here. I’m in SS3 and I want to study Mass communication but my dad says it’s a useless job that I should study french. And what are the subjects required foe Mass Com. Plus, Journalism and Mass communication are they The same?.

  62. What happened to MATHEMATICS, which is the bedrock of all science courses

  63. Wat happened to MATHEMATICS…. d bedrock of all science course

  64. Actuarial Science is a course that is in high demand in the business and management fields all over the world but many young people are yet to know about this course in Nigeria.92% of Nigerians knows nothing about it.The demand is high while the manpower supply is very low.And it is very lucrative.But you will need to work with lots of mathematics and statistics while studying the course tho it’s a management course.

  65. IT skills can b learnt by any one but the engineering is best learnt in school, beside l wonder hw a very skillful person can be formally employed without certificates. so issue of BY ANY ONE doesn’t seem to help! I guess

  66. U all said well…..all d courses are good. but after school, wat next? if u don’t have any one, it will be hard for u to get a job unless God intervene.

  67. You have forgotten that there are some professional courses like industrial design which is a hot cake in industry and public service

  68. Architecture is the best,even i’m still in school,i am drawing a building plan, and getting my money

  69. Statistics is the profession standing at the center of others.

  70. GEOLOGY IS SUCH AN AMAZING CAREER!!!! THOUGH HIGLY STESSFULL

  71. Emmanuel Oluwasegun

    Pls notify me on my email when lautech inter university transfer form is available.

  72. Buiding technology is d most lucrative of all bcos ppl build everyday both in urban and local centres.

  73. fair write up but i think law should be a little higher,in as much as d industry is quite saturated

  74. pls what about Biology as a course

  75. Well, this is a pretty lopsided analysis. Engineering field was segmented into 4 different parts and given separate slots.

    1. Mechanical / Electrical
    2. Architecture / Civil Engineering e.t.c
    3. Chemical / Petroleum Engineering
    4. I.T / Computer Engineering.

    Whereas, they are all related in one way or the other.

  76. Well, this is a pretty lopsided analysis. Engineering field was segmented into 4 different parts and given separate slots.

    1. Mechanical/ Electrical
    2. Architecture/Civil Engineering e.t.c
    3. Chemical/Petroleum Engineering
    4. I.T/Computer Engineering.

    Whereas, they are all related in one way or the other.

  77. geography is a course that combine survey and other environment courses together and with this you can be self employed

  78. Auwal Muhammad Auwal

    physics is omitted despite the fact it is the study of nature.

  79. Agricultural courses

  80. Great. Engineering have always been dominating when it comes to employment opportunties.

  81. Business Administration or Business Enterprise management is not included why….

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