Exclusive: Best Paid Jobs and Careers in Nigeria for 2014

Last year ending we published a report on the best paid jobs for 2013 which was well received. As year 2013 runs out it’s time to look again at what career paths are looking more promising in terms of income prospects.

Note: Just as our last list this one is also based on estimated income for entry to mid level positions.

To come up with this list we have scoured hundreds of relevant online pages of data, done interviews with several career individuals in these specialisations, and most importantly carried out an in-depth analysis of the salaries for over 10,000 unique jobs listed in 2013 and till date.

This list is by no means absolute, it is rather a painstaking evaluation of the jobs and careers that are considered most rewarding (in terms of pay only) in 2014 based on information gleaned from various sources. The list is by no means an absolute, error-proof compilation of best paid jobs. It is however a well researched sequel to our earlier profile on best jobs to know about in 2013.

So here’s the list of our big earners;

Aerospace Engineering

There is hardly any quality, functioning aerospace engineering and technical department in Nigerian universities. Aerospace engineers working in the country’s aviation sector got their professional and technical trainings outside the shores of the country and get paid handsomely.

They are most likely licensed aircraft engineers and its a tasking profession that requires continous technical expertise and sound judgement. Pilots earn well but do not come near the pay packet of aeronautical engineers.

Petroleum/Production Engineers

Highly skilled engineers in the various production aspects of the petroleum industry are among the best paid professional careers in the country.

Investment Bankers

Investment bankers help companies, governments and their agencies to raise money by issuing and selling securities in the primary market. They assist public and private corporations in raising funds in the capital markets (both equity and debt), as well as in providing strategic advisory services for mergers, acquisitions and other types of financial transactions.” They mostly work in Hedge Funds, Banks, Asset Management companies, Investment advisory and consulting firms etc.

Commercial Airline Pilots

Dominated by expatriates pilots in the country are still among top earners. Indications are that as more airlines join the airspace in Nigeria to make things even more interesting and competitive well trained and skilled pilots will command more pay as they will be in more demand.

Project Managers

Project Managers most time plan, lead a team and execute on varied projects within their organisations. While Project managers’ salaries vary depending on the prestige of the company Senior Project Managers are expected to be well experienced managers who most time carry out and supervise ambitious projects ranging from setup up new manufacturing plants to roll out of telecom products and so on. Project Manager jobs in Telecom, big Manufacturing firms, oil & gas, banking, FCMG earn big pay packets

IT/Telecom Engineers

IT engineers are responsible for the implementation of all software and hardware solutions in an organisation and the position may include training, hardware/software, administration duties and support. As the IT and telecom industries are becoming fiercer in 2014 skilled IT and Telecom engineers will be more in demand and earn more.

Hackers/Software Programmers/IT Security Analysts

The demand for programmers well versed in Javascript, PHP, Java and JQuery is on the increase and we predict a more lucrative atmosphere for highly skilled ethical hackers and programmers. Ethical Hackers are rarer to find in Nigeria and the situation will not likely improve much in 2014. Ethical Hackers work to improve cyber security, prevent security breaches and maintain security of web and online platforms. As more and more big business starts to get conducted online corporations and companies are getting to ensure low risk of security breach on online operations thus IT security Analyst and Hacking careers are looking more lucrative.

Have we missed any job or career that pays well enough to be in this list? Let us know through the comments.

Additional sources: Payscale, Nairaland, Ngcareers salary data, Interviews with Industry personnel

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