Exclusive: Best Paid Jobs in Nigeria To Know About in 2013

After a few weeks of research and comparisons we release a list of the best paying jobs to watch out for in 2013. The rating is based on what entry to mid level personnel earned in these jobs in 2012.

We have considered entry level to mid level pay ranges in our projections below.

We consulted various Nigerian forums and professional websites, did interviews with insiders on the various concerned industries plus indepth analysis of the salary ranges for the thousands of jobs published on Ngcareers.com in 2012 to arrive at this list. However the list is by no means absolute but a well researched projection of jobs that will be considered most lucrative in 2013 based on the information gleaned from various sources.

Here’s our List of Best Paid Jobs To Know About in 2013

No 1: 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. Mid level or more senior investment bankers can pull in around N13 million in annual pay (bonuses not included).

Salary: N4.5 – N8.64 million

No 2: Commercial Airline Pilots

Pilots may be earning less than some years back but in Nigeria as plans for more airlines in the aviation sector come in place in 2013 pilots with a good number of flight hours behind them will earn more. Pilots with more flight hours could earn upwards of N11 million per annum

Salary Range: N3.8 – N7.4 million per annum

No 3. Telecom/IT 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 wax stronger in 2013 skilled IT and Telecom engineers will be more in demand and earn more.

Salary range: N3.6 – N6.9 million

No 4. Hackers & Programmers

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 2013. Ethical Hackers work to improve cyber security, prevent security breaches and maintain security of web and online platforms

Salary range: N2.8 – N6.48 million

No 5. 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. Senior Project Manager jobs in Telecom, big Manufacturing firms, oil & gas, banking, FCMG earn big pay packets

Salary Range: N3.45 – N6.45 million per annum

No 6. Petroleum/Chemical/Electrical/Mechanical Engineers (Oil and Gas)

Whether working in the upstream or downstream Engineers in the Oil industry will continue to take home bigger pay packets. Highly skilled engineers in mechanical, electrical and petrochemical areas of engineering will be among the best paid jobs in Nigeria

Salary range: N3.5 – N6.3 million

No 7. Physicians – Obstetrics/Gynecologists

Examines female patients to ensure a healthy reproductive system. Monitors patient during prenatal, natal and postnatal periods and performs tests and prescribes medication and treatment, as necessary. Delivers babies, determining the method most appropriate to ensure health and safety of both infant and mother. Requires a degree in medicine from an accredited school and is licensed to practice. Pay varies greatly depending on area of practice.

Salary range: N3 – N6.2 million

Interviews with Industry personnel
NGcareers (3000+ job vacancies published by over 1000 companies/recruiters in 2012)

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  1. ogunshola bolaji says:

    what a waoh, keep up ur gud work. god bless U

  2. john says:

    im a hacker that wants to play by the ethics. wanna be part of those that will save nigeria’s cyber space. what can i do? (before i think otherwise)

  3. kay see says:

    i want to be a hacker , i do not have bases . where do i start from , which program should i enroll in

  4. edy patrick says:

    ques: does one just study project management or project management with specifics (please mail me the resp
    onse @ edidiongpatrick@rocketmail.com)

  5. tijani david says:

    I want to b an petroleum engineering in future

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