We are often advised to choose a career we are passionate about but the number of job opportunities available in Nigeria does not accommodate everyone’s passion. About half of Nigeria’s working population is unemployed.

In recent statistics, the unemployment rate in Nigeria has increased to 27.10% as at the second quarter of 2020.

However, there are some high in-demand jobs in Nigeria that you can build your career in and also comes with attractive pay.

Below are the top 20 highest paying jobs in Nigeria:

1. Business Developer and Sales Manager Jobs

Business and sales expert brings immeasurable value to businesses making them one of the in-demand jobs, by mega-companies. They earn between ₦150,000 – ₦250,000 a month, depending on the company and it is indeed a very rewarding job.

2. Digital Marketing Jobs

Every product or service needs an effective marketing strategy to boost sales. This is what makes digital marketing a very important job role. As a qualified Nigerian digital marketer at entry-level, you get paid as much as 250,000 Naira monthly depending on the company and salary structure.

3. Financial Accounting Jobs

As a financial accountant, you have a variety of career opportunities in both Government and private organizations. The skills usually required are excellent understanding of accounting principles, good analytical skills and an eye for detail, good organizational skills, commitment and self-motivation, ability to work alone or as part of a team and financial and business acumen.

4. Banking Jobs

Banking jobs in Nigeria are indeed one of the most available jobs for young graduates. Depending on the bank, entry-level bankers can earn as much as 90,000-150,000 naira monthly.

5. Business Manager Jobs

This is one of the most demanding jobs in Nigeria. It can be very challenging but also rewarding. The duties of a business manager/director vary from company to company. Business managers are equally rewarded for their challenging task and roles. The average salary for a business manager/director in Nigeria ranges from ₦200,000 – ₦700,000 monthly.

6. Data Analysis Jobs

This job specification cuts across any field. As a data analyst, you are expected to inspect and transform different models of data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making. It is one of the highest paying jobs in Nigeria. Salary ranges from 230,000-350,000 naira monthly.

7. Software development/Computer Engineering Jobs

Due to technological advancement, there are diverse advantages this job presents. Computer engineers have a multidimensional scope in software firms, research opportunities in computer robotics and in communication systems. Also, software development is one of the most in-demand skills in Nigeria today. The average salary for a software developer is worth ₦275,980, although as compared to other countries software Engineers are paid more.

8. Petroleum Engineering Jobs

While there are several engineering fields, petroleum engineering is one of the highest paying jobs in Nigeria. These engineers are responsible for designing, testing, and deploying means of extracting petroleum. You can earn up to ₦3,000,000 as monthly salary.

9. Aeronautical engineering Jobs

Although, there are few universities that teach this course in Nigeria, the demand for aeronautic engineers has increased over the years. Aeronautical engineers are in great demand due to the boom in the aviation industry. This is a delicate profession and a very risky one. Therefore it attracts high pay.

10. Medicine/Healthcare Jobs

The need for medical doctors in Nigeria rises every day as the population increases. Medical doctors specialize in different areas of health ranging from health assessments, running diagnostics tests, create a treatment plan, prescribe medication and many more. Entry-level medical doctors earn as much is ₦171,000.

11. Surgeon Jobs

Surgeons are specifically trained to perform a general or specialized form of surgeries. There are different types of surgeons: general surgeon, neurosurgeon, plastic surgeon, pediatric surgeon, and others. Their pay is usually determined by their area of specialization and years of experience. The average salary of surgeons in Nigeria ranges from ₦200,000 – ₦600,000 naira monthly, depending on the sector they work with (private or public).

12. Pharmaceutical Jobs

Investing your time in becoming a pharmacist is a good career decision. As a pharmacist, you can work for the government, be a pharmacist in academia, have your own pharmacy and many more. Pharmacists earn between ₦150,000-600,000 naira monthly.

13. Law/Legal Jobs

This legal profession is one of the best careers to undertake in Nigeria. There are numerous openings for law graduates. They can work in the law court, within corporate firms, in the Public Service, as a Solicitor, or a Public Prosecutor. There are many other opportunities available in this profession.

14. Project Management Jobs

Career opportunities are in abundance for project managers who possess the right skills. Project managers work in various sectors, including oil & gas industries, Telecom, big Manufacturing firms, banking etc making it a high in-demand job in 2020. They earn a huge amount of salary annually. There is a daily increase in the demand for professional project managers. Some of the necessary skills required are leadership, communication, adaptability and stress Management Skills, time management and organizational skills.

15. Monitoring and Evaluation NGO Jobs

Many NGOs and companies in Nigeria have recently scaled up in their search for monitoring and evaluation officers. They design, coordinate and implement research, and learning framework of projects, making them very essential to attain organizations objectives. The various skills required for this job include research skills, communication skills, data analysis, and contextual knowledge.

16. Human Resource Jobs

This profession contributes to businesses through the strategic management of human resources. Depending on the company, a human resources job or hiring services in Nigeria can encompass everything from recruiting to training to compensation, or it can focus on a single human resource speciality. The entry-level salary for this job is at least 97, 000 naira but professionals and experts can earn as much as 554,000 Naira monthly.

17. Communication Jobs

Communications Officers are responsible for every operation concerning the communication activities of an organization. This includes devising communications strategies, creating content, briefing vendors and organizing events. The salary for this profession could be as high as 2 million Naira.

18. Health, Safety and Environment Jobs

Dye to the nature of this profession, it is in high demand by organizations across different sectors; Oil and Gas, Power and Energy, Aviation, Construction, Consulting Firms, International Organizations, and NGO’s HSE departments. The salary structure is with 70,000, entry-level to 300,000 senior level.

19. Entertainment Jobs

From music to acting to fashion, there is no doubt the entertainment industry is a career job for many. As a result of the increase in demand for entertainment, entertainers’ such as musicians, actors, and actress actually earn a lot.

20. College/Lecturing Jobs

Even though there are many Nigerians who do not want to take lecturing as a career, lecturing is one of the best careers in Nigeria. You have the opportunity of being a part-time or full-time lecturer and teach in more than one University at the same time as a lecturer. Lecturers are well paid especially those at the top of their career. They can earn as much as 600, 000 naira monthly.

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