1. Medicine.

Previously a preserve of bright students, an average person with the will, resources and determination can

now pursue a career in medicine. The pay in most cases is decent for medical doctors and finding

employment after graduation is comparatively easier. On the downside though, you will have to content

with long working hours and odd emergency calls. Moreover, the entry salary for a medical intern may be

as low as Ksh 45,000 but with progression in the career, possibilities of hitting more than ten times that

amount are sky high.


2. Accounting, Actuaries, Finance.

As the custodians of an organization’s funds, professionals in this field wield a lot of monetary power. Their

income too and job status cast statements on their own and depending on the organization you work for or

volume of revenue the firm makes, the pay can be impressive. For those with a liking for numbers, this area

of study is worth pursuing. Estimates fromSalaryexplorer.com place the highest paid financial director at

Ksh 805,000 per month. Still the average by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics 2013 estimates for

financial services was KSH 100,000.


3. Politics.

Africa has a well-grounded culture that regards politics as one of the fastest avenues to riches. County

members of parliament, governors, senators and members of the county assembly lie in this list. Other

beneficiaries are political activists, analysts, scholars, commentators, advisors and writers are some of the

latest class of workers to make a career out of politics.


And media houses too bring these people on board and rake in massive viewership in return. Mutahi

Ngunyi, Makau Mutua, Adams Oloo, and Benji Ndolo are some of the prominent names in this field besides

research companies such as Ipsos-Synovate and Infotrack Harris. The amount of money these

organizations and analysts earn is not known but their popularity on TV stations is suggestive of their



4. Marketing.

The field can be pretty unpredictable but established marketers make a fortune out of their careers. As the

men and women entrusted with a company’s brand, sales and market share, the growth of the company

image can translate to high incomes and commissions for these professionals. Marketers can earn as

much as their sales can stretch with some in the leading banks and insurance companies enjoying

millionaire status.

5. NGO and Civil Societies.

Non-governmental organizations offer some of the most competitive salaries in the job market. Depending

on the budgets, often from donor funding, salaries can traverse in the range of six figures. Graduates of

Law and Social Sciences are the most likely ones to land in this field.


According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, 2013 Economic Survey, the average monthly pay for

an employee in NGO’s was Sh194, 000 last year, the highest amount in both the private and public sector.

That’s just the average. The most sought organizations include the United Nations and its affiliate bodies

such as UNEP and UNHCR. Other known NGOs include: USAID and Oxfam.


6. Information Technology.

The field has broadened with technological advances and newer careers are being invented with each

passing day. More organizations too are finding the need for technology occupying core aspects of their

operations hence the demand for professionals in IT disciplines. According to an IT expert, the cream of t

the profession in Kenya can earn over Ksh 500,000 a month.


7. Lecturers. 

The flexibility of their jobs makes the career path enviable and some can shuttle between some of the

increasing number of universities with ease. However, you need to have the patience of studying long and

hard beyond the graduate, masters to PhD level in order to command a higher salary. Though teaching has

traditionally been viewed as barren grounds for money, some top dons in universities earn close to Ksh

500,000 per month. The field of study will also determine the demand and remuneration for your services.


8. Media Presenters.

The field has been ‘infiltrated’ as some media practitioners term it, by non-holders of communication

qualifications but the truth is, this sector has become more of personal branding. Personalities with the

ability to draw viewership or mass audiences have found a home in the media.


These range from comedians, talk shows hosts and star presenters. The earnings here are dictated by

individual clout and some practitioners easily attract salaries similar to those of MPs. A female Citizen TV

presenter has for a long while been said to earn to the tune of Ksh 800,000 while some popular stand-up

comedians also run shows that rake in colossal sums as well.


9. Engineering.

With the country striving to catch up with the rest of the developed world, the need for engineers cannot be

over-emphasized. It matters what engineering specialization one ventures into but new developments also

play a part in how much you can earn. For example recent discoveries of oil might favour geo-spatial and

energy engineers but massive infrastructural developments also work for the benefit of civil and structural



Depending on the firm you are affiliated with, engineering is a lucrative career. Remember you also need to

have your math and sciences right. Salaryexplorer.com pegs the income of a project engineer at Ksh

550,000 on the higher side although this figure is not fixed.


10. Pilot/ Aviation Industry.

Pilots are some of the best paid professionals not only in Kenya but the world over. Moreover, the high cost

of training happens to be the only check that has stopped this career line from getting flooded. A Wall

Street journal in March 2013 reported that it takes Kenya Airways about Ksh 8.5 million to train a pilot. The

same source alleges that a captain makes up to Ksh 1.1 million a month. http://www.careerpoint-


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