How much can you earn with a Diploma in Kenya? Recently, Dr. Fred Matiang’i, the C.S of Education said in a report released by the Ministry of Education that the quality of graduates in Kenya is wanting, which is the main reason employers are shunning away graduates from Kenyan Universities.
Where does that leave Diploma holders?
In case you didn’t know, most employers actually prefer Diploma holders because of the quality of Education they receive, compared to the very ‘cheapened’ Degrees.
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1.Business Related Diplomas (30-50K)
With a Diploma in a Business related course, you can earn 30-50K as a Digital Marketer in 2017. Currently, there is an increase in demand for Digital Marketers due to the heavy use of the internet by both firms and consumers.
That said, with a Business Diploma in your pocket, your take away home can be between 30 & 50K as an entry level employee.
2. Diploma in Web Design & Graphic Design (80-100K)
Web Design and Graphic Design diplomas are the current gold mines in Kenya. Every company you can mention needs a website in this day and age, and luckily, not many people know how to create a website in Kenya. With the high demand and relatively low supply of the service, those who have Design Diplomas are making hundreds of thousands from the service.
The minimum a Graphic Designer can make in Kenya for one Website is 20K.
A good graphic design school in Kenya is Shang Tao College in Nairobi. Alternatively, you can also teach yourself Graphic and Web Design through YouTube Tutorials.
3. Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (60-100k)
A diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering can earn you 60K at Kenya Power and Lighting Company. With more work experience, you make close to 200K per month.
4. Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication
Most of the Journalists you see on TV are Diploma holders. A Diploma in Journalism in Kenya is often valued more than a degree.
The reason is because Degree programs offer more theoretical education as compared to Diploma courses which offer more hands-on practical experience.
An entry level Radio/TV Journalist at Royal Media Services earns around 40K+…
It’s tough to get a job in the Media Industry in Kenya, but once you get in and make a name for yourself, it is uphill from there.
The most successful journalists in Kenya earn up to 500K monthly, some of who are Diploma holders.
5. Diploma in Pharmaceutical Technologist (100K)
GlaxoSmithKline is one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies in Kenya. With a Diploma in Pharmaceutical Technology at GlaxoSmithKline you can earn 100K.
If you are more entrepreneurial, you can decide to open your own Chemist where you can make more than 10K every day.
6. Diploma in Project Management/Monitoring & Evaluation (100K)
NGO jobs in Kenya come with very good salaries, even for Diploma holders. With a Diploma in Project Management/Monitoring & Evaluation you can pocket 100K every month.
Have a look at some of the latest NGO Jobs in Kenya today.
7. Diploma in Architecture (50K Starting Salary)
Architecture is not a common course in Kenya, as a report by the Ministry of Education showed. With that in mind, those who have an Architectural background are highly priced and valued.
A diploma in Architecture in Kenya can earn you 50K as a starting salary, which is a great deal.
There you have it, 7 Diploma Courses, and how much you earn from them in the Kenyan job market.
At the end of the day, it all bottles down to your skills and what you can offer your employer, papers are just an added advantage.
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Remember there are millions of jobless graduates in Kenya. For you to stand out, you must pursue professional certifications and tools relevant to your profession. This is the only way you can improve your chances of securing employment.