Top 5 In-Demand Professions in the Philippines

Every year, the Philippines have a bulge in the population that enters the labor force. With these, there is still a number who find it hard to land jobs while there are still some unfilled jobs. The Department of Labor and Employment points to job mismatch as the culprit. Most kids who enroll for tertiary education choose courses which they think are popular or will give them an opportunity to land jobs especially abroad. Sometimes, by the time they graduate, such demand has already waned. But there are also some jobs which may not be popular, but could offer a chance to generate more than modest income. Some of them are:

Aircraft pilot/Navigator/Flight Engineer

engineer doing work

The Earth is projected to experience an increase in air travel in the next decades. Airline companies and the aviation industry are plotting strategies to take advantage of this increase.  Part of their strategy is to acquire more airplanes.  So far, remotely control technology is not used and won’t likely be employed in the next decade or so. This calls for the need to hire people who can pilot or navigate airplanes and who will ensure that all systems are functioning while in the air. Given this scenario, those who are entering college in the coming months would do well to enroll in an aviation course. It will take at least four years of study at an aviation school with several hours of logged flight; you must also be in good health.

Before you can take flight, however, there are flight simulators that will let you apply the knowledge from your classes.  When you are ready to fly, you can choose whether you want to be a commercial plane pilot or a private plane pilot and undergo further training which takes only a few months.  Once you have undergone the required training, you have to pass the exam for pilots that are certified by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines for your license.

Computer Systems Analyst

Computer Systems analyst

Notice how businesses use computers for a more systematic and efficient delivery of goods and services?  It cannot be denied that computers are already part of any business which desires to grow and flourish.  You can be part of this growth and prosperity by being a computer systems analyst.  A computer systems analyst designs computer systems those are tailored to a business’ processes.  For you to be a good computer systems analyst you must also be good in math and logic; it takes four years to take a degree in computer science and become a computer systems analyst.

Computer Programmer

Computer programmer

Another profession that is related to information technology is that of a computer programmer. You might think that a computer systems analyst and a computer programmer are the same, but they’re not. The former involves with analyzing business systems or processes and determining which tools or kinds of computers need to be used while a computer programmer focuses on creating programs that can be used by businesses or even the public. An analyst works on both the hardware and software while a program concentrates on the software. Examples of the effect of the work of a computer programmer are apps.

With the deluge of apps and games, surely, a lot of computer programmers are needed.  Information technology courses, including computer science, take four years.  To be well-versed in writing code, you can supplement your four-year degree course in I.T. with a one-year certificate in computer programming.

Civil Engineer

civil engineer

Among the basic needs of a human being is shelter.  Shelters or homes often employ civil engineers in large-scale developments.  More than that, you can find them in the construction of buildings – whether office, commercial or industrial – infrastructure, like roads and bridges, water management firms and environmental projects.  The bachelor’s degree in civil engineering takes five years to complete with a board exam that awaits its graduates.


accountant in action

As long as money in its various forms is used, there will always be a demand for accountants. Accountants need four years of college education in accountancy followed by a board exam, which will entitle the graduate to a license. Even if you don’t earn a license, you can still be employed as accounting staff tasked to do bookkeeping and maintain inventory, among others.

Note that all five professions are S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) related.  That is because S.T.E.M. is the “wave of the future.”  This is not to say that other courses, like literature, education or journalism graduates are less likely to be employed.  Don’t discount the presence of Business Process Outsourcing Companies that employ thousands of graduates and even undergraduates, regardless of their educational backgrounds.  Also, these in-demand professions are likewise needed in developed countries that need skilled workers to support their ageing population.

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