The Kenyan job industry mainly consists of the agricultural sector, finance, engineering, medicine and information and communications technology. These sectors have proved to attract many people since they have better pay and an assured market. Jobs in Kenya might not be a lot but with the coming years the economy is bound to grow and more opportunities will arise.
Kenya has been one of the countries in Africa that experienced satisfactory economic growth before the global Coronavirus pandemic hit the world through the various industries. Although the country underwent a dip due to the pandemic, the resilience in the workforce has not gone to waste as the economy is expected to pick up by about 8% in 2021 according to IMF research.
The use of technology has proven to be advantageous as it adds more careers and opportunities in the country’s top sectors such as agriculture, finance, engineering information and communications technology, and tourism. Jobs in Kenya might be few due to the high number of citizens but there are still many changes in the market. Some of the careers in high demand in Kenya include:
- Agricultural sector
The Kenyan economy has been supported vastly over the years by this sector as it serves as a backbone to our livelihoods. Many agricultural-related careers are in high demand as it can never lack a market due to the fact that people have to eat to survive. Crop experts are usually sought after to help in the production of food in a large scale so that they can be sold locally or exported to other countries.
- Finance sector
Kenya’s corporate world can never seize demand for financial professionals like economists, statisticians, auditors and accountants. Financial managers are useful to our economy since they have the responsibility of overseeing an organization’s financial records and statements. Their duty is to plan strategies for long-term financial goals, control investment opportunities and produce financial reports.
Professionals such as actuarial scientists are in high demand as they deal with the management of uncertainties that are bound to affect a company negatively subject to risk, especially in the insurance sector. Many people go for this profession as the salaries are relatively high thus providing enough motivation to pursue the career.
- Engineering and architectural sector
Engineering and architecture are one of the most sought after courses in Kenyan universities regardless of the fact that they are rather difficult career choices. Most of the courses take an average of five to six years to complete a degree course. There is always demand for this experts especially since our economy is growing and so infrastructure has to be established.
- Information technology sector
This sector includes professionals such as IT managers who have a duty to coordinate, plan and control activities that deal with information and computer systems. There are also software engineers and website developers who program, design, install and maintain software and hardware systems. The courses are in high demand across the world as most of the activities are carried out digitally.
Medical jobs are in high demand in Kenya since our health is always kept first especially with the ongoing pandemic. The experts sacrifice a lot to make sure that any person in need of treatment is taken care of. The sector includes doctors, nurses, laboratory scientists, etc. Professionals with experience get high salaries due to the nature of the career thus many people want to pursue it.