More and more students are leaning towards enrolling for the most marketable degree courses in Kenya due to the rising number of graduates and more competition in an ever dynamic job market.

However, identifying the top marketable degree courses in Kenya is not easy due to the fact that Kenyan universities currently offer more than 400 undergraduate programmes. That’s why we decided to have a look at some of the most marketable degree courses in Kenya as a way of making your mini-research less strenuous.

Following a recent study at Kenya’s employment rate, we were able to highlight the marketable Careers in Kenya. Although education is important, it should be noted that some careers are more preferred to others.

Below is a list of highly marketable courses you can pursue in Kenya :

1.Medical courses

Kenya is facing a big challenge in the medical sectors, currently there are approximately eight thousands (8,000) registered Doctors and thirty three thousand (33,000) registered Nurses.

The most worrying thing is that the ratio of registered doctor to their patient is approximately one  to five thousands (1:5000), a shortage of over fifty thousand Doctors and Nurses . Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery and Bachelor of Nursing are the courses that students who aspire to join medical should pursue.

2.Computer Science and Information & Technology

The world has become a global village. Every sector in the economy requires the use of modern technology for easier operation. A person with a Bachelor of Science-Computer Science can be able to do several functions such as programming, System security, Computer maintenance, Network Management, Web-design etc. This improves the employment rate for all holders of these course


Engineering jobs are expected to grow, though some types of engineering will do better than others. Courses included in this category are mining, construction, geomantic, mechanics, electronic, civil, electrical, mechanical, geospatial computer and software engineering.
Engineers have a technical specialty that can help Kenya to achieve vision 2030 by developing infrastructure such as road networks, water reservoir, treatment plants, chemical plants, Automotive manufactures, Pharmaceutical etc.

4.Business related Degrees

Business courses include; Finance, Sales and Marketing, Accounting & Auditing, Procurement, Supply & chain management, Insurance and Human resource.
Some business courses are more marketable, for example demand for financial analysts is growing rapidly, and the main reasons for this is that investment is becoming increasingly complex and global in nature, and the amount of assets that require expert management are rising.


Kenyan’s economy is anticipating the expansion of the economy where the service industry may take centre stage; demand for legal services is expected to grow. This would possibly mean more training and work opportunities for lawyers

6.Communication and Public relation

Every organisation in Kenya is feeling the impact of Internet usage. Many customers today want to be associated with their favorite organisation in social media like Facebook, Twitter, Google, My space etc. This creates a need for Communication officer or Public relation personnel to handle the increased need to interact with the client.

Although communication is wide and can be done by various people, a specialist is required to handle the all matter in a similar angle. As a result a degree in communication comes handy

7.Economics Degree

Economics graduates are very important in every developing economy like Kenyans. This is because they assist in laying down economic strategies needed to sustain the economy.

Many economists work in academia, teaching at universities and conducting research. Others provide consultancy services and work for think tanks, also known as policy institutes, where they perform research and engage in advocacy for economic policy

8.Architecture/Structural Engineering/Quantity Survey

Although it takes about 7 years to be a qualified, certified architect in Kenya, which includes duration one works in agencies on placements, getting a job isn’t as hard as in other flooded fields. Additionally, Kenya is currently experiencing a surge in the number of structural projects that need the services of architects, structural engineers, and quantity surveyors.

9. Bachelor of Pharmacy

Known as one of the few courses that can take up to 8 years to complete, coupled with extremely high entry requirements, not many students enroll for the course. As a result, there is always less competition in the job market, which in turns makes it one of the most marketable degree courses in Kenya. Additionally, a degree in pharmacy will land you in one of the best paying jobs in Kenya.

10. Bachelor of Education in Special Needs Education

The demand for sign language interpreters in Kenya is increasing with each passing day. The education sector, TV stations, radio stations, NGOs, banks and other institutions will always find room for graduates with this degree to help serve their clients better and efficiently.

Take note: There are a lot of job opportunities it only depends on which angle you take .

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