Top 10 Highest Jobs in Nigeria in 2022

Everyone desires a successful and fulfilling career that also compensates well. Therefore, knowing which career path to take to get there is important because everyone wants to be financially stable to live a more fulfilling life. Most of these jobs often require formal education, technical expertise, creative abilities, and experience.

If you have special skills or a proven track record and experience, you are on your way to becoming one of the highest paid professionals. Here is a list of some of them.

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1. Surgeons

Surgeons are highly paid not only in Nigeria but across the world and this is due to the critical nature of their work. A surgeon’s job is high risk and any mistake can lead to death. Therefore, extensive knowledge is required for this profession, which includes completing medical school, which could take fifteen years or more, in order to become a specialist surgeon.

  • Salary Range: From N630,000 to N2,500,000 per month.

2. Drivers

Pilots control and fly a variety of aircraft, including passenger, cargo, and helicopter aircraft. In addition to flying long distances, pilots are paid quite well because the lives and safety of passengers are in their hands.

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To become a pilot, one must apply for admission to any recognized aviation school of your choice, which can take around four years. These aviation schools are mostly located outside Nigeria.

  • The starting salary for junior pilots ranges from N200,000 to N500,000 per month. Captains earn around N500,000 to N3,000,000 per month.

3. Doctor

Healthcare professionals have a variety of employment options, including working in teaching hospitals, public health organizations, private practices, and more. They might specialize in gynecology, gastroenterology, pathology, pediatrics, ophthalmology, neurology, and other medical specialties.

To qualify, one must complete a six-year course and obtain the necessary medical certification from any recognized institution in Nigeria in order to become a doctor.

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  • Salary range: from N300,000 to N1,500,000 per month.

4. Sailor

Sailors work on large transport ships, tankers and passenger ships, assisting in the operation and administration of these vessels. To become a seafarer, one must apply to the Nigeria Maritime Academy or any of the private maritime academies accredited by the federation.

  • Seafarers in Nigeria earn between 220,000 and 1,400,000 naira every month.

5. Lawyers

A knowledgeable and experienced attorney can help you avoid the death penalty, fines, and other forms of court sentencing. This is why experienced and competent lawyers are well paid.

To become a lawyer, you must first obtain a bachelor’s degree in law and then attend law school. You may well earn as your experience and professionalism grows.

  • Salary Range: From N150,000 to N1,330,000 per month.

6. Petroleum Engineer

If you work as a petroleum engineer in an oil and gas company in Nigeria, whether local or multinational, you could earn around N12,000,000 per year. This will largely be determined by your previous experience and years of service.

To become a petroleum engineer, you must complete a five-year course and obtain the necessary certification from any accredited institution in Nigeria.

  • Salary range: N200,000 to N1,000,000 per month

7. Military Officer

High-ranking military officers in the Nigerian army, navy and air force earn between 500,000 and 1,700,000 naira per month.

8. Software Engineer

A career in software engineering is rewarding as it is in high demand due to the use of technology globally. To become a software engineer, you must complete and obtain a computer engineering certification from any university, college, or institution.

  • Salary range: from N250,000 to N1,600,000 per month.

9. Chartered accountant

Accountants are responsible for managing financial accounts and are employed by virtually all businesses, including government agencies. To become a Chartered Accountant, you must complete a degree in accounting or a related course, then obtain a professional certificate from ACCS, CIMA, ICAN, or other professional organizations. This will put you on the pedestal for a successful career.

  • Chartered accountants in Nigeria earn between N150,000 and N1,550,000 per month.

ten . Banker

To become a banker in Nigeria, you need at least a bachelor’s degree of a recognized institution and pass the relevant aptitude tests in order to enter any of the various banks in Nigeria.

  • Salary range: from N150,000 to N1,450,000 per month.

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