Best Paying Degree Courses in Kenya [2024 Edition]

Last updated on February 22nd, 2024 at 05:34 pm

Are you looking for the best paying degree courses in Kenya? If this is the case, you’ve come to the right place.

Remember that it is important to select a degree program that not only aligns with your interests but also promises a significant return on investment.

To be clear, there are several degree programs that have the potential to lead to higher-paying jobs, and we will discuss them in this article.

Continue reading to find out more.


Best paying degree courses in Kenya

1.     Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

Medicine has long been regarded as one of the most lucrative professions in the world, and Kenya is no exception(you might know that Surgeons and professional medical doctors  earn highly in Kenya- they can pocket about Kshs. 500,000 monthly and even more if you’re in private practice).

Obviously, a bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery requires rigorous learning process, but the financial rewards are substantial.

Furthermore, medical doctors and surgeons are always in high demand, both in Kenya and internationally.

Among the universities that offer bachelor’s degrees in medicine and surgery are:

  • Mt Kenya University
  • University of Nairobi
  • Kenya Methodist University
  • Kenyatta University School of Medicine
  • Moi University School of Medicine

2.  Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering

Kenya’s technology industry is greatly expanding, with more businesses and organizations relying on software solutions.

This has resulted in an increase in the demand for skilled software engineers and developers.

Consequently, a degree in Software Engineering or a related field will earn you competitive pay, especially if you have strong mathematics skills to handle complex programming.

Furthermore, as far as a thriving digital economy is concerned, you will be able to find employment.

Where to study:

  • Cooperative University of Kenya
  • Multimedia University of Kenya
  • KCA University


3.  Bachelor of Civil Engineering

Civil engineering is currently one of the most marketable and well-paid courses in Kenya.

With a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, you can never go wrong because there are numerous jobs available, particularly in the construction industry.

Where to study:

  • Kenyatta University
  • Dedan Kimathi University of Technology
  • Machakos University
  • Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology
  • Technical University of Kenya
  • University of Nairobi


4.     Bachelor of Quantity Surveying

Quantity surveyors are experts who estimate and manage the costs of construction projects from start to finish.

In Kenya, there is a high demand for skilled professionals in the construction and real estate industries, making quantity surveying a marketable degree course.

Infrastructure development, urbanization, and the construction of residential, commercial, and industrial properties all contribute to the need for quantity surveyors.

Where to study:

  • Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
  • Technical University of Kenya
  • University of Nairobi


5.     Bachelor of Commerce-Marketing

Businesses in Kenya require marketers to help generate sales out there

As a result, professionals with BCom-Marketing and related fields are rewarded handsomely because no business would survive without them.

In fact, this is one of the careers I recommend most if you’re an extrovert -and good at handling people..

Trust me: The kind of money you can earn in sales is crazy(as long as you become good at your job).

And do you know that a sales career can be your launchpad to a career in politics? If you don’t believe me, Barrack Obama (the first Black President of the United States was  once a brilliant guns salesman)

Where to study:

  • KCA University
  • University of Nairobi
  • Zetech University



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6.     Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Information Technology

As the technology sector expands, there is a high demand for IT professionals, software developers, data scientists, and other tech-related roles.

Computer science and information technology graduates are well-paid in Kenya, particularly if you specialize in areas such as software development, data science, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity(this is especially good).

Be sure to take marketable certifications as you do your degree including certifications in cyber-security, cloud computing, networking (including VMWARE and CCNA), AI-related certifications, and more

Where to study:

  • Kabarak University
  • Cooperative University of Kenya
  • Dedan Kimathi University of Technology
  • Egerton University
  • Kenyatta University
  • Kibabii University
  • Maseno University


7.     Bachelor of Science in Aviation (Piloting)

Piloting is one of Kenya’s highest-paying degree programs, and it takes up to three years to complete.

It is also one of the most expensive courses in Kenya, as you must spend at least 5 million Kenyan shillings to complete the piloting course.

Nonetheless, the piloting profession guarantees a decent salary especially if you are employed by major airlines in Kenya and also pilots are in demand both locally and internationally.

This course is only available at a few colleges, which include:

  • Kenya School of Flying
  • Flight Training Center
  • Ninety-Nine Flying School
  • East Africa School of Aviation
  • Kenya Flying School


8.     Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science

With a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science, you can work as a forensic scientist, crime scene investigator, forensic laboratory technician, evidence technician, or in related fields such as law enforcement, legal consulting, or private investigation.

As you can see, this degree program offers diverse job opportunities that pay very well.

Where to study:

  • Kenyatta University
  • Kirinyaga University


9.     Bachelor of Architecture

Professionals in architecture are also traditionally well remunerated and you could earn good money in that field.

This is because an architect has become an intergral part of housing projects (law requires that an architect is involved in drawing up housing plans if your project is to be approved).

Indeed, architects do much more these days including managing big contracts so perks can be great.

Where to study:

  • Technical University of Kenya
  • Technical University of Mombasa

*The only problem with the course is that jobs are not so many for fresh graduates and you might tarmac for a while.


10.Bachelor of Law

If you study law and gain a lot of real-world experience, you will undoubtedly succeed in your career.

However, it will be difficult at first, but once you have a few clients and provide them with excellent services, you start to thrive in your career.

The best part is that you can opt to start your own law firm instead of being employed.

Better still you can go to the other side- the bench- and become a judge!

To practice law, you must first obtain a bachelor’s degree in law from a recognized university and then enroll in the Kenya School of Law for a one-year diploma in law.

Consider attending any of the following universities for excellent law education:

  • Kenyatta University School of Law
  • University of Nairobi School of Law
  • Moi University School of Law
  • Egerton University School of Law


Best paying degree courses in Kenya – wrap up

Overall,  the top earners in Kenya are doctors and surgeons, judges,  lawyers, pilots, architects, as well as engineers and accountants (finance professionals).

But note that these are just a few of the best-paying degree courses in Kenya.

Remember that, while earning potential is important, you should also choose a degree that you are genuinely interested in and passionate about.

So choose wisely!



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