5 underrated skills that pay highly in Kenya

In this digital era where landing a formal job is not guaranteed after graduation, it is important to go for high demand careers that teach skills rather than theory. In the Kenya job market, there are several underrated skills that pay well than most purported big decorated careers.

Institutions of higher learning in Kenya, including Universities and colleges offer a wide range of short-term and long-term courses that have the potential of leading students to high-paying professions.

However, some short courses have proven to be more secure in the job market than other long courses.

These short courses offer specialized skills and knowledge that are in high demand within the job market. The specialized training offered when pursuing these courses helps students to focus on one area and perfect it, thereby becoming experts in their professions.

In this article we will discuss some of the most underrated skills that may lead to high-paying careers in Kenya.

1. Data Science and Analytics


Underrated skills

This course equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze and interpret data using statistical methods in order to make profitable business choices. Topics include data mining, machine learning, and predictive modeling.

Entry Requirements: Basic knowledge of mathematics and programming.

Course Duration: 3-6 months (duration varies based on the program or course)

Institutions offering the course: Strathmore University, Nairobi Institute of Technology.

2. Digital Marketing

This course delves into marketing strategies and techniques in the digital landscape, covering social media marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), and online advertising.

Entry Requirements: Basic computer literacy and communication skills.

Course Duration: 2-4 months.

Institutions offering the course: Digital Marketing Institute, Kenya School of Digital Marketing, Google Digital Skills for Africa.

3. Cybersecurity

Students taking this course learn how to safeguard computer systems and networks from intrusion and other forms of cybercrime. Digital forensics, ethical hacking, and network security are just a few of the topics explored.

Entry Requirements: Basic computer literacy and understanding of networking.

Course Duration: 3-6 months.

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Institutions offering the course: Africa Nazarene University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

4.Graphic Design

This course focuses on visual communication and design principles using digital tools like layout design and image editing.

Entry Requirements: Basic computer literacy and creativity.

Course Duration: 2-6 months

Institutions offering the course: Africa Digital Media Institute, Kenya College of Communication Technology.

5. Mobile App Development.

Studying this course imparts skills in developing mobile applications for various platforms, such as Android and iOS. Topics include mobile programming languages, user interface design, and app deployment.

Entry Requirements: Basic programming knowledge and familiarity with mobile devices.

Course Duration: 3-6 months

Institutions offering the course: Moringa School, iHub Software Development Bootcamp.