Feb 082013
With graduation nearing, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Friday disclosed the highest-paying occupations in the last five years—and many of them are not as popular and as fashionable as, say, being a nurse or an engineer.

DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said some of these jobs may be “less popular and less considered but pay the highest salaries.”

“I also advise them to refrain from choosing courses based on what’s in vogue or fashionable, or, to use the popular social lingo of the youth, what’s ‘trending’ and popular. Just because a neighbor’s son or daughter will take up this or that course does not mean you should follow suit,” she said.

Citing the latest study of the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), Baldoz said the high-paying jobs in the Philippines include aviation, banking and finance, business process outsourcing, creative industries, cyber services, manufacturing, and mining.

10 highest paying jobs

“An art director, for example, which is under creative industries, can receive a corresponding median salary of P69,286 a month, while a geologist’s salary is P64,889 a month on the average,” she said.

The DOLE also said an aircraft pilot, a navigator, and a flight engineer could receive as high as P57,789 a month salary; mining engineer and metallurgical engineer, P55,638 a month; and a computer programmer, P43,573 per month.

Rounding up the top 10 high-paying positions are:

  • systems analyst and systems designer, P42,112 a month
  • production supervisor and general foreman, P36,133 a month
  • actuarian, with P35,480 a month
  • call center representative/customer service associate, P35,424 a month
  • statistician, P35,010 monthly.

The BLE report said these occupations have been determined “through the identification of median monthly basic pay and median monthly allowances of time-rate workers on full-time basis in non-agricultural establishments employing at least 20 persons in 65 industry groups within the Philippines.”

“The salaries identified, along with the occupations listed, are not entry-level wages. The compensation are obtained after years of work experience and after attaining some level of competency, as most employers in the identified industries would require. Also, occupants of these high-paying positions need to have bachelor’s degrees related to the field, at the very least,” the study said.

“As for other positions in cyber-services, business process outsourcing, and manufacturing companies, college degree is not an essential requirement. Completion of high school diploma coupled with years of experience is sufficient,” it added.

The BLE said the current Filipino workforce is composed of young, creative, and dynamic people who can work from anywhere anytime and these qualities may be put into best use with a career as an art director, or an aircraft pilot.

Tech-voc courses

For those who may not be able to enrol in college, Baldoz urged them to look into technical-vocational courses that may lead to a career such as general foreman or as call center representative.

The BLE study said such jobs typically require only a high school diploma as a minimum requirement.

For workers wanting to get such jobs, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) offers scholarship-based programs that range from three to six months training period in construction and contact center training. — KBK, GMA News

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