10 Highest-Paying Jobs for Fresh Graduates in the Philippines

Published: April 4, 2019 | Updated: July 30, 2020 | Posted by: Moneymax | Personal Finance

High Paying Jobs in the Philippines for Fresh Graduates | Moneymax

Students head off to university to ensure that they have the skills to land them their dream job by the time they graduate. Of course, this isn’t always the case. Some people may find that their actual career path has very little to do with their college degree.

Still, it doesn’t mean that one can’t have a particularly successful career in their chosen field. Several industries in the Philippines actually provide high paying jobs without the need for leaving the country.

Have you just graduated from college? Looking for a financially rewarding first job? Or perhaps, you’re a K-12 graduate deciding which course to take to find a high paying job after college.

Consider applying for one of these 10 highest paying jobs in the Philippines, based on JobStreet’s 2018 Fresh Graduates Report[1].

1. Law/Legal Services

Average Monthly Salary: PHP 27,355

Fresh graduates in the legal field have the highest-paying jobs in the Philippines. Law-related jobs such as legal researcher, legal secretary, paralegal, and legal assistant require a bachelor’s degree in law or pre-law courses like political science or legal management.

2. Public Relations/Communications

High Paying Jobs in the Philippines for Fresh Graduates

Average Monthly Salary: PHP 24,765

Surprisingly for your parents, one of the highest paying jobs today have nothing to do with popular fields like IT, engineering, and accountancy. In fact, on Jobstreet’s list of high paying jobs in the Philippines, three specializations that pay handsomely to fresh grads are related to communications.

If you have a degree in mass communications, journalism, marketing, advertising, or any related field, you can build a promising career in the public relations (PR) industry—and may earn more than PHP 20,000 monthly in your first job.

Private companies and government offices hire fresh graduates for PR/communication-related positions such as corporate communications officer, information officer, bids and proposal officer, liaison and network officer, PR specialist, and communications assistant. Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills are a must-have for these high paying jobs.

3. Journalism

High Paying Jobs in the Philippines for Fresh Graduates

Average Monthly Salary: PHP 22,446

The latest Jobstreet report lists the following as high paying jobs in the field of journalism: content writer, foreign language content translator (e.g., Chinese/Japanese/Korean translator/interpreter), and junior technical writer.

Writers are very much in demand these days. Many companies in the public and private sector—especially BPOs and digital marketing agencies—need to fill their websites, social media channels, and other digital assets with content.

Anyone with a solid command in English and excellent writing skills can start a career in content writing. Graduates of courses like journalism, English, communications, marketing, or sales have an edge.

As for translators, a degree in linguistics or English and fluency in a particular foreign language are required.

4. Advertising/Media Planning

Average Monthly Salary: PHP 22,436

A career in advertising pays well aside from providing growth and learning opportunities for employees fresh from college. You can enter the industry as a copywriter, graphic artist, marketing assistant, or account executive.

Advertising and marketing agencies, as well as IT and retail companies, employ fresh grads with a degree in Advertising/Media, Journalism, Communication Arts, Mass Communication, Marketing, Business Administration, Literature, Multimedia Arts, Fine Arts, Architecture, or any related course.

The advertising field is a high-pressure environment, so apart from strong communication skills and creativity, the ability to handle pressure and meet deadlines is crucial for your success.

5. Training and Development

High Paying Jobs in the Philippines for Fresh Graduates

Average Monthly Salary: PHP 22,371

Entry-level training and development officers and training specialists/assistants are tasked to organize, conduct, and document training programs, seminars, workshops, and conferences for employees.

Aside from the standard skills required of other jobs, these high paying jobs require good public speaking, presentation, problem-solving, and leadership skills.

To start a career in the training and development field, you should be a graduate of psychology, behavioral science, sociology, human resource management, business administration, business management, or any related course.

6. Information Technology (IT)

High Paying Jobs in the Philippines for Fresh Graduates

Average Monthly Salary: PHP 21,947

IT professionals in the Philippines—including web programmers, software developers/engineers, IT analysts, and technical support representatives—have high paying jobs. Fresh graduates of IT-related degrees such as computer science, information technology, and software engineering are no exception.

High paying jobs in the IT industry require specific knowledge and skills, including programming languages, network troubleshooting, and problem-solving skills.

7. Human Resources (HR)

Average Monthly Salary: PHP 21,462

If you work in a company’s HR department, you have one of the least appreciated jobs in the corporate world, they say. That could be true. But for fresh grads, entry-level HR jobs are among the high paying jobs in the Philippines, earning around a bit more than PHP 20,000 per month.

Most HR-related jobs available to new graduates include recruitment/talent acquisition specialist, HR assistant, and payroll assistant. You’re either in charge of recruitment (sourcing potential candidates, screening, and interviewing them before endorsing candidates to employers) or payroll management and timekeeping.

These high paying jobs for fresh graduates are open to degree holders in psychology, human resource management, finance, or accounting.

8. Marketing/Business Development

High Paying Jobs in the Philippines for Fresh Graduates

Average Monthly Salary: PHP 21,216

Business development assistant, marketing assistant, sales assistant, and brand officer are among the highest-paying jobs for fresh graduates in the Philippines.

These high paying jobs involve providing administrative support to marketing and business development managers, conducting market research, developing marketing plans, or assist in implementing marketing campaigns.

You can break into the marketing/business development industry if you’re a graduate of marketing, business administration, business management, or any four-year course.

9. Customer Services

Average Monthly Salary: PHP 20,340

Getting into the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector as a customer service representative is easier for fresh grads than in other industries, as BPO companies accept college graduates of any four-year course and even college undergrads and high school graduates. No experience is required for most call center jobs.

However, a strong command of English, problem-solving skills, and interpersonal skills are necessary to get hired. You must also be willing to work on weekends, nightshifts, and holidays.

In terms of pay, customer service reps earn around PHP 20,000 monthly. Some companies even offer as much as PHP 25,000 to PHP 30,000 per month to entry-level employees.

10. Quality Assurance

Average Monthly Salary: PHP 20,333

Food manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and health care providers hire fresh graduates as quality inspectors or QA assistants to ensure their operations and products meet quality standards.

These high paying jobs require a degree in food technology, nutrition, chemistry, chemical engineering, pharmacy, or any related course.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, most of the high paying jobs in the Philippines for fresh graduates require digital skills. But having them and a relevant college degree isn’t enough. According to the JobStreet report, employers mostly consider a candidate’s work ethic and attitude, among other requirements. Take note of that when you go job hunting. Good luck!

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