In order to be successful, have more job opportunities and be recognized in the society, one has to take a professional course. Professional courses are specific; it brings out the best in person and develops the hidden skills in students. Very well, in this article, you will learn the different professional courses in Nigeria in which you can peak your career.

These courses are costlier than regular courses. Most children’s dream were to be a doctor, lawyer, engineer but at the long run, they found out their score has to be high enough. And that’s why most of them go for the regular courses.

I am not in any way saying that regular courses are not good, but professional courses are popular and high in demand these days. They have bodies that supervises the training of these courses in which after your first degree in university, you are automatically certified in that profession, although you will take the certification exams.

For example, ICAN for accounting, NSE for engineering, PCN for pharmacy, NIESV for estate management, CIBN for banking and finance et cetra.

Now let us look at those professional courses in Nigeria, and help you make the right decision of institution.

MEDICINE

This is infact the best professional course and perhaps the most popular. It is a 5-year course and 1-year housemanship to practice medicine where you can be paid up to N100,000 to N150, 000.

It is a highly paid profession and also highly recognized. Most people had dreams of studying medicine but the cut off mark is too high and so they go for the regular courses.

For those who are intrigued by how the human body works and are more concerned on health status of people, this is the right field for you. Nonetheless, passion should lead before wealth; going in Medicine and surgery will not worth it if you are not passionate about saving lives.

Some of the best universities to study medicine in Nigeria are:

  • Obafemi Awolowo University
  • University of Ibadan
  • Ahmadu Bello University
  • University of Nigeria, Nsukka and so on.

You can also be a member of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria after graduation and get more prestige to your profession.

BANKING AND FINANCE

This is a field that deals with financial services which includes the lending of money, deposition and collection of money. It is made up of the entire processes involved in transactions.

Banking and finance is one of the professional courses under the arts discipline. For those who loves using money in the best way, this is the course for you. There are many job opportunities in this field as you can be a:

  • Financial Advisor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Bank Teller
  • Stockbroker
  • Finance Controller
  • Financial Bookkeeper
  • Auditor
  • Loan Officer
  • Treasurer
  • Budget analyst, etc.

There are good universities where you can study Banking and Finance as a professional course, and they include:

  • Abia state university
  • Delta State University
  • Ebonyi State University
  • Enugu State University of Science and Technology
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe university
  • Olabisi Onabanjo university, etc.

After school, you can decide to register for Chartered Institute of Bankers in Nigeria. You can use the certificate to get job in any part of the country.

ACCOUNTING

Accounting or Accountancy regularly called the language of businesses involves the measurement, processing and communication of both financial and non-financial information of businesses organizations.

Accounting as one of the professional courses in Nigeria has so many job opportunities in Nigeria. You can work in any industry where proper accountability is needed. As an accountant, you stand a chance of being employed professionally within six months of leaving university.

Graduates from this course may go into different fields like finance, business, public sector, banking, marketing and management.

Taking ICAN exams subsequently to earn you the ICAN certificate as a graduate will get you a job in any part of the country. ICAN registration is however simple.

ESTATE MANAGEMENT

This is a field that deals with property management, surveying, land and building management, marketing, development and disposal of property. It involves high skills, people that have enterpreneurial flairs (natural talent) and are able to spot opportunities.

It has lots of job opportunities as you can be an estate surveyor and valuer, chartered loss adjuster, construction manager, town planner, property manager, facilities manager, real estate marketer, estate agent, etc.

The universities best for studying Estate Management as a professional course are:

  • Abia State University
  • Convenant University
  • Enugu State University of Science and Technology
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe University
  • Obafemi Awolowo University
  • University of Nigeria, Nsukka, etc.

After your first degree, you might want to support your graduate certificate with being a member of Nigeria Institute of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) which can boost your CV and give you a fiar chance in job hunts.

PHARMACY

This field deals with the science and technique of preparing, dispensing and critically examining drugs. It is one of the most respected professional courses globally. Being a pharmacist is not an easy task but when one finally makes it, there will be a stable job that earns them cool money and prestige.

It is a 5-year course which after graduation, you are awarded a degree of Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D)

Pharmacy has a national body which oversees the practice of the profession. It is the Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN). After graduation, you have to be enrolled in any of the registered centres of this body for your internship in order to be registered and recognised.

LAW

This is a legal profession. In Nigeria, Law is a 5-year course plus one year in a Law School, after which you will be called to Bar. People practising Law, advice and represent clients as a private practitioner or working in a law firm.

For one to practice law, you need to have high intellect, fluent in English, argue a case and expect to win. It is not an easy course and so anyone who finally gets the certificate and called to bar is highly respected.

Law has lots of job opportunities as one can be a solicitor, barrister (even though in Nigeria solicitors and barristers are the same), a jury, a judge, a paralegal, consultants, etc.

Some of the best universities to study law in Nigeria are:

  • University of Lagos
  • University of Ibadan
  • University of Ilorin
  • Obafemi Awolowo University
  • University of Benin
  • University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • Ahmadu Bello University
  • University of Maidugiri
  • Ambrose Alli University, etc

When you have completed your studies in the university, you wl proceed to Law Schools. Here are the best Law Schools in Nigeria.

ENGINEERING

This field applies science to the creativity of what is essential in life. It is the most influential professional course in Nigeria as those who studied Engineering in any university can work in any place such as oil and gas company, Telecom firms or any manufacturing industries.

Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) is the professional body that covers the engineering profession in Nigeria.

It takes 5 years for a student to graduate from an Engineering school in Nigeria. Some of the universities suitable for the study of engineering as a professional course are:

  • Federal University of Technology, Owerri
  • Federal University of Technology, Akure
  • Federal University of Technology, Minna
  • Lagos State University
  • Obafemi Awolowo University
  • University of Lagos etc

ARCHITECTURE

The field of architecture deals with the art of designing and building houses and structures. Are you talented in drawing especially building plans? Well this is a course for you. Most architectures charge a lot of money just to make a drawing of a building plan. Some even charge up to 1 million naira.

This profession requires so many skills such as design and drawing skills, analytical skills, the ability to work as a team, able to communicate effectively, research skills, decision making ability, etc.

It is a 5-year course with 1 year compulsory masters degree program. Lots of job opportunities in this field as one can be an urban planner, building surveyor, interior designer, project manager, industrial manager, town planner, landscape architect, etc.

Some of the best universities where you can study architecture are:

  • Ahmadu Bello University
  • Federal University of Technology, Owerri
  • Federal University of Technology, Akure
  • Federal University of Technology. Minna
  • Obafemi Awolowo University
  • Olabisi Onabanjo University, etc.

MARKETING

For the love of business, advertising, promotions and sales, one has to study this course. People frown at the mere hearing of someone offering this course not knowing that without sales and marketing, a business cannot exist.

Marketing revolves around driving the vision of a business to make a profit and succeed.

Marketing deals with the management of exchange relationships and satisfying customers. One needs to have interpersonal skills, team work, drive and ambition, business and commercial acumen, creativity and imagination and ability to understand buyer needs and the sale processes in order to make it in this field.

Lots of job opportunities as a marketer are Public relations officer, Event manager, Market researcher, web producer, marketing analyst, digital marketer etc

National Institute of Marketers in Nigeria (NIMN) is a body which provides professional qualifications in marketing.


CONCLUSION

Every course one chooses in Nigeria is important and has great job opportunities. But professional courses has greater job opportunities. If you are opportuned to gain admission to study any of these professional courses in Nigeria, good for you.

Regular courses play a vital role in the society and so anyone who gains admission to study any regular course should not be discouraged but put more effort in order to make something good out of it.

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