Updated: May 16
The Philippines remains one of Asia's fastest growing economies with a growing young population which is one of the factors of its unprecedented economic growth. Even the New York Times described the Philippines as an "economic bright spot in Asia" which was attributed to its youthful populace.
NEDA recognized this window of opportunity to enhance the country's economic growth given its young and productive population. However, this youthful populace contribution in nation-building is only as good as their knowledge and skills.
Hence, receiving proper education, training, and information is of utmost importance for this young population. The importance of this fact is actually one of the reasons that started Build Nation's initiative and mission on making opportunities and information for young people to easily access them in one place. This article aims to serve as a guide for you to make an informed career- and work-related decisions.
Below is the list of the Top 10 Highest Paying Jobs in the Philippines and their average salary, description, and educational background requirements from the Philippine Statistics Authority's latest 2020 release of its 2018 Occupational Wages Survey released last March 25, 2020.
Top 10 Highest Paying Jobs in the Philippines
1. Aircraft Pilots and Related Associate Professionals
Average Salary: Php 128,348
Workers in this unit group control the operation of mechanical, electrical and electronic equipment in order to navigate aircraft for transporting passengers, mail and freight and perform pre-flight and in-flight tasks.
BS Aeronautics, BS Aeronautical Engineering, BS Air Transportation, BS Aircraft Maintenance Technology, or other related fields.
FLYING AND NAVIGATING AIRCRAFT, PREPARING AND SUBMITTING FLIGHT PLAN, CONTROLLING THE OPERATION OF THE MECHANICAL, ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, AND OTHER RELATED TASKS.
2. Mathematicians and Actuaries
Average Salary: Php 62,237 Description:
An actuary analyst uses data to measure risk for a company or organization, such as insurance company or a financial services business, to develop new products, project future results, reprice existing products, and/or determine financial strength.
BS Accountancy, BS Mathematics , or other related fields.
REVIEWING ACCURACY OF DATA AND CALCULATIONS, REPORTING AND INTERPRETING DATA, ANALYZING RISK EVALUATION DATA, USING APPROPRIATE MODELS AND STATISTICAL METHODS, AND OTHER RELATED TASKS.
3. Chemical Engineers
Average Salary: Php 58,496
Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and math to solve problems that involve the use of fuel, drugs, food, and many other products.
BS Chemical Engineer, or other related fields.
ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH HEALTH, SAFETY, AND ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS, CONDUCT RESEARCH INTO IMPROVED MANUFACTURING PROCESSES, DESIGN AND TROUBLESHOOT PROCESSES FOR THE PRODUCTION OF CHEMICALS, FUELS, PHARMACEUTICALS, AND OTHER RELATED TASKS.
4. Systems Analysts and Designers
Average Salary: Php 54,381
Knowledgeable in programming languages, operating systems, and hardware, Systems Analysts think outside the box to find effective solutions for businesses and other clients. They work with a variety of people and analyze costs and other such important aspects of technology services to not only find the best system, but the best system that fits what the user wants and is able to work with.
BS Computer Science, BS Information Technology, or other related fields.
EXAMINE CURRENT SYSTEMS, PRODUCE SPECIFICATIONS FOR NEW OR MODIFIED SYSTEMS, CONDUCTING APPLICATION TESTING AND PROVIDING DATABASE MANAGEMENT SUPPORT, LIASING WITH OHER IT STAFF TO PRODUCE NEW SYSTEMS, AND OTHER RELATED TASKS.
5. Specialist Medical Practitioners
Average Salary: Php 54,090
Specialist medical practitioners diagnose, treat and prevent illness, disease, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in humans, using specialized testing, diagnostic, medical, surgical, physical and psychiatric techniques, through application of the principles and procedures of modern medicine. They specialize in certain disease categories, types of patient or methods of treatment and may conduct medical education and research in their chosen areas of specialization.
BS Human Biology, BS Biochemistry, BS Medical Biology, BS Biology, BS Nursing, BS Medical Technology, BS Pscyhology, BS Public Health, BS Physical Therapy, or other related fields.
DIAGNOSE DISEASES AND DISORDERS, PRESCRIBE AND ADMINISTER MEDICATION, OPERATE ON PATIENTS USING SPECIALIST SURGICAL PROCEDURES, TREAT MEDICAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISEASES AND DISORDERS, AND OTHER RELATED TASKS.
6. Geologists and Geophysicists
Average Salary: Php 53,318
Geologists and Geophysicists study the composition, structure and other physical attributes of the earth. Geologist or geophysicist work on projects to locate and advise on the extraction of minerals, petroleum and ground water. They work to detect, monitor and forecast seismic, magnetic, electrical, thermal and oceanographic activity.
BS Geology, BS Geography, BS Geothermal Engineering, BS Physics, BS Environmental Science, BS Engineering, or other related fields.
CONDUCT SURVEYS OF MINERAL, PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS DEPOSITS, PREPARE AND SUPERVISE THE PRODUCTION OF LABORATORY REPORTS AND SCIENTIFIC PAPERS, CONDUCT STUDIES OF THE STRUCTURE, NATURE AND FORMATION OF EARTH'S CRUST AND THE MINERALS CONTAINTED IN IT, STUDY THE EFFECTS OF NATURAL EVENTS, CARRY OUT EXPLORATION TO DETERMINE THE RESOURCES PRESENT, AND OTHER RELATED TASKS.
7. Applications Programmers
Average Salary: Php 51,224
Computer programmers code or write computer software, and write, design, debug, troubleshoot, and maintain source code related to various computer programs, ultimately so that the programs can then be used by end-users. They may also customize computer programs which were purchased from vendors.
BS Computer Science, BS Information Technology, or other related fields.
Tasks: WORKING WITH DESIGNERS AND CONTENT PRODUCERS, WRITING, MODIFYING, AND DEBUGGING SOFTWARE, USING SOURCE DEBUGGERS, PROGRAM DUMPS, AND PERFORMANCE MONITORING TOOLS
8. Telecommunications Engineers
Average Salary: Php 49,770
Telecommunication engineers understand how telecommunications systems – including voice, data, radio, fiber optics and waves – work and are equipped to handle disruptions of service and come up with solutions to deal with problems as they may arise. They also design and create telecommunications systems. Telecommunications engineering also overlaps heavily with broadcast engineering.
BS Telecommunication Engineering, BS Electronics and Telecommunications Technology, BS Electronics and Communications Engineering, B.S. in Electrical and Technology Management, or other related fields.
Tasks: PLANNING, DESIGNING, COMMISSIONING AND MONITORING OF COMPLEX TELECOMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES AND ASSOCIATED BROADCASTING EQUIPMENT SUCH AS COMPLEX ELECTRONIC SWITCHING SYSTEMS, COPPER TELEPHONE FACILITIES, VIDEO CONFERENCING LINKS AND FIBER OPTICS. WORKING CLOSELY WITH CLIENTS, DISCUSSING SOLUTIONS LIKE COMPUTER TELEPHONY INTEGRATION (CTI) TO HELP THEM MANAGE, MONITOR AND TRACK CALLS.
9. ICT Installers and Services
Average Salary: Php 49,067
Install, repair and maintain telecommunications equipment, data transmission equipment, cables, antennae and conduits and repair, fit and maintain computers.
BS Computer Science, BS Information Technology, BS Information and Communications Technology, BS Internet Science and Technology, or other related fields.
MAINTAINING, TROUBLESHOOTING, TESTING AND REPAIRING COMPUTERS, DATA TRANSMISSION EQUIPMENT AND COMPUTER PERIPHERALS
FITTING AND ADJUSTING COMPUTER HARDWARE
INSTALLING, MAINTAINING, REPAIRING, AND DIAGNOSING MALFUNCTIONS OF MICROWAVE, TELEMETRY, MULTIPLEXING, SATELLITE AND OTHER RADIO AND ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS
PROVIDING TECHNICAL ADVICE AND INFORMATION, AND MONITORING THE PERFORMANCE OF COMPLEX TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS AND EQUIPMENT
INSTALLING AND REPAIRING CABLING FOR COMPUTER, RADIO, TELEPHONE AND TELEVISION TRANSMISSION
JOINING TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND DATA CABLES AND SEALING SHEATHES
INSTALLING, MAINTAINING AND REPAIRING ANTENNAE USED IN COMMUNICATIONS.
10. Computer Engineers
Average Salary: Php 47,337
A computer engineer, also called a software engineer, is responsible for developing, testing and evaluating the software that make computers work. They may help in the development of new computer games and business applications, or even in the design of entirely new operating systems. A computer engineer may also be responsible for constructing and managing an organization's computer system and supplying technical support.
BS Computer Engineering, BS Computer Science, BS Software Engineering, or other related fields.
Tasks: RESEARCHING SOFTWARE AND COMPUTER HARDWARE, DESIGNING AND TESTING COMPUTER HARDWARE COMPONENTS, WRITING AND TESTING SOFTWARE FOR MOBILE DEVICES AND COMPUTERS, DESIGNING, SETTING UP AND TESTING NETWORKS, MANAGING OPERATING SYSTEMS, DESIGNING AND TESTING ROBOTS, CREATING PROGRAMMING TO SUPPORT A RANGE OF PRODUCTS
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Read more: For more details about the PSA 2018 Occupational Wages Survey, read more here.
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority's 2018 Occupational Wages Survey (Released 25 Mar 2020)