Top 25 Most Prominent Occupations in Nigeria


In as much as unemployment is rampant in West Africa, there are thousands of jobs and hundreds of occupations in Nigeria. A team of creative individuals created an exclusive list via Careerpedia, which contains the top occupations in Nigeria for the year 2015. This list does not encompass all the occupations in Nigeria but the most prominent ones that did very well in the previous year.

These prominent careers were selected based on the following criteria: Income satisfaction (5pts); Comfort level (5pts); Growth on the Job (5pts); Skills acquisition (5pts); and Economic impact (10pts). The list cuts across different sectors of the economy; politics, media, arts, entrepreneurship, entertainment, etc. As long as the job creates a service or product that meets a need and is exchanged for money, it is worth celebrating, no matter how big or small the worth is. This is Buzz Nigeria’s pick of the top 25 most prominent occupations in Nigeria, 2015.

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25. Hawkers (15.7)

Street hawkers
We appreciate hawkers for selling opportunities on the street to the lower and middle class. Street hawkers make a major part of the business sector in Nigeria, as their products are always available to consumers in all locations. From refreshment on the road, to accessories, you do not need to walk into a store or the market, to look for the product. Hawkers bring them to you while you go about your daily activities. They even entertain with their racing activities trying to catch up with a customer whose car is speeding off.

Income satisfaction: 1, Comfort level: 2, Growth on the job: 2, Skills acquisition: 3.0, Economic impact: 7.7.

24. Secondary School Teachers (17.2)

According to a Daily School News survey, the JAMB CBT result performance for 2015 was among the best ever recorded by JAMB. This is to say it was a good year for secondary school teachers, private tutors and students as well. 38% of students had credits in five (5) subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics, this shows significant increase in student’s performance from the 31% of 2014 and the 36% of 2013. Special thanks to teachers for being the extra parent to the future leaders.


Income satisfaction: 2.5, Comfort level: 2.5, Growth on the job: 2.7, Skills acquisition: 3.0, Economic impact: 6.5.

23. Law Enforcement Agents (17.6)

Agencies like The Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have stepped up their game in making sure no offender gets away with a crime. There were several arrests over money laundering  and drug trafficking in Nigeria last year. Their efforts are remarkably helping Nigeria recover stolen funds and helping regain trust in the financial aspect of the economy.

Income satisfaction: 2.7, Comfort level: 2.5, Growth on the job: 2.4, Skills acquisition: 2, Economic impact: 8.0.

22. Sport Athletes (17.8)

The only sector where Nigeria’s image is well represented worldwide is sports. 2015 was a great year for Nigerian athletes, from breaking records by winning the FIBA Africa Championship for the first time ever to maintaining equally impressive records by winning FIFA U-17 World Cup for the 5th time since its inception. Team Nigeria also emerged the best track and field country after the conclusion of athletics events of the 11th All Africa Games. Much work is still required from sports however, they helped Nigeria win a total of 10 gold medals to emerge tops for the ninth consecutive edition and 10th overall.


Income satisfaction: 3, Comfort level: 1.8, Growth on the job: 2, Skills acquisition: 2.5, Economic impact: 8.5

21. Ushers (18.5)

With the big boom in the wedding industry, and other events, it only makes sense that ushers would have more jobs. This group of people created jobs for themselves and other youths by taking responsibility for assisting guests in events. Although, ushers usually work on contracts, they made a huge impact in beautifying and coordinating events at affordable cost.


Income satisfaction: 2.0, Comfort level: 4.0, Growth on the job: 2, Skills acquisition: 2.7, Economic impact: 7.8

20. Obstetrician/Gynecologists (19.9)

There has been significant decrease of maternity and child death rate and this is as a result of the extra efforts employed by these professionals. They specialize in managing pregnancy, labour, and the time period directly preceding childbirth. They have really improved in prenatal and post natal care, coupled with the vocal advocacy for family planning.

Income satisfaction: 4.5, Comfort level: 1.5, Growth on the job: 3.5, Skills acquisition: 3.2, Economic impact: 7.2

19. Pilots (20.2)

Without them, travelling would be very tiring. In 2015 there were insufficient pilots, however, the government did massive recruitment of pilots. Also, this sector produced Nigeria’s youngest produced pilot in 2015. Most importantly, there has been a huge decline in air travel casualties in the country because more safety precautions have been put into consideration to ensure pilots attain maximum control of situation in the air.


Income satisfaction: 4.7, Comfort level: 2, Growth on the job: 2, Skills acquisition: 4.0, Economic impact: 7.5

18. Civil Engineers (20.4)

Civil engineers

Many of Nigeria’s most noteworthy landmarks are man-made, these includes building structures and facilities, such as roads, railways, airports, bridges, harbours, dams, irrigation projects, power plants, water and sewage systems – all thanks to civil engineers for creating the infrastructures we need. The beautiful structures of the Ikoyi Link Bridge in Lagos, World Trade Center in Abuja, the ongoing Eko Atlantic Project in Lagos, Lekki Free Trade Zone and other structures and facilities under construction are credited to this sector.


Income satisfaction: 4.0, Comfort level: 3.2, Growth on the job: 3, Skills acquisition: 3, Economic impact: 7.2

17. Makeup Artists (21.6)

Make up
Beauticians have encouraged self-employment and entrepreneurship values with Makeup artists leading the team. Their services have enjoyed a boom due to the ease in acquisition of skills and the level of its demand. According to Afrimakeup, Nigeria’s foremost market place for makeup artists, it was discovered that 5 out of 10 ladies want to learn makeup, 5 out of 10 want the services of a makeup artist and 2 out of 10 ladies are makeup artists in Nigeria. With artists like Lola Maja, and Tara Fela-Durotoye, CEO of House of Tara, as  front-liners in the industry, make up in Nigeria has been redefined.


Income satisfaction: 2.8, Comfort level: 3.8, Growth on the job: 3.5, Skills acquisition: 2.8, Economic impact: 8.7

16. Buyers (21.8)

Buyers are very essential in any business, and their impact was felt in the massive increase in e-commerce market., and new players like Yudala,, Payporte and Webmall, got an appealing engagement from retailers of small and medium scale business. On the average, thousands of deals are struck daily between retailers and buyers amounting to millions of dollars flowing into the country’s economy.


Income satisfaction: 3.2, Comfort level: 2.8, Growth on the job: 3, Skills acquisition: 4.3, Economic impact: 8.5

15. Soldiers (21.9)

With the increasing siege of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, and the sad loss of lives all through last year, it would be easy to dismiss all the attacks that have been successfully foiled and the members that have been captured by the Nigerian military. With the active performance of the soldiers, order and security is gradually being restored. They are the definition of love and passion for one’s country.


Income satisfaction: 3, Comfort level: 0.8, Growth on the job: 4.2, Skills acquisition: 4, Economic impact: 9.5

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