Highest paid in PH may not even be college grads

by Ira Pedrasa, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Feb 17 2013 06:13 PM | Updated as of Feb 18 2013 02:13 AM

MANILA - The highest paid professionals in the Philippines may not even be college graduates, a labor official said.

This is most true for an art director, which has been the highest-paying job in the country over the last five years.

DOLE spokesperson Nicon Fameronag told radio dzMM that some art directors, who receive a median salary of P69,286 a month, have not even finished a four-year course in college.

“Sometimes, their knack for the job is what works,” he said. In creative industries, what's important is being “artistic, creative and innovative."

Fameronag said he has heard stories of artists who have moved from the fashion design industry to radio and television, where art directors thrive.

Art directors can also be found in advertising, public relations and theater.

Big investments

The other high-paying jobs, however, require big expenditures in education. Nonetheless, Fameronag sees this as a good investment for individuals since the corresponding industries they belong to are seen to grow further.

These skills are also in demand in other countries, where the pay for these jobs can be much higher.

Based on the December 2012 Labor Market Trends of the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), “despite the stiff salary competition, the Philippine economy remains resilient…With the economy expected to sustain its growth and create more jobs in industries such as Information Technology (IT), Banking and Finance, Health, Tourism, Manufacturing, and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), comes local professions that offer high earnings and opportunities for Filipino jobseekers.”

The Labor Market Trends report is where the top ten high-paying jobs list was sourced by DOLE. 

Second on the list is a geologist, who receives a median salary of P64,889 per month.

BLE says that to become a geologist, “a bachelor’s degree in Geology is required, although employers prefer those with post-graduate qualifications. Experienced Geologists can get a higher salary by acting as consultants for multinational companies in the mining industry.”

Captain Pilot can earn P300,000 a month

The same study shows that an aircraft pilot, navigator and flight engineer (third on the list) receive a median salary of P57,789 per month.

Take note that this is just the median salary. The study says “aircraft pilots who work for big commercial airlines could earn a monthly salary of P175,000 to P200,000 for a First Class officer and P275,000 to P300,000 for a Captain Pilot.”

The industry usually employs graduates of Bachelor of Science in Aviation. This course also produces flight engineers (those responsible for airplane maintenance) and navigators (those who guide airplanes to their destinations).

Fameronag explained that foreigners are starting to look into the aviation industry in the country, which would bode well for those who plan to enroll in aviation-related courses.

The same could be said for the mining and construction industries, which employ mining and metallurgical engineers, he said. The latter are number four on the BLE list of top-paying jobs. They have a median salary of P55,638 per month.