Top Industries in the Philippines to Get a Job In

by Brian McKay

Getting a job in the Philippines still tends to be a struggle despite many available openings in various companies. College graduates also normally go through a phase of being suddenly undecided on the path they’d like to take next, even with diplomas and impressive credentials under their belts. The competition can be pressure as well because it’s easy to feel small in a world where so many seemingly more qualified individuals are around you, pursuing the same thing.

That said, if you feel trapped in your job-hunting, take the time to reflect on your strengths and goals, and then consider these top industries with the most job openings in the country:

1. Business Process Outsourcing

The BPO industry in the Philippines continues to thrive, and it’s teeming with job opportunities for various fields of expertise, including information technology, communication, healthcare, and marketing. Call centers and back-office service providers also hire college undergraduates, and the compensation they give is widely known to be higher than the average compensation given by other industries. Explore BPO companies near your place and see where you can fit.

2. Information Technology

You’re in luck if you graduated with an IT degree and is specializing in software development. An entry-level employee – specifically a junior software analyst and a front-end developer- in an IT-company can earn as much as₱21,000 every month, a figure that’s higher most entry-level salaries in the Philippines.

3. Data Analytics and Security

There is a growing demand for data security professionals, so if you have a related degree, you have high chances of getting hired in the data analytics and security industry. Make sure to update your skills when necessary, because the demand for these roles continuously evolves.

4. Legal and Public Relations

Law-related positions are paid over₱27,000 every month, while PR professionals are paid more₱24,000. They’re actually the first and second highest-paying jobs in the country, and they’re in-demand, too.

5. Technical Vocational, Retail, and Manufacturing

The rise of the construction and manufacturing industries has led to technical vocational jobs being in-demand. Technical vocational graduates may also work in the retail and manufacturing industries, so it may be safe to assume that they have diverse career options.

Tips to Land a Job

What if your degree isn’t related to any of those top five industries? What if they are, but for some reason, you still aren’t getting hired? The job hunt can get disheartening if none of the companies you’ve applied for has reached you after the initial interview, but with these tips, you may find yourself soon weighing tons of offers.

Make job-searching a priority. Apply for as much as companies as you can every week or every month, and don’t miss out on job fairs. Have someone look at your resume, too, preferably a friend with job experience, and ask them for advice on how to improve it and to ace your job interviews.

Widen your search by looking for career opportunities outside your current field. For example, if you’re a Finance graduate, don’t limit your search to a bank and financial service companies alone. Look for jobs in other industries such as retail because they might be looking for staff in their finance department.

Consider expanding your qualifications, too. Maybe the jobs you’re after are something you’re underqualified for, so in this case, you might need freelance or part-time work to gain experience. Don’t rush on deciding to get a master’s degree yet. The costs might not be worth it, especially if your prospect companies value experience more than knowledge.

Get help from your friends, family, and acquaintances who can refer you to their companies when they have new job openings. And if nothing works, don’t lose hope and give up. Don’t be afraid to explore part-time jobs, or perhaps start a business. Maybe your calling is different, and you’re meant for something greater.

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