Is computer science marketable in Kenya?


It’s always important to know whether a course is marketable or not before pursuing it, especially in Kenya. Computer Science is one of the degree courses offered in our Kenyan Universities, it produces graduates annually. Thousands of Kenyans are interested in pursuing the program but there are facts they want to know before enrolling for it. Well, research shows that 99% of Computer Science graduates secure employment during their first three years of graduation, implying that the course is marketable.

Currently, programmers and software developers are hot cake in the job market as companies seek to adopt technology. Computer Scientists have specialized on software development and programing, which are skills in high demand in Kenya.

In future, skills related to Computer Science will be in high demand because every company will adopt to technology to make their work efficient. Technology also reduces operational costs in companies.

After graduating from college, you will not stay jobless for long as long as you passed your university exam. What is needed of you is to score at least Second Upper Division in your undergraduate studies. Scoring Second Lower may not go well for you in the job market.

With a computer Science degree you will work for the following companies:

  1. Google
  2. Safaricom
  3. Airtel
  4. Facebook
  5. IBM
  6. Audit firms
  7. Ministry of ICT
  8. Communication Authority of Kenya
  9. Microsoft
  10. Samsung
  11. Apple
  12. Banks
  13. Universities
  14. Hospitals
  15. Insurance companies
  16. NGO/UN
  17. Government parastatals
  18. KDF

Almost every sector requires a Computer Scientist.

In order to be more competitive in the job market, you should pursue professional courses related to Computer Science. Below is a list of some of the best courses:

  1. Programming Languages
  2. Data Structure & Algorithms
  3. Computer Architecture
  4. Operating Systems
  5. Database Management
  6. Computer Networks

The starting salary of a Computer Science graduate in Kenya is Ksh 120,000 to Ksh 150,000.Audit firms pay graduate trainees Ksh 80,000 to Ksh 120,000.One you accumulate over 3 years of working experience, your monthly salary won’t be less than Ksh200k.

Even if you don’t get employed, you can employ yourself. Create Apps for companies, develop software, do computer and mobile phone repairs etc.You can also become a consultant for companies.

Computer Science has plenty of opportunities in Kenya.

Below is a list offering Computer Science degree course in Kenya

  1. University of Nairobi
  2. Kenyatta University
  3. Jomo Kenyatta University Of Agriculture And Technology
  4. Multimedia University of Kenya
  5. Maseno University
  6. Moi University
  7. Egerton University
  8. Strathmore University
  9. Murang’a University of Technology
  10. Technical University of Mombasa
  11. Kabarak University
  12. Kisii University
  13. Chuka University
  14. Riara University
  15. Machakos University
  16. Daystar University
  17. Umma University
  18. Maasai Mara University
  19. University of Eldoret
  20. Pwani University College
  22. Kibabii University


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