Highest Paying Jobs in the Philippines

Filipinos leave their native land in search for higher paying jobs abroad. But if homesickness is a personal weakness and flying offers great deal of distress and discomfort, with right qualifications and experience, one can still find high paying jobs in the Philippines.

Citing a study by the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), Labor secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz revealed that industries that offer relatively high salaries include aviation, mining and creative services.

This is good news to airline pilots, system analysts and statisticians, many of whom consider a career overseas would fetch a handsome paycheck.

Art Director (P69,286)

Art director is in charge of the overall visual appearance and how it communicates visually, stimulates moods, contrasts features, and psychologically appeals to a target audience. The art director makes decisions about visual elements used, what artistic style to use, and when to use motion.

In modern advertising field, the art director works in tandem with a copywriter and device a concept, also known as creative or “big idea”. In film industry, art directors work directly under production designers, works with set decorator and sets directions to set designers. In publishing, art directors work with editors to set concept for visual appearance and look and feel for sections and pages before publication.

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Geologist (P64,889)

Geologists are scientists who study the earth’s crust to obtain an accurate picture of its structure, history, and composition.

They are employed by companies, consultants and contractors working within the minerals extraction industry. They are responsible for identifying and assessing the location, quantity and quality of mineral deposits, ascertaining extraction risks, preparing reports and maps, analysing geological data using specialist computer applications and advising managerial, technical and engineering staff. Their work can be office based, although fieldwork is necessary to collect and test site/borehole samples.


Aircraft pilot (P57,789)

An airline pilot’s job description is to safely fly an airliner, but a pilot does much more than just fly. A typical day may start with the pilot using computer skills to check weather and flight plans. The captain has the overall responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of the aircraft including crew and passengers.

Pilots spend a considerable amount of time away from home because flights often involve overnight layovers. Those who fly international routes may experience jetlag. Many have variable schedules.


Mining Engineer (P55,638)

A mining engineer ensures the safe and economically sound development of mines and other surface and underground operations. The role combines an understanding of the effects of these structures on their surrounding environment, technical knowledge and management skills.

Mining engineers develop and design new mining equipment and make sure that the mining procedures used are safe and efficient. Increasingly, Mining Engineers focus their attention on creating mining equipment and techniques that are as friendly to the environment as possible.

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Computer programmer (P43,573)

Computer programmers convert project specifications and statements of problems and procedures to detailed logical flow charts for coding into computer language. Develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information. They may program web sites, in a field known as web development.

After gaining experience, a computer programmer may be promoted to a managerial position. One with business experience may become a programmer-analyst or systems analyst.

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Systems Analyst (P42,112)

Working closely with the client, system analysts examine existing business models and flows of data, discuss their findings with the client, and design an appropriate improved IT solution. They act as the liaison between the client and the developers.

System analysts possess expertise in a host of computer programming languages, operating systems, and computer hardware platforms. It is their job to translate the client’s request into working computer systems or process solutions. In this way, they are a kind of link between IT professionals and vendors.


Production supervisor / General foreman (P36,133)

Production supervisors are site managers that plan, direct and coordinate the production activities in the manufacturing industry. For successful production, supervisors must ensure product output and quality meet established goals while remaining on budget. Production supervisors may oversee production for an entire plant or just one area, depending on size.

A foreman may also be employed in production and manufacturing industries, road clean-up crews, mining or excavation companies and any other industry that requires job site organization and accountability.

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Actuarian (P35,480)

Actuaries evaluate, manage and advise on financial risks. They apply their knowledge of business and economics, together with their understanding of probability theory, statistics and investment theory, to provide strategic, commercial and financial advice. The core of actuarial work lies within pensions and insurance, where professionals are most likely to start off. Some actuaries may move on to investment banks at a later stage.

Actuarial work can be diverse and ranges from highly technical roles developing complex financial products in investment banks or pensions and insurance companies to consultancy roles for those seeking a client-facing career.

Actuaries may work for insurance companies, consulting firms, government, employee benefits departments of large corporations, hospitals, banks and investment firms, or, more generally, in businesses that need to manage financial risk.


Call center representative / Customer service associate (P35,424)

Call center representatives serve customers by determining requirements; answering inquiries; resolving problems; fulfilling requests; maintaining database.

The manager of a call centre (also called a contact centre) is responsible for the daily running and management of the centre through the effective use of resources. They have responsibility for meeting, and possibly setting, customer service targets as well as planning areas of improvement or development. Call centre managers ensure that calls are answered by staff within agreed time scales and in an appropriate manner.


Statistician (P35,010)

Statisticians are concerned with the collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of quantitative information. They work in a range of sectors including health, education, government, finance, the environment, transportation and market research.

Statisticians design and manage experiments and surveys, and deal with the initial collection of data. They process and analyse the data in context, looking for patterns to help make decisions. They advise on findings and recommend strategy.


Given the salaries indicated above, it must be understood that they are offered only as professionals attain competency through several years of experience at work. Starting offers may not be as generous but applicants must consider focusing on long-term gains as they forgo better wage offers in exchange of gaining experience and expertise.

Therefore, incoming university students need to be careful on choosing careers to pursue. This means taking high priority on employable and in-demand jobs locally or abroad, and not on seasonal or “fashionable” which, unfortunately, nursing and several other courses can now be categorized.

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