Sitting at home worried about how you can not get a job in Kenya without a degree? Well, it’s time you should evaluate your thoughts again since there are many good-paying jobs in Kenya demanding your expertise. Most of the jobs that you are going to see on this list just require your basic skills, dedication, consistency, and high school education.
Without further ado, here are the 10 best jobs you can get in Kenya without a degree.
1. Cab Driver – Uber, Bolt etc
Cab drivers make up to Ksh 25,000 a week. A good amount, right? All you need to become a cab driver in Kenya is a driving license. Good communication skills will also come in handy to help you converse with your client. Take a look at some of the qualifications you must meet in order to become an Uber or Bolt driver in Kenya below.
2. Real Estate agent
I have interacted with many hundreds of real estate agents in Kenya and surprisingly most of them don’t have a college degree in the field. All you need to have is good communication skills and knowledge of the current market; its trend etc. Basic Maths will also come in handy for this job. Remember that your basic work will be acting as a broker i.e you enquire for vacant houses to let or sell and connect your clients to the owners.
3. Tour Guide
One can become a tour manager without a degree in Kenya. Yes! That is possible with experience in handling group travel in any travel agency. One must gain knowledge of various destinations and practical difficulties in handling group travel.
There are few travel agencies who employ people and send them on tours as guides. I have witnessed tour managers travel around the world and earn a decent living from it.
4. Insurance Agent
You can definitely make a lot of money from being an insurance agent in Kenya. And by “make money” I mean over six figures. In this job, you will be selling insurance policies to people and companies in Kenya. All you need is to have good communication skills and proper knowledge of the Insurance products. Working hard will be a plus for you.
Serious bloggers in Kenya are making a lot of money up to 300K per month without a degree. So below, I’m going to outline how to get started and set up your own blog. There are five main steps you need to go through in order to set up a blog. If you follow this guide and the five steps, you’ll have your own blog set up in 5 minutes or less. It’s nowhere near as difficult as setting up a website from scratch (there’s very little technical ability needed here). In fact, there’s no coding required by you. Good news, right?
- Choose your preferred blog platform ( I recommend WordPress )
- Choose a web hosting for your blog ( I recommend WPX or Kinsta )
- Setting up a blog on your own domain
- Designing your blog. (Find a light and mobile-friendly theme). I recommend GeneratePress or Astra.
- Useful resources for blogging ( Here, you will install useful plugins such as SEOPress, Sassy Social Share, WP Rocket, Perfmatters, Contact form plugin ( I use WPForms Lite), Google XML Sitemaps, Classic Editor, and Google analytics.
After setting up your blog now follow these steps to become a professional blogger ( By a professional blogger, I mean you are going to get enough money to earn a living from your blog)
- Get a niche; Decide what you are going to write about; are you are going to be a lifestyle blogger, gossip blogger, travel blogger or technology blogger?
- Write one post every day. To start getting some visitors to your website, you have to produce quality content regularly. Writing one unique and quality post to get your blog indexed on Google quickly ( Talking about getting Indexed, remember to add your website to Google Search Console)
- Share ..Share…Share! After you have published your content, remember to share it on social media for the sake of building an audience and traffic. Social media is a good way to generate traffic to your blog before you start to get organic traffic.
- Don’t give up even if you don’t have the results you want. Getting traffic on a blog is very hard and will take time. The difference between a successful blogger and others is that the first one didn’t give up and continued to produce quality content regularly. 99% of successful bloggers started like you, in fact with an empty Free WordPress blog.
- After doing 40 original posts with a minimum of 300 words you can now comfortably apply for Google Adsense and start earning money from your site.
- Start Writing sponsored posts. Once your blog is well indexed in Google, you will have visitors, and hopefully regular visitors. You can now start sending messages to some local brands in your niche to ask if they want to appear on your blog. It is good to note that you will also start receiving sponsored posts requests once your blog has a good Domain Authority and Page Authority. So, just be consistent in posting high-quality content and the backlinks will come (: Publishing sponsored content is a good way to make money from your blog.
At this point, you should start generating money from your blog, and you are – in my opinion – a professional blogger (:
If you want us to do the set-up for you for an affordable fee you can contact me.
6. Social Media Manager
Ten years ago, the role of a social media manager might not have even existed in Kenya. Today, almost every company is involved in social media one way or another. Be it hospitality, education, fashion, politics, real estate, travel, retail, E-Commerce, or any startup, everyone needs a strong digital presence. Whether it’s done via storytelling, interactive campaigns, or other methods of brand building, it’s crucial to have a social media manager to build your digital brand and manage its image. To be a good social media manager you must be creative, have good grammar, and be ready to adapt to new trends.
Things that you should be ready to learn as a social media manager.
- Copywriting – This is the most important skill of every social media manager, you should know how to write short copies that can grab your audience’s attention easily. Google Chrome extensions such as Grammarly will help you a lot here.
- How to use Analytics – This will help you in writing your monthly reports to make sure you’re on the right track. It will also help you know which posts have been performing well.
- Writing your social media strategy – This will help you to know the best time to post, run a campaign and keep eye on your key competitors.
In Kenya, the average salary of a social media manager is Ksh 50,000.
7. Digital Marketer
Digital marketing is one of the most sought-after skills in Kenya at the moment. Some of the best digital marketers I have worked with have been self-taught and don’t have a degree. The nature of this requires constant learning and a desire to push boundaries are far more important than formal qualifications. However, interacting with friends who have been in the field for a while and getting the certifications below will be of much importance. Having a good online presence on various social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will come in handy.
1. Google Certifications –
2. Facebook Blueprint –
3. Hubspot Certifications –
4. Linkedin Learning –
With the above certifications, you will get not less than 100k per month in Kenya.
Check out some of the best digital marketing agencies in Kenya here.
8. Graphics Designer
There are so many people in Kenya without a degree in graphic design who have managed to make it big. This job requires your passion, creativity, and professionalism in order to become a highly demanded graphics designer. You will need to learn how to use the software I have mentioned below in order to become a pro.
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe InDesign
You can learn how to use them within a month and be good to go! Another important thing, you will have to keep learning new things in this field. You should work hard on your skills. There is a lot of competition in graphics design. Lastly, don’t allow to be USED for the sake of EXPOSURE, many people and corporates are notorious with that statement in Kenya, exposure won’t pay your bills.
9. Web Developer
This is one of the highest paying jobs in Kenya at the moment that doesn’t require a bachelor’s degree. The special thing about web development is that all the learning material you will need are readily available for FREE online. You can also opt to go for a coding boot camp for a few months rather than college for years.
When it comes to getting a job as a web developer, the most important thing that will save you is your portfolio i.e the open source projects you contributed to, your GitHub account, and well-designed personal projects you have built.
My advice for those planning to enter into this field.
- Don’t spend too much time learning (online, books…etc) without building things, programming is a craft, it takes practice, many hours of practice to be the best. In this process let sites like Google, Youtube, StackOverflow, and Quora become your friend.
- Get a Github account, contribute to some open-source projects, or open-source some of your own works. The Github portfolio is pretty much important than a programmer’s resume today.
- Meet other programmers. Web development is a collaborative effort, you need to learn how to work alongside others to deliver codes, and you’ll be amazed how much you can learn from others.
- Lastly…Be prepared to show off your skills rather than presenting a piece of paper.
Below are some sites that will help you to learn Programming from basics.
- MIT OpenCourseWare
- Free Code Camp
- Khan Academy
This is one of the best if not the best-paying careers in Kenya. If you have tried all the options above and have proved to be unfruitful, you can alternatively venture into politics and vie for an MCA or MP seat. Here, you will comfortably earn good money after winning. If you are a populist, the better! Below are MCA and MP salaries in Kenya.