Joining the workforce for the first time might raise uncertainties for you, especially in demanding the right salary for your qualifications.
To save you the unnecessary trouble, we have specially curated a list of the top 10 paying jobs for fresh graduates in Malaysia comprising of different working sectors based on Kelly Services Salary Guide and 2019 Salary Benchmark Guide Michael Page Malaysia.
1. Civil Engineer (Starting Salary: RM3,500 - 6,000)
Even with low job demands calling for civil engineers in the Jobstreet market, fresh grads can still venture into this area. The building and construction sector still offers some of the highest paying jobs to fresh grads entering this job scope.
It is expected that between the year 2018 and 2022, the industry will continue to expand with the support of the government’s continuous effort.
Related: Study Civil Engineering
2. Doctors (RM3,000 - 5,590)
According to a report by Frost & Sullivan in March 2018, by 2020, Malaysia’s total healthcare industry will gain profit as much as RM80 billion from its RM52 billion feat towards the end of 2017. An escalating shift in demography, a maturing in the ageing population, and lifestyle diseases are to be credited.
For fresh grads, this is good news as more job openings are made available to fulfil the demands of the industry.
Related: Study Medicine
3. Computer and Software Specialists (RM4,500 - 6,300)
Over the years, Malaysia has moved towards a highly sophisticated digital era where opportunities for online businesses that promise lucrative returns and career development has multiplied.
A need to engage with more consumers and building a business’s presence online require more expertise in the area of information security specialists, website developers, computer programmers, website admins, and many more.
4. Accountants & Account Analysts (RM3,500 - 6,500)
Graduates who are interested in building their career in the accounting and banking industry such as an accountant, account analyst or others, are in luck as demands for more qualified professionals are growing and is predicted to increase multifold in the next 5 years.
According to Malaysia’s latest salary trend in 2018, the accounting sector and a few other highly-niche occupation sectors are expected to see a salary increment by 20%, thus, promoting an inviting job prospects for fresh grads.
Related: Study Accounting & Finance
5. Business Consultant/Management Analyst (RM2,500 - 4,000)
According to a report by Robert Walters 2018 Salary Survey Guide, employees in the sales and marketing sector such as business consultants who work in business-to-customer areas stay in high demand in the industry.
Furthermore, it also predicted that the following years will witness a salary increment between 15-20% with growing business activities in the country. As business consultants or management analysts, you possess a specific specialisation in business management such as in the healthcare or human resources sector.
Related: Study Business & Management
6. Editor (RM2,500 - 3,000)
You can typically work anywhere and in almost any industry as an editor. Some editors can opt to work in the media sectors such as in film, broadcasting and news production, whereas many others work with written content through making adjustments or editing work prepared by staff or freelance writers.
Fresh grads who are aiming for this job role can be valuable in bridging businesses to their target market and creating meaningful connections with other organisations and consumers.
Related: Study Mass Communication & Media
7. Logistics and Distribution Executive (RM2,000 - 3,500)
According to Robert Walters 2018 Salary Survey Guide, job positions such as logistics managers and others have seen a growth in its expansion of functions and work which thus creates more demands for financial talent.
For fresh grads, this is a welcoming opportunity to build their career as the service sector is an evergreen industry, especially with the emphasis of technology in the economy.
8. Education Consultant (RM2,000 - 5,000)
As an education consultant, you will be in charge of planning and counselling students who wish to gain advice on furthering their post-school education in pre-university, tertiary or post-graduate levels.
To be a reliable and efficient consultant, you need to develop your knowledge of current information regarding institutions, requirements, and financial aid opportunities for students.
Related: Study Education and Teaching
9. Human Resources Executive (RM3,000 - 4,000)
Being a human resources executive, you will be responsible for a few key roles: conduct interviews with candidates and recruit new employees, maintain HR records (employees’ compensation, health and medical insurances, etc.), train new and present employees, record and maintain employee attendance and punctuality, and many more.
Related: Study Human Resource Management
10. Hotel Management Executive (RM2,000 - 4,500)
Hotel management tasks vary depending on the size of the establishment as well as the number of customers s/he has to communicate with. You'd also be tasked with coordinating and administrating hotel services.
In Malaysia, there has been an upsurge of growth in the tourism industry that has resulted in an increase of hotel projects in the market.
Take some time to think through your plans for your career development. These are just some of the jobs that are highly in demand in the Malaysian market you can consider. The most important thing is that your choice is made based on your interests and preferences in a working environment.
Not only that, choose a job position that you can envision in building your knowledge and technical skills, and most importantly, a job you know you can build to love.
Related: Study Hotel Management & Hospitality