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In Demand Jobs in the Philippines and Abroad

Job seeking is becoming an increasingly competitive sport these days. With thousands of students graduating each year and limited number of job opportunities available to them, plenty of job seekers end up resorting to options they wouldn’t have had to choose if they had other alternatives.

However, while unemployment and underemployment in the Philippines is not a thing to be discounted, job seekers don’t necessarily have to become part of these statistics because there are plenty of jobs both here and abroad that are only waiting for interested candidates.

Below is a list of in-demand jobs and hard-to-fill occupations in key industries in the Philippines and overseas as compiled by the Department of Labor and Employment.


In-demand Jobs

  • Agribusiness

a. Animal Husbandry

b. Agricultural Economist

c. Aquaculturist

d. Coconut Farmer

e. Entomologist (Plant)

f. Farmer (Fruit, Vegetable and Root Crops)

g. Fisherman

h. Horticulturist

i. Plant Mechanic

j. Rice Tresher Operator-Mechanic

k. Veterinarian

l. Pathologist

  • Cyberservices

a. Call Center Agent

  • Health, Wellness and Medical Tourism

a. Nurse

b. Herbologist (also known as herbalist and pytotherapist)

c. Optician

d. Optometrist

  • Hotel and Restaurant

a. Front Office Agent/Attendant

b. Baker

c. Food Server and Handler

d. Food and Beverage Service Attendant

e. Waiter

f. Bartender

g. Room Attendant

h. Other Housekeeping Services

i. Reservations Officer and other Frontline Occupation

j. Tour Guides

  • Overseas Employment

a. Domestic Helpers and Related Workers

b. Production and Related Workers

c. Nurses (theatre, anaesthetic, critical care/ICU, pediatric, scrub, and cardiac)

d. Caregivers

e. Plumbers, Pipe-fitters, and Related Workers

f. Cooks and Related Workers

g. Wiremen, Electrical, and Related Workers

h. Welders, Flame-Cutters, and Related Workers

i. Laborers, General Workers, and Related Workers

j. Charworkers, Cleaners, and Related Workers

Emerging Industries

  • Creative Industries

a. Broadcast Engineer

b. Video Editor

c. Video Graphic Artist (Animators)

d. Visual Artist Designer

II. Diversified/Strategic Farming

  • Power and Utilities

a. Electrical Control Operator

b. Equipment Operator

c. Electrical Technician

d. Mechanic

  • Renewable Energy

a. Checker
b. Loader

Hard-to-fill Occcupations

  • Hotel and Restaurant

a. Commissary Cook

b. Pastry Cook

c. Hot-Kitchen Cook

d. Pantry Worker/ Cold-Kitchen

  • Mining

a. Mining Engineer

b. Geodetic Engineer

c. Metallurgical Engineer

d. Mining & Metallurgical Technician

  • Construction

a. Civil Engineer

b. Electrical Engineer

c. Design and Structural Engineer

d. Planning and Contract Engineer

  • Banking And Finance

a. Bookkeepers
b. Auditor
c. Cashier
d. Credit Card Analyst
e. Finance Analyst/Specialist
f. Accountant (Account Officer, Analyst)
g. Risk Management Officer/Manager

  • Manufacturing

a. Chemist

b. Electrical Engineer

c. Industrial Engineer

d. IT Specialist

e. Machinist

f. Mechanical Engineers

g. Chemical Engineer

Ownership Dwellings, Real/Retirement Estate

a. Civil Engineer

b. Mechanical Engineer

c. Surveyor

d. Architect

  • Transport and Logistics

a. Gantry Operator

b. Ground Engineer

c. Heavy Equipment Operator

d. Long Haul Driver

e. Pilot

f. Transport and Logistics Machinery Operator

g. Aircraft Mechanic and other related skills

Emerging Industries

  • Creative Industries

a. 3D modelers

b. 3D Artist

c. 3D Animators

d. Flash Animators

  • Power and Utilities

a. Mechanical Technician

The list of in-demand and hard-to-fill occupations is an excerpt from the findings of the latest labor market study of the Department of Labor and Employment under the PROJECT JOBSFIT: THE DOLE 2020 VISION.

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  1. Good Day i’m first year nursing student so far maganda naman yung course sa lyceum of the philippines pero pinapashift ako sa BSBA or business management iniisip ko kase kung itutuloy ko yung Nursing maganda naman kase diba may K-12 system tayo? edi 2 years walang new fresh grad. so i have a big chance na makapag abroad. eto po ang concern ko maganda bang ituloy ko pa o ishishift ko ng course na BSBA I hope you will help me for my concern THANK YOU have a good day 🙂

  2. good day!

    I’ll just going to ask something. Currently I’m a grade 10 student and our school is included in the k12 program. I’m worried about what will I’m going to take for college. My mom said I should take accountancy or engineering but for me I want to take Medtech or Psychology. I not that good in math but I can also accept my mom’s want for me. I don’t know what to do. Please give me an advice about this. Thank you 🙂

    • kung anong gusto mo yun ang sundin mo odikaya kauspn mo muna ung parents mo. kasi mahirap mag aral kung hndi mo naman gusto ung inaaral mo or ung ginagawa mo. Im a psych student. Onti lng naman ang math nya. Haha hindi dn ako magaling don. Basta sgurdhin mo na kung saan ka mag eenjoy at gusto mo dun ka maiintndhn yan ng magulang mo. 🙂 masaya maging psych promise ✋

  3. Bakit wala pong Electronics And Communication engineering sa list po? Wala po bang demand ang ECE sa pinas?
    Ano po ang mga trabaho o ginagawa ng mga ECE?

  4. Hello po! I am an Education graduate last April and I just want to ask if what related jobs I can forego with. am residing in Cebu right now. I am wishing on your positive response. thanks!

  5. hi po 1st year student po aq pero nag stop computer enginnering po course ko nag stop kc kulang sa financial dto po smin may nag aavail ng free tuition fee pag agriculture pero ang sb po ng pnxanq mag computer science n lng daw po ako anu po maipapayo nyo skin

  6. ang welding po b indemand khit saan? thankyou po

  7. Hi po!!! I’m 4th year student and starting to think of what course i’d like to study in college. But i’m struggling of choosing what will it be.. Here are my choices

    Information technology, engineering, marine transportation, and psychology.

    Your opinions are highly accepted..

    Thank you!!!

  8. Ask ko lng po ulet sa inyo tungkol pouki sa napili kong course kase between AB-MMA at BSCS ano po ba ang field ng AB-MMA trabahong Opisina po ba yan kase po gusto ko pong magtrabaho sa mga opisina sana masagot nyo po THANKS po 🙂

  9. Hello, tapos na ako ng two year course na computer technology, and I am currently working abroad a a office administrator in a construction firm, I want to leave my job and will study again and take a civil engineering course, is it ideal? I am 26 years old right now.. I want to take civil engineering by influence and experience..


    • Ahhmm Sir asko ko lng po kng anong school po ung pinasukan nyo tsaka kpag nagtake kayo ng course na yan madali lng po bng mgkawork abroad sana magreply po kayo thanks

  10. Hi po, i just want to ask something, well advice na din po. I ‘m currently a 1st yr college student. Occupational therapy is the program that I’m taking but i’m planning to shift. Psychology sana ang kukunin ko, pero nagdadalawang isip pa po ako kung i will shift sa psych because a lot of people told me that psych is not that good in the Philippines and abroad. Both OT and psych are connected into teaching special kids, i want to teach speacial kids in the future. Sana matulungan niyo po ako para maging clear din po sa akin. Thank you!

  11. Totoo po ba na ang MPC-INTERNATIONAL O MONTESSORI PROFESSIONAL COLLEGE ay magandang pasukan pra sa mga nangagarap mag abroad kng ihahabing ito sa UNIVERSITY OF BATANGAS? pasagot naman po

  12. my mom said ill take the BSBA major in Marketing but i am not interested. I just want to finish really my school

  13. Hi. Im a 4th year student and i cant decide. Im good in arts i can draw,i can sing but i dont know. i want to take archi before but i am not good in math. that is why i dont know what will I choose. please help me to decide what course. please

  14. Totoo po bang ang course na nursing ay always indemand sa abroad kahit dito kayo sa pilipinas nag-aral?

    • Hi, Aries!

      We don’t have any statistics at hand, so that will be difficult to answer for us. From what we’ve read on the news, changes in regulations have caused the demand for nurses to decrease in some countries and increase in others, so you can say that the trend fluctuates.

      From what little we know, qualifications gained in the Philippines are recognized in other countries in varying degrees, but they usually come hand in hand with additional trainings / certifications gained in the country where you intend to seek employment.

      That’s just from what we know, though, so it’s best if you’ll still ask around and conduct additional research for more accurate and detailed information.


  15. mahirap po ba ang entrance exams kapag kukuha ng AB Mass Communication?

    • Hi, Bianca!

      From what we know, most colleges / universities use the same entrance exam for all courses, so it’s neither particularly easy nor particularly difficult for students targeting a specific course (although we’re not sure if the same thing is true with state or private universities where there is very stiff competition for slots).

      That said, working on your English communication and comprehension skills wouldn’t hurt as English is almost always a part of every exam, not to mention that AB Mass Comm has plenty of Communication and English subjects.


  16. I am a 4th year student I just want to know waht is better and INDEMAND course in U.S and Canada this is my list CHOICES

    1st:Computer Science
    3d:Information Technology
    what is better in that three choices that always INDEMAND in U.S and Canada?

  17. Im a freshmen student right now taking Secondary Education major in English.Is this course in demand to work abroad this coming 2018?

  18. Hi po!I just want to ask po if ano po mas maganda ang secondary teacher major in math or accountancy ?

  19. Hai poh guz2 q lng po tanong kung anu poh mas demand na 2 year course electrician po ba or computer hardware servicing

  20. i hope special education will be in demand in abroad too.

  21. I’m an incoming freshman student and I decide to take electrical engineering.
    Is it a good choice?

  22. saan po sa marikina ang merong short time of schooling?meron pa po ba kayo nung 15 sunday’s na pasok for automotive 0r diesel mechanics po ang kung saan din po sa marikina ang merong course na plumbing or welder po or any short courses po…thank you po and God bless po

  23. Hi po. Matanong ko lang po. Ang BS in Architecture ba ay in-demand at saka pwede rin ho ba ito mag-apply as office staff na related yung grafting, sketch proposal etc. ? Nalilito na po ako kung ano kukunin ko, BS architecture ba o BS culinary arts. Ang hilig ko po kasi ay arts at pagluluto. Ang kaso lang, ang iniisip ko po kasi, after graduate eh hindi ako kagad makakuha ng trabaho. Tas narinig ko po sa iba na mas maganda daw po ang culinary kesa sa architecture.

    • Hi, Paulo!

      Yes, architects and chefs are both included in DOLE’s list of in-demand jobs.

      Yes, we believe that’s what architects usually do.

      Hmmm… based on DOLE’s list and from what we hear and read on the news, they seem to be both fairly in-demand although lately, cruise lines have been conducting frequent mass hiring to fill up vacant positions including those for chefs’.


  24. a friend told me that if you’ll finish a course in tesda, they will automatically give you a job, is it true?do you have an agency or something?

    • Hi, Monette!

      From what we know, TESDA sometimes work with private companies that hire graduates of specific TESDA courses after graduation. An example of this was when graduates of their landscaping course were hired by Nuvali after graduating. We’re not too sure if the same goes with other courses, though. It might be best if you’ll call TESDA so they can give you a more accurate and detailed reply.


  25. I am a graduate student of BS Computer Science, but I want to learn more about computer hardware and some programming language. Can I apply scholarship?

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  27. Im not good in math, but i really want to enter banking and finance, should i try? Or just pick course that fits to my ability?

  28. My husband want to take butcher course in tesda.. is it still in-demand in abroad? and where?

    • Hi, Jehaziel!

      Thanks for visiting our site.

      We’re not sure exactly how much demand there is for butchers abroad, but you could probably get an idea of the number of jobs available for butchers as well as the countries where they are usually needed by checking the job postings on this site:


  29. I plan to take BS Accountancy this year but I’ve found some articles telling that this course is hard and stressful.Can you give me a review about this course and its career outlook

  30. i study a tourism, but it’s not in demand so its hard to find a job

    • Hi, Jhayvee!

      Thanks for visiting our site.

      We understand your sentiment, but don’t lose hope. Employment trends change over time, though, so what may not be particularly in demand this year might become more in demand in the years to come. While you’re waiting for more favorable trends, you could also probably explore other potential or related careers by taking supplementary courses that can increase your marketability as a future job seeker.


  31. I’m an incoming freshman student and I decide to take computer engineering..Is it a good choice??

  32. What does hard to fill occupations mean? 🙂

    • Hi, Khim!

      Thanks for visiting our site.

      If occupations are hard to fill, it means there are a lot of companies/agencies looking for potential employees, but there are not enough qualified individuals who can do the job, so the companies have to compete to get the qualified individual. This is the opposite of the typical scenario where several applicants compete for one job.


    • hi i’m jenelou nahihirapn po akong magdecide ng course na kukunin ko pero sabi nila IT na lang daw ang kunin ko pero ang iniisip ko may makukuha kaya akong job agad pagkagraduate ko ano po bang pwedeng maging job mo if nakagraduate ka ng BSIT ?and at isa pa pong course na gusto ko is MASS COM paro sabi ng ate ko fluid english daw at mahirap ,hindi naman po ako magaling sa english grammar but i want that course . PAHELP NAMAN PO THANK YOU PO

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