Highest paying jobs in Nigeria that don’t need a university degree (2024)

You didn’t have the opportunity to go to school? Or you are getting old and don’t want to spend so much time schooling? Maybe you couldn’t afford it. Do not worry, there are still some decent jobs that you can do to make good money. Jobs that will make you rich. In this article, we will look at the highest paying jobs in Nigeria that you don’t need a university degree.

Why is this important?

For those wondering why we have decided to compile a list of the highest paying jobs in Nigeria that don’t need a university degree, well, we have some reasons.

First, we are not trying by any means to discourage you from getting a degree. A degree is important and good. If you have the will and finance, please get a degree! It will help you in many ways, not just to get a job but to be better informed in your career choice.

But let’s be sincere. Not everyone can afford a university education. There are a lot of bright and intelligent people who for no fault of theirs, have been unable to pursue a degree.

Some have tried and tried to but given up. The economy of the country is very unfriendly to dreamers and we understand this

For these and other reasons, we have compiled this list of the highest paying jobs in Nigeria that don’t require a degree, so that anyone can pursue his or dreams. Become rich, very rich and help others.

Highest paying jobs in Nigeria that don’t need a university degree

Here are the highest paying jobs in Nigeria that do not require a university degree.

1. Software developer

A software developer also known as a programmer or a coder is someone who write codes for different kinds of computer needs. This is one of the highest paying jobs in the world. Anywhere in the world. Software developers are always in high demand. In this computer age, it is definitely one of the most important skills in the world!

In Nigeria and around Africa, Software developers are highly sought after. You can expert to make millions in Naira yearly as a software developer. Another good thing about a software developer is that they can work remotely. You can be in Nigeria and work for companies in USA, Europe and anywhere in the world.

You do not need a university degree to become a software developer. While going to a University to study can be a big advantage, you can also learn on your own. You can learn online and become a pro in 6 months or so. Or you can go to a training school in your neigbourhood that will take few months.

You can read more here: How to become a Software Developer

2. Real Estate broker

A Real Estate broker is someone who acts as a middle man between a buyer and seller of properties. Their goal is to help buyers find properties and help sellers find buyers. This is a very popular and high paying job that do not require a university degree.

You may have to study successful real estate brokers and learn their tricks. You can also read up and learn more about this job. With rising population and people constantly on the move, new building springing up everyday, real estate brokers are very much in demand.

You just have to get yourself acquainted with the property market. One commission from a major sale can make you a millionaire. You can partner with different companies or individuals to help them find buyers or sellers.

3. A Blogger

A blogger is someone who regularly shares information on a website. It is about opening a website(blog) on the internet and writing on a particular topic regularly. The popularity of the internet as made being a blogger one of the Highest paying jobs in Nigeria and around the world!

Bloggers make money even while they sleep. Because their work works for them even when they are away. It is one of the best paying jobs anywhere in the world. Anyone can become a blogger. You do not need a university degree! You can work from your home.

All you need is ability to read and write. And most importantly, the willingness to learn.

Learn how to create a blog here: How to create a blog in less than 20 minutes.

Learn how to become a successful blogger here: How to become a successful blogger and make money

4. Commercial pilot

Commercial pilot is someone who controls the flight of an aircraft. This is one of the coolest jobs in the world. It is also a very noble jobs that a lot of people aspire to become. You can make lots of money as a commercial pilot. I mean, making money flying from city to city and country to country.

You do not need to have a degree to become a commercial pilot. While a degree will not be a bad idea, it is not a requirement! But you will need to go to aviation school to learn how to become a pilot. After the aviation school, you will be given a certificate that will enable you fly. There are different levels of certification. This is one of the highest paying jobs in Nigeria that you can get without a degree.

5. Event planner

An event planner is someone who organizes and produce events such as wedding, conferences, parties, festivals and so on. This is a very lucrative career. Nigerians are generally people who love parties. Especially in major cities, event planners strive.

You do not need a degree to be an event planner. While a degree may help but you can become a successful event planner without a degree.

You can work and understudy a successful event planner. Read a lot and grow.

6. Farmer

A farmer is someone who engages in raising plant or animal for food or for economic purpose. This is one of the best and most important job in the world. Do you know why? People will always need food and farmers are the key! Farming (agriculture) is one of the oldest vocation in the world.

A farmer is as important as a doctor and police because they provide the food we eat. Without food, well, what else is there to keep us going?

You do not need to have a degree to be a farmer. Even before formal education, there were farmers. But you will need to learn and understand what farming is about. Find an area to specialize in.

Most of the richest men in the world today have farms and they employ farmers they pay handsomely. You can also work on your own or partner with someone. Farming is an evergreen profession. It never fades.

7. Salesman

A salesman is someone whose goal is selling product or services to someone. This is one of the most important jobs in the world for companies. When companies create product or services, they  need these products or services to get to the target market. That is where a salesman comes in.

Most of the billionaires in the world today are good salesmen. They started as one. You do not necessarily need a degree to work as a salesman.

You can work for companies or work more independently.

8. Movie actor

A movie actor is someone who performs in a play or film. This is one of the coolest jobs in the world. You not only get to be paid handsomely, you also get to be a star! This job gives you both fame and money.

You do not necessarily need a degree to become a movie star. A big example is Mercy Johnson, she is arguably the greatest ever Nigerian actress, she has no degree. You can become an actor no matter your age. It is never too late.

You do however need to be talented or work hard to build your skill as an actor. Read and learn from your favourite actors. This is one of the highest paying jobs in Nigeria that also gives you fame!

9. Musician

A musician is someone who sings, performs or compose music. A person who plays instrumental is also a musician. This is one job that brings you so much money at a go. Not just money, it gives you fame. You can make millions in a month if you are good at it.

You do not need a degree to be a musician but you do need to be talented. If you are not extremely talented you can work hard and learn. Develop yourself and become better every day.

I am sure we can all agree that this is one of the highest paying jobs in Nigeria!

10. Social media marketer

A social media marketer is someone who promotes goods and services online for clients. With the impact of social media, which has become a very big part of billions of people around the world, social media marketing has become a very lucrative profession. A lot of companies and businesses are looking to tap into social media to get more leads.

You don’t need to have a degree to work as a social media marketer. You do need to study and understand how social media works.

Read our guide: How to become a social media marketer


You do not need to give up because you do not have a degree. There are jobs you can do and earn even more than those with degrees. If you know of any such jobs or you have worked one, kindly drop in the comments. Let’s help people out there make money and take care of needs and family.

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Mfon Abel Ekene

Mfon Abel Ekene

Internet scientist and blog expert. Loves writing, researching and helping people reach their dreams. Speaker and authour.
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  1. Thank you very much for this article! I love this website. I almost cried reading this. So there is hope for me. At 35 still unable to get admission

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