Banking and Finance Courses Leads to High-Paying Jobs - Baldoz
High school graduates going to college in SY 2012-2013 should take courses related to banking and finance because jobs in the banking and finance services sector are in-demand and pay high.
This is another advice from Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz who yesterday said that those who work in the banking and finance services sector earn as much as P15,000 to P40,000 per month.
"Salaries of banking and finance workers could even go up to P100,000 per month, especially for those with specialized skills," she said.
The labor and employment chief's advice is part of the DOLE's efforts at raising awareness on in-demand occupations in the next five to ten years and aimed at helping students and workers make wise career choices.
It is also part of the DOLE's strategy of delivering current and relevant labor market information to address job-skills mismatch, a phenomenon in today's Philippine labor market.
"High school and college graduates who wish to know more about in-demand and hard-to-fill jobs can browse the DOLE’s 101 Career Guide at www.ble.dole.gov.ph. The 101 Career Guide, which is updated every two years, is a list of careers that would be in-demand over the next 10 years in the country’s key employment generating sectors," Baldoz said.
In-demand and high-paying jobs in the banking and finance services sector include accountants, accounting clerks, bookkeepers, auditors, finance analysts, and risk management officers.
"The DOLE's study, JobsFit: DOLE 2020 Vision, show that these jobs are hard-to-fill because many applicants for these jobs do not have the critical skills that employers are looking for," she explained.
"Thus, those currently employed, but are contemplating a career shift to this sector, are also advised to acquire the necessary critical aptitude, numeracy, and other skills to enable them to transit to the sector," she said.
"Aside from a college degree in accountancy, banking and finance, or business management, graduates and those already working need strong math, analytical, and problem-solving skills to qualify for these occupations. Superior communication skills , both oral and written, are also an advantage," she added.
Baldoz further said that operation managers and bank tellers are in-demand occupations because these jobs have higher turnover and replacement rates but are essential to the operation of businesses in the banking and finance services sector.
“As the Philippine economy grows, the foreseen increase in the number of business establishments in the country will require more workers with skills to set up books, prepare taxes and payrolls, and provide financial analysis and advice,” said Baldoz.
Based on the 101 Career Guide, banking and finance courses cost between P20,000 to P45,000 per semester in a private institution while in a government-owned school, the tuition fee is only around P3,500 per semester.
Employees in the banking and industry with adequate academic preparation may assume the position of chief accountant, budget director, controller or chief financial officer. Those who excel in their jobs may move to executive positions in other fields of specialization such as management accounting or internal auditing, occupying top positions as Vice-President for Finance or as Corporation President.