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The Current Most Popular College Courses in the Philippines [2011-2020]


During certain points in the school year, it’s not surprising to see masses of seniors trooping to various university campuses for the purpose of taking their entrance exams.  After all, that’s a major step in being able to attend the college of their choice.

Picking a college to attend is only half of the decision, though.  The other half involves choosing an actual course to pursue.  With the myriad of choices available, how does one narrow things down to a more manageable list?

One strategy is to find out what most college courses people are into these days.  Don’t sweat it, as we’ve compiled a helpful little list for you.  Here they are, in no particular order.

Medical Courses:

The aging population of developed countries, medical tourism and the expansion plans of developing ones have given rise to the increase in demand of health care workers.  According to the Department of Labor and Employment, the manpower request for graduates of health related courses has been steadily increasing by 2.3% yearly.

Nursing: while there seems to be a temporary surplus of nurses in the country, it is expected that the demand for graduates of this course will continue to increase within the next 10 years.

The current top overseas destination of graduate nurses are Saudi Arabia, UAE, Singapore, Kuwait, United Kingdom, US, Qatar, Taiwan, Ireland and Trinidad and Tobago.

Specialized nurses [operating, ER, anesthetic, scrub, theatre, critical care/ICU, pediatric, cardiac, burn, pediatric, oncology, catheter, and trauma] will also be in demand in European countries like Belgium, Spain, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, and Denmark. Asian countries like Bruniei, Singapore, Taiwan, and Japan on the other hand will need Dental Nurses, Chief Nurses, Head Nurses and Nurse Managers.
Other medical workers like Doctors, midwives and Physical therapists will also be in demand in countries like Poland, Belgium, Germany and Singapore.  A more detailed list of countries needing such personnel are listed below:

Medical Doctors: Australia, Korea and Saudi Arabia
Pharmacist, Orthodontists, Pediatric Technologists: Saudi Arabia and USA
Medical Technologists: Saudi Arabia, USA and New Zealand
Physical/Occupational Therapists: USA
Speech Therapists: USA
Optometrists: Oman
Male Dieticians: KSA, Qatar and UAE
Dental Lab/Dental Assts: KSA, Qatar and UAE
Medical Technicians (Bio‐Medical, Anesthetics, Laboratory, Respiratory, Emergency, Medical Gas and Medical Records): Saudi Arabia and Qatar
Microbiologists: Saudi Arabia
Caregivers: Israel, Japan, UK, Switzerland, Taiwan Belgium, Libya Macau


The growing lack of skilled educators in developed countries has also sparked the rush towards education courses.  Specially needed are elementary, secondary, science, math, physical education and childcare teachers, professors and lecturers in KSA, Libya, Seychellles, Macau, US and South Korea.

Culinary Arts and Hotel & Restaurant Management:

The rise of tourism as part of the development plan of quite a number of countries here in Asia, the Middle East and some parts of Europe has also catalyzed the demand for Chefs, tour guides, hotel mangers and other tourism related workers.  Demand for skilled workers in this area has been increasing steadily by a factor of 3.5% yearly for the past 5 years garnering a total of 160,300 manpower requests from several countries.
Top destination countries of graduates of these courses are Libya, Kuwait, UAE, CNMI, Oman, KSA, UAE, Korea, Macau, Singapore and Romania.

Banking and Finance Courses:

The increasing inter-connectedness of the global economy as well as the growth of the global financial market has also increased the demand for graduates of banking and finance graduates.  Of special mention in this category are Accounting Clerks, Bookkeepers, Auditors, Cashiers, Credit Card Analysts, Finance Analyst/Specialists, Accountants (Account Officer, Analyst), and Risk Management Officers.  These workers are in demand in developing countries and financial centers such as Libya, Kuwait, Singapore and Switzerland.

Engineering Courses:

Projects regarding megacities construction in the middle east, plans to increase manufacturing capacity, and the rise of renewable energy have all resulted to the shortage of skilled engineers worldwide.  The last 5 years alone have seen 256,000 manpower requests from different countries.  The demand for engineering graduates has been steadily increasing by 2.5% yearly.
Engineering Graduates of the following fields are poised to take advantage of this global demand:

  1. Civil Engineering: Structural, Design, Safety, Planning and Contract
  2. Electrical Engineering: Manufacturing, Construction and Renewable energy
  3. Mechanical Engineering: manufacturing, real estate and renewable energy
  4. Mining Engineering: Mining
  5. Geodetic Engineering: Mining and real estate
  6. Metallurgical Engineering: Mining
  7. Chemical Engineering: Manufacturing
  8. Industrial Engineering: Manufacturing

Top Destination countries are Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Macau, Belgium, Germany, Norway and the USA.


A particularly interesting development in the most popular college courses based on global demand is in relation to cyberservices.  Demand for skilled workers in this industry has been increasing rapidly at about 6.4% yearly which is more than twice the other courses.  The last 5 years alone has seen more than 400,000 requests for manpower both locally and internationally.

In demand workers under this category are:

Creative Industries

  1. Broadcast Engineer
  2. Video Editor
  3. Video Graphic Artist (Animators)
  4. Visual Artist Designer
  5. 3D modelers
  6. 3D Artist
  7. 3D Animators
  8. Flash Animators
  9. Animation Artist
  10. Clean-Up Artist
  11. In-between Artist/In-betweener
  12. Clean-Up Art Checker
  13. In-between Checker
  14. Animation Checker
  15. Web Designer
  16. Multimedia Artist
  17. Library builder
  18. Layout artist
  19. 2D digital animator
  20. Graphic Assistants


  1. Java Programmers
  2. Oracle Developers
  3. Web Developers
  4. IT Programmers
  5. Software Development
  6. Computer Programmers
  7. Developer (Software, Web)
  8. IT/Information Technology (MIS Developer, Platform Engineer)
  9. Specialist (Learning Solution, System and Technical Support)
  10. Systems Analyst


  1. Accountant (Back Office Processing)
  2. HR Outsourcing Specialist (Back Office Processing)
  3. Call Center Agent
  4. Medical Transcription Editor
  5. Medical Transcription
  6. Financial Accountants
  7. Technical Support Engineers
  8. Autocad Operators
  9. Legal Researchers
  10. Legal Analysts

Top Destination Countries of the graduates of these courses are:  Saudi Arabia, UAE, India, Singapore, Australia and US.

It’s All Up to You

Hopefully, I’ve gotten the gears in your mind turning.  Now that you have a more manageable list to refer to, your next order of business is to reconcile your needs and wants with what the world needs and wants.

We’ll talk a little bit more about that in another article, though.  For now, keep in mind that this list will only applicable for so long.  The world and its preferences are constantly changing, and consequently, its most popular courses will change along with it.

Source: Project JobsFit of DOLE

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54 thoughts on “The Current Most Popular College Courses in the Philippines [2011-2020]

  1. I am a 4th year highschool student .. and I really really really want the course of nursing .. hindi lang naman dahil mataas ang sahod sa ibang bansa .. gusto ko rin po talaga matuto ng mga health care naguguluhan po ko .. hindi ko alam kung ito ba ang kukunin ko dahil narin sa gusto ko o ibang course nalang dahil hindi na po ito in demand .. kailangan ko po ng suggestions ..

  2. nu pu kyang mgandang course ? ala pu kc aqung maicip . nahihirapan pu q . tulungan nio nmn pu q ? :( nguguluhan tlaga pu q !

  3. i prefer physical therapy sana .. ok kaya yun ? medyo may doubt but i think kakayanin naman .. di ko na tuloy alam kukunin ko? occupational , nursing or physical therapy ? need some advice

  4. what do you call that course po na combination of IT and Business managemnt? i’d like to know please. thank you!

    • Hi Jomel,

      It depends on which is more to your taste. IT is more on infrastructure management, information storage, database administration and network administration. Computer Science, on the other hand, is more on programming and programming languages. You can learn more about these courses by looking around the net for each program’s course description. Good luck, and may the better course for you win. :)

  5. hello po…can you help me decide on what course i will going to shift?..hehe… I’m a BSA (Bachelor of Science in Accountacy) student po kasi.. pero gusto ko pong magshift ng ibang course ng napili ko po is BS Animation.. Ang sabi po kasi sa akin ng parents ko panget daw po iyon.. di daw po magkakapera don.. Maganda po ba ang Animation na course?? kung magkakatrabaho po ba kaagad don?? thanks po..

  6. ..3rd year civil engineering student poh kasi ako .. ask koh lang poh kung anu ang mas maraming job opportunity electrical engineer ba o civil engineer ..

    thank you !!

  7. anu pong tawag sa course na major sa fashion designing? pls do answer may question po. pls? I really need it! :( thankyou po! <3

    • Hi Mitzi,

      I visited Job Street and did a quick survey of the currently available jobs in the field of Design and Architecture and I found 1021 results. This indicates that yes, there are lots of job opportunities. Of course, the desirability of one job opportunity as compared to another is a matter of personal taste. :)

  8. Since when I was a kid I love to eat a delicious lots of foods…….My dream in my life is to became a professional Chef someday…..I’m only a high school students now and I would ask to the interest of everybody if the course HRM is just easy or easy to work on … can you help me as soon as posible specially when I reach college…..Thank you

    • I think you need to take up Culinary Arts..If you love eating probably you’ll be interested in cooking also,.love you passion,.try Culinary Arts..good luck!

    • actually this school year plang aq mag kacollege so , i cant say na experienced ako pagdating sa field ng course choosing, pero i did my own research , and i think nursing is really oversubscribed, you see , many nursing graduates ang jobless, oftentimes they end up going abroad or getting a job that is not related to nursing , this is just my opinion though.

  9. i am an engineering first year student and im not good enough in math. do you think it is better for me to shift in information technology? please help me.

    • Hi Jang,

      Much as we’d like to give you an answer, we can’t. We just don’t have enough insight into your situation. The best thing would be to ask your parents (even your college/department adviser) for advise. You can also consult with your college counselor.

    • Yes. It is better for you to shift from engineering to IT. Like me, I’m an IT student. IT is in demand both here in the Philippines and in abroad.

  10. oh no!! i am now already in highschool life…. and…. so complicated!!! i dont know what course i am going to take… give me some sudggestions…. :)
    what course?????

  11. hello po, Im in a hard descision making bout sa course ko im 23 and nag out of school youth po course ko before and next year mag bbalik ulit ako sa ko sya pero hindi ko sya love kc doble stress ata yon.pls tell me wat to do so that maka descide na ko para sa future career ko po.thanks.God bless.

  12. im shifter also and i take next 2sem the phychology bcoz my grade is high in phycho. what is the best way if i take this course or job oppurtunity for me …plzzz tell me im waiting…^_^

  13. anyone, could u please help me what course should I take? i’m now currently taking up BSHM yet, i’m still confused whether I should continue this or instead,jump into another course. This coming 2nd semester,I’m planning to transfer school.. 1month left in decision making.. help me please.. THANKS !

  14. I think Nursing is just a money business now for most school owner…Try to think of it,,,a lot of Nursing gaduates from my batch still in the Philippines no job…Yes is good to say that there’s a job market abroad but we need to realize that those employers need experience before they hire you…Competition is so tough there, some hospital are screening your score anf if you didn’t get 80 and above, you are screwed…THIS IS DESCRIMINATION. WHy our government alowing this???Any of the Government official answer this???Some of our countrymen are taking advantage of the situation and I FELT SORRY for all the parents who pawned or leased their property for their kids education…after they graduated some required training here and there which means another money and burden on the part of parents…I am sad cuz I’ve been in the US and even if I am here my son who is now a Philippine RN and US-RN i still in the Philippines working as a School Nurse…I can’t even take him here…Visa was approved but it will take years and years to be release because of backlog….My advise is..If you want to help your parents to return their investment right away is to get another course…Nursing is good profession but if you can’t find a job there’s no sense of getting it…Get another course. THANKS!

  15. Can you please give me the career opportunities of these three courses?
    *BACHELOR OF LAWS. thank you so much!! ♥

  16. Anyone please help me! I’m stuck in 3 courses!! I dont know what course should i take: BS Pharmacology, Bachelor of Laws, or AB international studies. Well, if you’re in my place what course will you chose and why?

    PS: Please don’t tell me that I should choose the course that i really like and what’s really inside my heart because that won’t help, I like that three courses.


  17. what are the career opportunities of financial management and entrepreneurial course?? and which is more in demand between them?? i’m so confused what course should i take, can you help me? please?

    • BS Stat graduates have lots of career options. They can work for insurance/underwriting companies. They can work with financial institutions (banks, credit card companies, etc). They can also work in the R&D (as well as market research) department of manufacturers; I know a BS Stat graduate who works for a multinational pharmaceutical company. Those who have “academic” leanings can work in the academe or lend their expertise to NGOs and research institutions (e.g. SWS, Pulse Asia). They can also work for independent market research firms – companies to which other companies outsource their market research functions. I believe the BPO industry also needs BS Stat graduates for their staffing calculations.

    • can you give me some advice because i”m a shifter from college of education major in English to college of health sciences
      please thank you””””’

    • In this coming school year 2011-2012 I am already in 4th year but I still dont know what course that I will choose after graduation. Give me some indemand courses

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