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Career Advice

Highest Paying Jobs in Malaysia According to Level in 2017

Published by Afterschool.my on Mar 22, 2018, 08:36 am

With times changing so quickly and technology advancing to great heights, choosing a career path can be quite a nerve-wracking ordeal. Getting into university and deciding on a course is one thing, but to think about what you want to do for possibly the rest of your life—that’s something else entirely.

Although your mind may wander through all the different aspects to consider about a particular job, the one thing you’ll definitely want to prioritise is the salary. With so many new jobs being created today, it’s not as easy to pinpoint just one perfect job that will bring the highest income.

However, fret not! The folks at iMoney.my have compiled a list based on the 2017 Salary Report released by Jobstreet, which outlines the roles and industries that pay the highest according to their job level. This can perhaps give you a rough idea about the career path you may have in mind.


Fresh Graduate / Entry Level

1. Construction Engineer

Industry: Engineering

Minimum Qualification: Bachelor of Civil Engineering

Salary Range: From RM5,500

Related Jobs: Civil Engineer, Architectural Engineer, Building Engineer


2. Hotel / Restaurant Consulting

Industry: Hospitality Management

Minimum Qualification: Bachelor’s degree or diploma in Hospitality Management or Business Administration

Salary Range: RM5,100

Related Jobs: Risk Manager, Strategy Director


3. Software Developer

Industry: Computer, Information Technology (IT)

Minimum Qualification: Bachelor of Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Software Engineering

Salary Range: From RM4,600

Related Jobs: Computer Programmer, Software Analyst


Junior Executive Level

1. Digital Banking Associate

Industry: Banking, Financial Services

Minimum Qualification: Bachelor of Computer Science, Information System or Accounting

Salary Range: From RM6,500


2. Nurse Practitioner

Industry: Healthcare

Minimum Qualification: Master of Science in Nursing

Salary Range: From RM5,900

Related Jobs: Nurse Anaesthetist, Registered Nurse, Physical Therapist


3. Industrial Chemist

Industry: Chemistry

Minimum Qualification: Bachelor of Science or Master of Science in Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Nanotechnology

Salary Range: From RM5,100

Related Jobs: Production Chemist, Chemical Engineer


Senior Executive Level

1. Petroleum Engineer

Industry: Oil and Gas

Minimum Qualification: Bachelor of Science or Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Chemical Engineering with Oil and Gas

Salary Range: From RM28,000

Related Jobs: Geophysicist, Geoscientist, Chemical Engineer


2. Physician

Industry: Healthcare

Minimum Qualification: Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Salary Range: From RM15,000

Related Jobs: Surgeon, Paediatrician, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (OB/GYN)


3. Consulting Engineer

Industry: Engineering

Minimum Qualification: Master’s degree in any of the Engineering specialties

Salary Range: From RM11,000

Related Jobs: Validation Engineer, Technical Sales Engineer

Though this is by no means an exhaustive list, it does give you a sense of ‘what’s what’ in the job market today based on level. Knowing the patterns of the top industries in Malaysia is beneficial for fresh graduates today, as the list is ever-changing.

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