The 2019 Myanmar Salary Guide for Entry-Level Graduates

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In early June, Myanmar’s Ministry of Education released official results for the annual matriculation exam. If you are one of the over 850,000 high school students that participated, then you are probably thinking about which universities to apply to, as well as potential career paths to pursue. There are plenty of websites, articles, and Myanmar salary guides you will come across on the Internet while researching your next steps, many of which may offer insights about fields or courses to select for university.

To save you some time and hassle, we have provided valuable information on the Myanmar salary guide, as well as some of the biggest employers across various industries. Information on salary figures below was aggregated from those of real working people across the country in the corresponding fields. However, do keep in mind that actual values may vary depending on the individual company and its location.

Related: The 2018 Malaysia Salary Guide for Entry-Level Graduates

 

1. ICT Industry

Since 2009, subscribers to mobile services have increased from 500,000 to 27.5 million and smart phone market penetration is at an all time high of 75%. With the Information Communications Technology sector projected to build on its momentum, businesses are banking on digital innovation to sustain Myanmar’s unprecedented economic growth. At such rapid rates of development, you can expect high industry demand for fresh graduates.

Average salary: MMK300,000

Educational background to work in the industry:

  • Information Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Computer engineering

Prospective employers:

  • Telenor
  • MPT
  • Huawei Myanmar

 

2. Banking, Finance & Accounting Services Industry

According to McKinsey Global, Myanmar’s economy is expected to expand four-fold by GDP to USD200 billion by 2030, making it one of the few countries in the world left with such a huge investment potential. As the government loosens restrictions on foreign banks and larger segements of the population open bank accounts, the financial services industry will see exponential growth in the next few years.

Average salary: MMK300,000

Educational background to work in the industry:

  • Banking
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Business administration
  • Business management

Prospective employers:

  • KBZ Bank
  • AYA Bank

 

3. Tourism & Hospitality Industry

The tourism industry is a designated priority sector in Myanmar’s 2015 five-year National Export Strategy plan and shows signs of being a promising driver of economic growth. According to World Travel and Tourism Council forecasts, the sector has the potential to create 1.3 million job opportunities and reach 7 percent of GDP contributions by 2027.

Average salary: MMK280,000

Educational background to work in the industry:

  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Culinary Arts
  • Food and Beverage

Prospective employers:

  • Hilton Hotels
  • Myanmar National Airlines (MNA)

 

4. Engineering & Construction Industry

The industry has witnessed a remarkable growth due to foreign direct investment (FDI) flowing into Myanmar in recent years—the construction industry alone is now worth around USD5 billion. FDI projections this year have amounted to USD5.8 billion, up 35% from 2017, which means that an influx of foreign businesses coming into Myanmar, will help to bolster industrial growth.

Average salary: MMK400,000

Educational background to work in the industry:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Prospective employers:

  • General Electric (EC)
  • PTTEP International Co. Ltd
  • Penta-Ocean Construction Co. Ltd

 

5. Agriculture Industry

Over 70 percent of Myanmar’s population of 51 million live in rural areas and look to agriculture for their livelihoods; its importance reinforced by the fact that the sector employs 53 percent of the labour force. However, it is facing obstacles to growth such as low crop productivity. Despite its challenges, agriculture will continue to serve as the backbone of the country’s economy, because opportunities for skilled jobs are expected to increase as companies look to hire qualified graduates in order to sustain the industry’s future.

Average salary: MMK300,000

Educational background to work in the industry:

  • Agronomy
  • Plant Breeding Physiology and Ecology
  • Soil and Water Science
  • Plant Pathology
  • Agricultural Entomology
  • Horticulture and Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Agricultural Business Management

Prospective employers:

  • East West Seed
  • Proximity Design
  • Myanma Awba

 

6. Education Industry

With 3.5 million illiterate adults and 2.7 million children under 15 years old not enrolled in school, government reforms have spurred the creation of more public and private schools. As both the government and international organisations look to bridge gaps in the education system, such as building more than 7,000 new schools in the last decade, market demand for teachers and educators will only continue to increase in the near future.

Average salary:  MMK300,000

Educational background to work in the industry:

  • Bachelor degree in relevant subject areas
  • Early childhood education
  • Bachelor degree in languages such as English, Chinese, Spanish and French

Prospective employers:

  • NELC
  • ILBC
  • Than Lwin Education Centres

 

7. Healthcare Industry

Compared with Southeast Asian countries, government spending on the healthcare sector is still relatively low, as it struggles with reducing the current doctor to patient ratio of 1 doctor for every 5,000 people. However, the government is committed to closing the gap with its ASEAN neighbours by increasing budget allocations from 3.65 to 4.5 percent and lowering restrictions regarding foreign investment.

Average salary: MMK300,000

Educational background to work in the industry:

  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Nursing

Prospective employers:

  • DKSH Myanmar
  • AA Medical Products Co., Ltd
  • Mega Lifesciences Ltd.

 

8. Sales & Marketing Industry

The Sales and Marketing Industry is essential to every successful business and is one of the most profitable ventures in the world. Last year, the government amended retail and trade regulations to allow foreign retailers and distributors to deal with all domestic products and imported commodities to increase the retail industry’s 18% contribution to the GDP. Coupled with investors seeking to expand retail activity in secondary cities outside of Yangon, such as Mandalay and Magway, businesses’ demands for employees in the Sales and Marketing sector will set to increase.

Average salary: MMK300,000

Educational background to work in the industry:

  • Business administration
  • Business management
  • Digital marketing

Prospective employers:

  • Today Ogilvy Myanmar
  • Mango Media
  • Amara

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