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Top 10 Jobs in MENA for 2014

Posted by Reem Boudraa January 7, 2014 3 Comments

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Looking for a job in 2014? If you’re a financial analyst, project manager or petroleum engineer, there’s a good chance you’ll find the perfect job for you this year!

In fact, these three professions are among the best jobs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for 2014, according to the Top Industries in the MENA Survey 2013. Looking at the survey’s results, we can say that the lion’s share in the MENA naturally goes to the Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals sector which came out on top of other industries in terms of the salary packages it offers, the levels of work-life balance and job security it provides, and the opportunities for career growth given the current economic climate. MENA professionals also believe that it is the industry which has recorded the strongest growth in the past year.

These results strongly mirror those obtained from last month’s Career Aspirations in the MENA Survey 2013, where the Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals sector emerged as the most preferred sector amongst the GCC and North African respondents, at 13%.

Here they are, the top 10 jobs in MENA for 2014:

1. Project Manager

Project managers are responsible for managing all aspects of the project lifecycle. They usually have +3 years of experience in a related role, and hold an engineering or technical degree. Apply for jobs in project management now on

2. Civil Engineer

Civil engineers deal with the construction and design of highways, dams, buildings, tunnels, bridges, reservoirs and other similar facilities. Not only do they aid in designing but also take an active part in estimating, scheduling, planning and controlling costs, and selecting equipment that is to be used. Apply for jobs in civil engineering now on

3. Mechanical Engineer

A mechanical engineer designs, develops, and builds or tests mechanical devices. These are high-paying jobs. Not only that, but mechanical engineers are in high demand in the energy sector, too. Apply for jobs in mechanical engineering now on

4. Field Service Technician

With around-the-clock operations, oil and gas companies put a lot of pressure on the heavy machinery used to drill and complete wells. That has created a lot of opportunities for field-service technicians to come in to inspect, maintain, and repair these heavy machines. What’s great about this position is that these jobs typically don’t require experience to start as experience is typically gained through long-term on-the-job training. Further, these entry-level positions pay pretty with a solid outlook for future growth as demand is staying high, especially in the energy industry. Apply for jobs in field service engineering now on

5. Construction Manager

The demand on construction managers will increase in the coming years, especially in the GCC countries that will witness major global events, such as the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar and Expo 2020 in Dubai. Apply for jobs in construction management now on

6. QA/QC Engineer

The energy industry is under pressure from environmentalists, property owners, politicians, and shareholders to ensure no harm is caused by drilling activities. Quality assurance, quality control, and inspection personnel are one of the first lines of defense as these individuals in a sense “self-police” the drilling site, among other responsibilities, to ensure that the industry isn’t harming the Earth’s natural resources in the pursuit of oil and gas. Apply for jobs in quality control engineering now on

7. Petroleum Engineer

Petroleum engineers design and develop methods for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the earth’s surface. They study the physical aspects of the Earth. Petroleum engineering is a fast-growing field with a faster-than-average job growth. Positions in this field also pay very well, with the median pay of a petroleum engineer hitting AED 20,000 in the UAE. Apply for jobs in petroleum engineering on now.

8. Financial Analyst

Financial analysts assess the performance of stocks, bonds, and other types of investments. They are sought-after especially in the GCC region where they manage huge client portfolios, but also across the entire MENA region. Apply for jobs in financial analysis now on

9. Marketing Specialist/ Market Research Analyst

Marketing specialists study market conditions in local, regional, or national areas. Apply for jobs in marketing/market research now on

10. Software Developer

Simply put, software developers design computer programs. These include applications and systems software. With the internet, mobile and social media boom, the demand on software developers has skyrocketed. In fact, in this digital age those with a degree in Computer Science will have plenty of career opportunities in the MENA, and worldwide. Apply for jobs in software development now on

You can find vacancies for all these jobs and more on also helps you find and compare salaries in one click with Salaries. Good luck!

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About Reem Boudraa

Reem Boudraa

Reem oversees the content creation and strategy at She loves research and reading, and enjoys writing about business and innovation.

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  • KArim

    Always engineering is the number one profession. But you should take care of sales and research too. Without researchers and salesmen you will not collect money.

  • Ceasar

    Karim you are absolutely right.

  • Faizan Khalid

    So engineer your engineering career with the toppings of sales and research!

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