The popular saying that what men can do women can do better may also apply in this context; that women can also partake in technical courses mostly reserved for men.
Nothing seems impossible to the fair gender in a world that has paved way for the women to study and climb the career ladder as men do.
Talking of technical courses, most ladies do not have the guts to study them because of their perceived complexity.
The truth of the matter is that ladies can also perform better and beyond expectations in technical courses if they put their fear behind them.
Ladies should bear in mind that graduating in a technical course can give them a competitive advantage over men in the job market because companies and organizations seek to meet balanced gender representation in the workplace.
Kenyan Universities offer a range of diploma and degree technical courses that ladies can pursue.
So, which are the best technical courses for ladies in Kenya;
1. Information Technology
Information technology may be one of the fastest-growing industries globally but has been underrepresented by women for many years.
However, ladies are taking a keen interest in computing courses like information technology.
There are several Kenyan universities where ladies can pursue this competitive course and help improve gender diversity in the workplace.
Top universities to study Information Technology include KCA University, University of Nairobi, Zetech University, Kenyatta University, Multimedia University, JKUAT, and more.
2. Building and Construction
The rate at which Kenyan Cities and Towns are shaping up in matters of construction has caused a demand for skilled building and construction taskforce.
We have seen men dominate this industry for quite some time but ladies have stopped watching from the sidelines and want peace of their cake too.
Ladies can undertake this course at Kenyatta University, Machakos University College, Meru National Polytechnic, Technical University of Kenya, and Mount Kenya University, among others.
3. Medicine and Dentistry
Gone are the days you could only find male doctors and dentists in hospitals.
Women have also rolled up their sleeves to venture into medicine and dentistry and they are doing a good job while at it.
The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council approve the following universities for this lucrative course; the University of Nairobi, Kisii University, JKUAT, Maseno University, Mount Kenya University, etc.
4. TV and Film Production
Another technical course that seems like it involves a lot of work that ladies can’t handle.
However, ladies with a passion for entertainment and creating content can pursue this course and earn a living doing something they love.
TV stations are increasing in number since digitization took over thus creating job opportunities.
Additionally, TV and Film production graduates can start their own production companies or create their content since we are living in the YouTube era.
Kenyan institutions offering this course include the Institute of Media and Technology, Multimedia University, Kenya Institute of Mass Communication, Mt. Kenya University, and others.
5. Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical engineering is a highly technical course that ladies require a lot of courage to undertake.
The course mainly revolves around designing, testing, diagnosing and maintaining machinery.
The course can be studied at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Technical University of Mombasa, Moi University, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, and more.
6. Computer Science
Computer science courses in high demand today because of the growing importance of technology in all aspects of today’s societies.
There’s need for skilled professionals who can design, develop, and maintain software, hardware, and networks.
The field has historically been dominated by men due to cultural and societal factors, such as gender stereotypes and a lack of representation of women in STEM fields.
But efforts are being made to increase diversity and inclusivity in computer science.
The best institutions to study computer science courses include the University of Nairobi, Strathmore University, African College of Aviation and Management, and Compuera College, Nairobi.
7. Software Engineering
There is increasing reliance on software and technology in almost all industries, creating the need for skilled professionals who can design, develop, and maintain software systems.
So, the fact that the field is still dominated by men because of historical biases, gender stereotypes, and cultural norms should not discourage women from pursuing a career in software engineering.
The best institutions to study Software engineering in Kenya include Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology, Multimedia University of Kenya, KCA University, and the Kenya Institute of Software Engineering and Professional Studies.
8. Accounting Courses
The high demand for accounting professionals in almost all sectors should be a good reason women should enroll in accounting courses.
Accounting is an essential function for any business, and trained accountants are needed to manage financial records, taxes, audits, and other financial activities.
Accounting is also quite stable and lucrative profession with opportunities for growth and advancement.
The best institutions where women can pursue accounting courses include KCA University, Strathmore University, Nairobi Institute of Business Studies, and Vision Institute of Professionals.
Another excellent technical that ladies should pursue in Kenya is architecture—and for many valid reasons:
First, architectural courses offer a wide range of career opportunities, including project management, interior design, urban planning, and landscape architecture among others. This means that you can easily find a niche that suits your interests and strengths.
Secondly, it’s a creative and intellectually stimulating field that offers opportunities for personal and professional growth. It involves designing structures that have a lasting impact on the built environment, and the work can be challenging and rewarding.
The best architecture schools in Kenya include the University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and technology, Kenyatta University, and Technical University of Mombasa.
10. Medical Laboratory Science
Medical laboratory science is critical to today’s healthcare system considering that nurses, physicians, doctors, and other healthcare professionals work hand-in-hand with laboratory professionals to discuss important laboratory data used in treating patients.
Blood, body, and tissue fluid tests require meticulous interpretation of laboratory results, functions that ladies outperform their male counterparts due to their unrivaled attention to detail, communication, and empathy among other attributes.
So, if you are looking to contribute to the advancement of medical research and diagnosis, this is the best technical course for ladies to pursue in Kenya right now.
The best Institutions to pursue medical laboratory courses include the University of Nairobi, Kenya Medical Training College, Kenyatta University, Maseno University, and Kenya Methodist University.
11. Electrical & Electronic Engineering
More women are pursuing Electrical and Electronic Engineering courses today because there is a growing demand for skilled engineers in various industries.
There are also more opportunities for career growth and advancement in the field. Plus, there is a greater awareness of the importance of diversity in the engineering field.
The best institutions to study Electrical and Electrical Engineering include the technical University of Kenya, the University of Nairobi, Railway Training Institute, and Kenya Power and Lighting Company Training School.
12. Monitoring and Evaluation
Women should also pursue a course in monitoring and evaluation to develop skills that are highly in demand in various sectors across the country, such as development, public policy, and project management among others.
Monitoring and evaluation skills can help women advance their careers, contribute to improving program effectiveness, and play a critical role in ensuring that resources are being used efficiently and effectively to achieve development goals.
The best institutions to study Monitoring and Evaluation courses include the University of Nairobi, Strathmore University, Kenyatta University, and the Kenya School of Government.
13. Radiology Technology
If statistics by the Bureau of Labor of Statistics is anything to go by, Radiology Technology is expected to grow by 7 percent between 2023 and 2029, which is a considerably faster growth rate than average.
This simply means that finding the perfect job if you pursue this course is going to simpler.
Plus, there are opportunities to further specialize later after you’ve gained some experience. For instance, you can specialize in CT, MRI or even nuclear medicine, all of which are excellent opportunities to quickly further your career.
The best institutions to study Radiology Technology include Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Thika School of Medical and Health Science (Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu branches), Aga Khan University, University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University.
14. Food Production
This is a no brainer: the food industry is always in demand, and the demand for skilled cooks and chefs is expected to increase in the coming years.
Pursuing a career in food production can provide ladies with job security and stability. They can also use the food production knowledge to cook the best and most delicious foods at home.
The best institutions to study food production include Kenya Utalii College, Top Chefs Culinary Institute, International Hotel and Tourism Industry, and Boma International Hospitality College.
15. Agriculture, Irrigation and Drainage Engineering
Finally, Agriculture, Irrigation, And Drainage Engineering is a field with high growth potential and diverse career opportunities.
For starters, the course cover things like irrigation phases, drainage engineering, hydrology and other related water management fields like water quality, watershed management, water quality, surface water, and weather modification among others.
By pursuing this course, you will access many well-paying jobs and build your career faster given that the profession is critical in shaping or determining future irrigation expectations in the country.
The best colleges to study Agriculture, Irrigation and Drainage Engineering include Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya Water Institute (KEWI), and Bukura Agricultural College.