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Occupations in South Africa in High Demand


Occupations in South Africa in High Demand

(c) Maridav

(c) Maridav

The Department of Higher Education and Training has rewritten its long list of the occupations in high demand by employers nationally: the people they need to fill crucial jobs.The List of Occupations in High Demand: 2014” was released by the department in November.

These are the occupations which have been identified as “vitally needed and/or as a ‘scarce skill’ for socio-economic growth and development of the country”, said the department. These are the occupations “confirmed as being in high demand, based on information provided by interested parties through a public comment process”.

The list was compiled after the government issued the “National Scarce Skills: Top 100 Occupations in Demand List” in May last year; the new list revises the May list.The public comment process included getting input from employer associations, academic institutions, government departments, sector education and training authorities, and individuals.

Occupations with professional designations such as engineers, quantity surveyors, doctors and teachers were allocated a higher score due to the high demand for such occupations globally, said the department. Some of the occupations listed refer to clusters of occupations rather than the actual occupation.

The department said the occupations listed were not ranked relative to each other. 

“There may be occupations not mentioned in this document that may be in high demand at provincial, local or sectoral levels. If an occupation is not included in this list, it should not be assumed that there is no need for such occupations in the economy,” said the department. The list is expected to be updated again this year.

The full list is available online at in Government Gazette number 38174.

Your country needs you:

  • Medical doctors
  • Physical and engineering science technicians
  • Manufacturing managers
  • Physicists and astronomers
  • Meteorologists
  • Industrial and production engineers
  • Environmental engineers
  • Telecommunications engineers
  • Landscape architects
  • Nursing professionals
  • Dietitians and nutritionists
  • Audiologists and speech therapists
  • Vocational or further education teachers
  • Accountants
  • Software developers
  • Ships’ deck officers and pilots
  • Medical imaging and therapeutic equipment technicians
  • Clearing and forwarding agents
  • Steam engine and boiler operators
  • Earthmoving and related plant operators
  • Local authority managers
  • Finance managers
  • Personnel and human resource managers
  • Health and safety managers
  • Corporate general managers
  • Programme or project managers
  • Quality systems managers
  • Sales and marketing managers
  • Research and development managers
  • Construction project managers
  • Supply and distribution managers
  • Logistics
  • Chief information officers
  • ICT project managers
  • Medical superintendents and public health managers
  • Environmental managers
  • Production and operations managers
  • Retail managers (general)
  • Geologists
  • Geophysicists
  • Materials scientists
  • Actuaries
  • Statisticians
  • Medical scientists
  • Agricultural scientists
  • Air pollution analysts
  • Water quality analysts
  • Production engineers
  • Civil engineers
  • Civil engineering technologists
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Mechanical engineering technologists
  • Marine engineers
  • Chemical engineers
  • Chemical engineering technologists
  • Mining engineers
  • Mining engineering technologists
  • Metallurgical engineers
  • Metallurgical engineering technologists
  • Petroleum engineers
  • Quantity surveyors
  • Agricultural engineers
  • Materials engineers
  • Materials engineering technologists
  • Electrical engineers
  • Electrical engineering technologists
  • Energy engineers
  • Energy engineering technologists
  • Electronics engineers
  • Electronics engineering technologists
  • Architects
  • Industrial designers
  • Urban and regional planners
  • Land surveyors
  • Public health physicians
  • Veterinarians
  • Hospital pharmacists
  • Industrial pharmacists
  • Retail pharmacists
  • SHEQ (safety, health, environment and quality) practitioners
  • Occupational therapists
  • University lecturers
  • Mathematics teachers (grades10-12)
  • Mathematics teachers (primary school)
  • Natural science teachers (grades 10-12)
  • Foundational phase school teachers
  • External auditors
  • Financial investment advisers
  • Company secretaries
  • Internal auditors
  • Career counsellors
  • Occupational instructors and trainers
  • ICT systems analysts
  • Computer network and systems engineers
  • Network analysts
  • Draughtspersons
  • Forestry technicians
  • Ships’ engineers
  • Valuers
  • Registered nurses (child and family health)
  • Retail buyers
  • Supply chain practitioners
  • Computer network technicians
  • Carpenters and joiners
  • Plumbers (general)
  • Air conditioning and mechanical services plumbers
  • Moulders
  • Pressure welders
  • Welders
  • Boiler makers
  • Metal fabricators
  • Riggers
  • Toolmakers
  • Fitters and turners
  • Automotive motor mechanics
  • Diesel mechanics
  • Industrial machinery mechanics
  • Electronic pre-press technical workers
  • Paper-sheet-fed offset lithography technicians
  • Metal-sheet-fed offset lithography technicians
  • Heatset rotary offset lithography technicians
  • Coldset rotary offset lithography technicians
  • Rotary printing and re-reeling flexographic machine technicians
  • Mechanised bookbinding technicians
  • Mechanised hard-cover bookbinding technicians
  • Electricians
  • Electrical installation inspectors
  • Millwrights
  • Mechatronics technicians
  • Electronic instrument trades workers
  • Automotive electricians
  • Melters
  • Packaging manufacturing machine minders
  • Plastic products machine operators

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