The Department of Higher Education and Training has published a list of over 370 high-demand occupations in South Africa.
The list – which is reviewed every two years – highlights over 370 occupations that show relatively strong employment growth and/or are experiencing shortages in the labour market or which are expected to be in demand in future.
According to the department, there is a growing international need for education and training to be better coordinated with the needs of society and economy.
As such the list serves to identify high demand occupations at a national level to better assist universities and other post-school training programmes with the broader developmental objectives of the country.
It is also aimed at public and private employers who are ‘encouraged’ to use the list in the formulation of their own development and training programmes.
The department said that occupations were in high demand if:
- The show relatively strong employment or wage growth over the past five years.
- Are expected to show relatively strong employment growth in the future.
- Have been identified as being in shortage in the labour market
- Are new, and are expected to emerge in the near future as a result of innovation, technological advancements, the development of new industries, or the implementation of government strategic priorities.
The list of occupations were further divided into three levels of demand: highest demand, higher demand, and high demand – indicating which job shortages most urgently need to be addressed.
Below BusinessTech looked at some of the occupations in ‘highest demand’. You can find the full list of occupations embedded in the document below.
|Advocate||Civil Engineer||Geomatician||Mining Engineer|
|Aeronautical Engineering Technician||Director of Marketing||ICT Communications Assistant||Payroll Manager|
|Agricultural Scientist||Draughtsperson||ICT Project Manager||Quantity Surveyor|
|Attorney||Electrician||Industrial Engineer||Sales Executive|
|Chef||Farm Manager||Information Technology Manager||Seismologist|
|Chief Financial Officer||Finance Manager||Internal Audit Manager||Senior Government Official|
|Chief Information Officer||Forest Scientist||Investment Analyst||Senior Secondary Teacher (Grades 10-12)|
|Chief Information Officer||Foundation Phase Teacher||Junior Secondary Teacher (Grades 8-9)||Wine Maker|