These 73 jobs will see faster recovery and high demand in post-Covid South Africa

 ·26 Nov 2020

The Department of Higher Education has published the full list of high-demand occupations in South Africa, which includes a deeper assessment of the positions that will likely see a faster and slower recovery from Covid-19.

The list – which is reviewed every two years – highlights the 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.

“The processes to identify high demand occupations would be incomplete without taking into account the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic,” the department said.

“As is well known, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the South African economy. Besides its overall economic shock, the pandemic is likely to change the composition of the South African economy fundamentally.

This means that strong industries might struggle, while previously weaker industries might thrive, it said.

“Exactly how this will happen is still highly uncertain, and there is not enough certainty to remove or add any occupations purely based on the potential changes the pandemic might bring about. As a result, the development of the list drew on cases in which industry representatives specifically argued for an occupation’s inclusion or exclusion based on Covid-19 considerations.”

As many as 345 occupations have been listed by the department, with 195 highlighted as being more likely to face a slow recovery and lower demand in a post-Covid-19 South Africa, and 73 jobs showing higher demand and a faster recovery.

The department said that while the list shows in-demand occupations, it is not intended to signal shortages, and it is not intended to be used to inform the recruitment of critically skilled foreign nationals.

These are the jobs highlighted by the department as showing a faster recovery, and stronger demand in the future:

High demand, fast recovery
Agricultural farm manager Developer Programmer Nanny
Aged or disabled carer Diver Network Analyst
Agricultural Engineer Family day care worker Nurse educator
Agricultural Engineering Technologist Fire Fighter Out of school hours care worker
Agricultural mobile plant (equipment) operator Food and beverage scientist Programmer Analyst
Agricultural scientist Forestry operations supervisor Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
Agriculture consultant General medical practitioner Registered Nurse (Community Health)
Airborne electronics analyst Geographic Information Systems Technicians Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
Application Development Manager Hazardous Materials Removal Workers Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
Applications Programmer Horticultural farmer Registered Nurse (Medical)
Biotechnologist Hospital pharmacist Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
Chief Information Officer ICT Communications Assistant Registered Nurse (Surgical)
Child Care Worker ICT Project Manager Residential care officer
Child or youth residential care assistant ICT Security Specialist Retail pharmacist
Coding Clerk ICT Systems Analyst Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Practitioner
Community healthcare worker (CHW) Industrial pharmacist Software Developer
Computer Network and Systems Engineer Information Services Manager Systems Administrator
Computer Network Technician Information Systems Director Tobacco Grader
Computers Quality Assurance Analyst Information Technology Manager Tree feller
Cotton Grader Life science technician Web Designer
Crop Produce Analyst Marine biologist Web Developer
Data entry operator Marine GIS Technician Wine Maker
Data Management Manager Mixed crop and livestock farmer Wool Classer / Grader
Data Scientist Multimedia Designer
Database Designer and Administrator Multimedia Specialist

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