The jobs young South Africans want the most

A new study conducted by consumer insights company Pondering Panda, finds that young South Africans favour a career in medicine over other professions.

The survey asked 1,043 young South Africans between the ages of 15 and 24, what their dream job is.

Respondents were then allowed to describe their dream job in their own words.

The survey found that medical professions were the most sought-after, with 18% saying they aspired to be either a doctor, nurse, or have another job in the medical field.

Half that number (9%) said it was their dream to become an engineer, 9% said working in the financial sector was ideal for them, and 7% aspired to a career in policing.

Of those who aspired to a medical career, 58% would like to become a doctor. In contrast, 26% said they would most like to become a nurse, while 16% aspired to another branch of medicine.

Significantly more respondents (78%) hankered for a career in the private sector career, rather than one in the public sector. Less than 1% aspired to work in the charitable sector.

Public sector career choices were dominated by those wanting to pursue a career in policing, education or social services. Only 1% of respondents dreamed of a career in politics or government, either local or national.

Interviews were carried out both on cellphones and online between the 3rd and the 8th of June across South Africa, excluding deep rural areas.

Responses were weighted to be nationally representative in terms of age, gender and race.

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