Scarce skills

Some fields have a shortage of skilled people or are expected to grow quickly in the near future. The department of higher education keeps track of these and publishes a yearly list of occupations that are in high demand. The professions that have the most demand are in Stem (Science, technology, engineering and maths) fields. However, there are shortages in many fields, including:

·      Accounting and auditing

·      Education (from early childhood development to university level)

·      Law

·      Agriculture

·      Medicine (doctors, nurses and medical technicians)

·      Artisans

·      IT

·      Management (many qualifications can eventually lead here)

Top 10 scarce skills  

1.     Electrical engineer

2.     Civil engineer

3.     Mechanical engineer

4.     Quantity surveyor

5.     Programme or project manager

6.     Finance manager

7.     Physical and engineering science technicians

8.     Industrial and production engineers

9.     Electrician

10.   Chemical engineer

The full list of high-demand occupations is available at: www.dhet.gov.za/SitePages/Resources.aspx

Some other occupations in high demand:

– Accountant
– Actuary
– Agricultural engineer
– Air traffic controller
– Architect
– Attorney
– Audiologist
– Auditor
– Boilermaker
– Bricklayer
– Carpenter and joiner
– Computer network and systems engineer
– Database designer and administrator
– Dentist
– Dietician
– Draughtsperson
– Early childhood development practitioner
– Economist
– Electrical engineer
– Electrician
– Energy engineer
– Environmental engineer
– Environmental impact and restoration analyst
– Fitter and turner
– General medical practitioner
– Geographic information systems technicians
– Geologist
– Industrial designer
– Librarian
– Materials engineer
– Mathematician
– Medical technologist
– Metallurgical Engineer
– Meteorologist
– Midwife
– Nurse
– Occupational therapist
– Paramedic
– Pathologist
– Petroleum engineer
– Pharmacist
– Physicist
– Plumber
– Quantity surveyor
– Radiologist
– Retail buyer
– Safety, health, environment and quality practitioner
– Schoolteacher
– Social counselling worker
– Software developer
– Sonographer
– Special Needs Teacher
– Speech Pathologist
– Statistician
– Supply chain practitioner
– Surgeon
– Surveyor
– Urban and regional planner
– Veterinarian
– Welder

PW Botha wagged his finger and banned us in 1988 but we stood firm. We built a reputation for fearless journalism, then, and now. Through these last 35 years, the Mail & Guardian has always been on the right side of history.

These days, we are on the trail of the merry band of corporates and politicians robbing South Africa of its own potential.

To help us ensure another 35 future years of fiercely independent journalism, please subscribe.

Sponsored Feature
Guest Author
Advertisting

Border walls don’t stop viruses, but a blanket amnesty might

Why South Africa should consider amnesty for undocumented migrants in the time of the coronavirus outbreak.

Mail & Guardian needs your help

Our job is to help give you the information we all need to participate in building this country, while holding those in power to account. But now the power to help us keep doing that is in your hands

Press Releases

The online value of executive education in a Covid-19 world

Executive education courses further develop the skills of leaders in the workplace

Sisa Ntshona urges everyone to stay home, and consider travelling later

Sisa Ntshona has urged everyone to limit their movements in line with government’s request

SAB Zenzele’s special AGM postponed until further notice

An arrangement has been announced for shareholders and retailers to receive a 77.5% cash payout

20th Edition of the National Teaching Awards

Teachers are seldom recognised but they are indispensable to the country's education system

Awards affirm the vital work that teachers do

Government is committed to empowering South Africa’s teachers with skills, knowledge and techniques for a changing world

SAB Zenzele special AGM rescheduled to March 25 2020

New voting arrangements are being made to safeguard the health of shareholders

Dimension Data launches Saturday School in PE

The Gauteng Saturday School has produced a number of success stories