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Top 350 South African Jobs in High Demand

The DHET advises youth to study for fields that offer the most job opportunities. If you’re unsure what to study, go for one of these as it would also be easier to access funding. Type in jobs that interest you and see if they appear on this list.

Information extracted from the Department of Higher Education and Training.

What Does ‘Occupation in High Demand’ Mean?

The term refers to job fields (occupations) that are growing quickly or job posts that are difficult to fill (shortages in the labour market).

To be in high demand, a job should:
 have become very popular with firms during the past 5 years;
 be showing an increase over two years;
 it’s predicted that the demand will continue into the future;
 has been identified as a scarce skill in the labour market; or
 is a new job field that’s expected to grow as a result of innovation, technological advancements and the development of new
industries (for example, the establishment of new occupations in “green” industries).

BEST THING TO DO IF YOU WANT TO INCREASE YOUR JOB SECURITY IS TO STUDY FOR THESE ‘IN HIGH DEMAND OCCUPATIONS’

OFO CodeOccupation  
261104Trade Mark Attorney
111203Local Authority Manager
111204Senior Government Official
112101Director (Enterprise / Organisation)
121101Finance Manager
121201Personnel / Human Resource Manager
121206Health and Safety Manager
121901Corporate General Manager
121905Programme or Project Manager
121908Quality Systems Manager
122101Sales and Marketing Manager
122201Advertising and Public Relations
122301Research and Development
132101Manufacturer
132301Construction Project Manager
132401Supply and Distribution Manager
132402Logistics Manager
133101Chief Information Officer
133102ICT Project Manager
134101Child Care Centre Manager
134201Medical Superintendent
134501School Principal
134502FET College Principal
134503Faculty Head
134504District Education Manager
134505Rector (Educational)
134506Registrar / Councillor (Educational)
134507Head of Department (Teacher)
134901Environmental Manager
134903Small Business Manager
134906Practice Manager
134915Operations Manager (Non-Manufacturing)
142103Retail Manager (General)
2. PROFESSIONALS
211101Physicists and Astronomers
211201Meteorologists
211401Geologist
211402Geophysicist
211403Materials Scientist
212101Actuary
212102Mathematician
212103Statistician
213110Medical Scientist
213202Agricultural Scientist
213305Air Pollution Analyst
213306Water Quality Analyst
214101Industrial Engineer
214102Industrial Engineering Technologist
214103Production Engineer
214104Production Engineering Technologist
214105Energy Efficiency Manager
214201Civil Engineer
214202Civil Engineering Technologist
214301Environmental Engineer
214302Environmental Impact and Restoration Analyst
214401Mechanical Engineer
214402Mechanical Engineering Technologist
214405Marine Engineer
214501Chemical Engineer
214502Chemical Engineering Technologist
214603Metallurgical Engineer
214604Metallurgical Engineering Technologist
214607Petroleum Engineer
214904Quantity Surveyor
214905Agricultural Engineer
214907Materials Engineer
214908Materials Engineering Technologist
215101Electrical Engineer
215102Electrical Engineering Technologist
215103Energy Engineer
215104Energy Engineering Technologist
215201Electronics Engineer
215202Electronics Engineering Technologist
215301Telecommunications Engineer
215302Telecommunications Engineering Technologist
215303Telecommunications Network Engineer
215304Telecommunications Field Engineer
216101Architect
216201Landscape Architect
216302Industrial Designer
216401Urban and Regional Planner
216502Surveyor
221101General Medical Practitioner
221102Resident Medical Officer
221103Public Health Physician
221201Anaesthetist
221202Cardiologist
221203Emergency Medicine Specialist
221204Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
221205Ophthalmologist
221206Paediatrician
221207Pathologist
221208Psychiatrist
221209Radiologist
221210Specialist Physician (General Medicine)
221211Surgeon
222101Clinical Nurse Practitioner
222102Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
222103Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
222104Registered Nurse (Community Health)
222105Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
222106Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)
222107Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)
222108Registered Nurse (Medical)
222109Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
222110Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
222111Registered Nurse (Operating Theatre)
222112Registered Nurse (Surgical)
222113Paediatrics Nurse
222114Nurse Educator
222115Nurse Researcher
222116Nurse Manager
222201Midwife
224101Paramedical Practitioner
224102Sports Scientist
225101Veterinarian
No OFO CodeLaboratory Animal Technologist
No OFO CodeVeterinary Technologist
226101Dental Specialist
226102Dentist
226201Hospital Pharmacist
226202Industrial Pharmacist
226203Retail Pharmacist
226302Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHE&Q) practitioner
226501Dietician
226601Audiologist
226602Speech Pathologist
226902Occupational Therapist
231101University Lecturer
232101Accounting Teacher (Grades 10 - 12)
232102Agricultural Management Practices Teacher (Grades 10 - 12)
232103Agricultural Sciences Teacher (Grades 10 - 12)
232104Agricultural Technology Teacher (Grades 10-12)
232106Civil Technology Teacher (Grades 10-12)
232107Computer Applications
Technology Teacher (Grades Teacher (Grades 10-12)
232112Economics Teacher (Grades Teacher (Grades 10-12)
232113Electrical Technology Teacher (Grades 10 - 12)
232114Engineering Graphics and Design Teacher (Grades Teacher (Grades 10-12)
232117Hospitality Studies Teacher (Grades 10 - 12)
232118Information Technology Teacher (Grades 10-12)
232119Language Teacher (Grades 10 - 12)
232122Mathematical Literacy Teacher 10 - 12)
232123Mathematics Teacher (Grades 10 - 12)
232124Mechanical Technology Teacher (Grades 10-12)
232126Physical Science Teacher (Grades 10-12)
232128Tourism Teacher (Grades 10 - 12)
233101Mathematics Teacher (Grade 4-9)
233102Natural Science Teacher (Grade 4-9)
234101Foundational Phase School Teacher
234201Early Childhood Development
235201Special Needs Teacher
235205Adult Education Teacher
241101Accountant (General)
241102Management Accountant
241103Tax Professional
241104External Auditor
241106Accountant in Practice
241107Financial Accountant
241108Forensic Accountant
241201Investment Analyst
241202Investment Manager
241203Investment Advisor
241204Financial Markets Practitioner
241205Professional Principal Executive
241301Financial Investment Advisor
242101Management Consultant
242203Company Secretary
242204Corporate Treasurer
242209Accounting Officer
242211Internal Auditor
242301Careers Counsellor
242402Occupational Instructor / trainer
243102Market Research Analyst
243301Sales Representative / Salesman (Industrial Products)
243302Sales Representative (Medical and Pharmaceutical Products)
243303Sales Representative (Educational Products and
243304Printing and Publishing Equipment Sales Representative
251101ICT Systems Analyst
251201Software Developer
251202Programmer Analyst
251203Developer Programmer
252101Database Designer and Administrator
252301Computer Network and Systems Engineer
252302Network Analyst
252901ICT Security Specialist
252902Technical (ICT) Support Services Manager
261101Attorney
261102Administrative Lawyer
261103Patent Attorney
735102Jetty Operator
261105Tribunal Member
261106Advocate
261201Judge
261202Magistrate
262101Archivist
262201Librarian
263101Economist
263501Social Counselling Worker
314201Agricultural Technician
314301Forestry Technician
314302Forestry Research Technician
315101Ship’s Engineer
315201Ship’s Master
315202Ship’s Officer
315203Ship’s Surveyor
315204Marine Certification & Surveillance Manager
315205Boat Driver / Coxswain
315401Air Traffic Controller
321101Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
321102Medical Radiation Therapist
321103Nuclear Medicine Technologist
321104Sonographer
322101Enrolled Nurse
322102Mother Craft Nurse
325101Dental Assistant
325102Dental Hygienist
331201Credit or Loans Officer
331301Bookkeeper
331302Accounting Technician
331401Statistical and Mathematical Assistant
331501Valuer
332102Insurance Broker
332301Retail Buyer
333905Supply Chain Practitioner
335905Water Inspector
351301Computer Network Technician
351302Geographic Information Systems Technicians
3. TECHNICIANS AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSIONALS
311101Chemistry Technician
311102Physical Science Technician
311201Civil Engineering Technician
311202Surveying or Cartographic
Technician
311203Town Planning Technician
311301Electrical Engineering Technician
311302Electric Substation Operations Manager
311303Energy Efficiency Technician
311401Electronic Engineering Technician
311501Mechanical Engineering Technician
311502Pressure Equipment Inspector
311503Aeronautical Engineering Technician
311601Chemical Engineering Technician
311701Mining Technician
311702Metallurgical or Materials Technician
311704Geophysical Technician
311705Mine Ventilation Observer
311706Rock Engineering Technician
311707Strata Control Officer
311801Draughtsperson
311901Forensic Technician (Biology, Toxicology)
311902Fire Investigator
311903Food and Beverage Technician
311904Manufacturing Technician
311905Industrial Engineering Technician
314201Agricultural Technician
314301Forestry Technician
314302Forestry Research Technician
315101Ship’s Engineer
315201Ship’s Master
315202Ship’s Officer
315203Ship’s Surveyor
315204Marine Certification & Surveillance Manager
315205Boat Driver / Coxswain
315401Air Traffic Controller
321101Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
321102Medical Radiation Therapist
321103Nuclear Medicine Technologist
321104Sonographer
322101Enrolled Nurse
322102Mother Craft Nurse
325101Dental Assistant
325102Dental Hygienist
331201Credit or Loans Officer
331301Bookkeeper
331302Accounting Technician
331401Statistical and Mathematical assistant
331501Valuer
332102Insurance Broker
332301Retail Buyer
311906Environmental Engineering Technician
312301Building Associate
313201Water Plant Operator
313301Chemical Plant Controller
313501Metal Manufacturing Process Control Technician
333905Supply Chain Practitioner
335905Water Inspector
351301Computer Network Technician
351302Geographic Information Systems Technicians
4. CLERICAL SUPPORT WORKERS
422101Tourist Information Officer
422102Travel Consultant
431101Accounts Clerk
431102Cost Clerk
431103Taxation Clerk
431201Insurance Administrator
431202Securities Services Administrative Officer
431203Statistical Clerk
431204Insurance Claims Administrator
431301Payroll Clerk
5. SERVICE AND SALES WORKERS
531101Child Care Worker
531102Family Day Care Worker
532201Residential Care Officer
532202Aged or Disabled Carer
532203Community Care Worker
541101Fire Fighter
541102Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
6. SKILLED AGRICULTURAL, FORESTRY, FISHERY, CRAFT AND RELATED TRADES WORKERS
641201Bricklayer
641501Carpenter and Joiner
642601Plumber
642701Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic
643101Painter
651101Moulder
651201Pressure Welder
651202Welder
651302Boiler Maker
651401Metal Fabricator
651501Rigger
652201Toolmaker
652302Fitter and Turner
653101Automotive Motor Mechanic
653301Industrial Machinery Mechanic
653306Diesel Mechanic
662204Lithographic Printing Technician
662205Continuous Stationery Lithography Technician
662212Rotary Printing & Re-reeling Flexographic Machine Technician
662303Mechanised Bookbinding Technician
662305Mechanised Hard-cover Bookbinding Technician
671101Electrician
671102Electrical Installation Inspector
671202Millwright
671203Mechatronics Technician
671208Transportation Electrician
671301Electrical Line Mechanic
672101Avionics Mechanician
672102Radar Mechanic
672103Business Machine Mechanic
672104Electronic Equipment Mechanician
672105Instrument Mechanician
672107Special Class Electrician
672108Radiotrician
684913Melter
7. PLANT AND MACHINE OPERATORS AND ASSEMBLERS
714201Plastic Cable making Machine Operator
714202Plastic Compounding and Reclamation Machine Operator
714203Plastics Fabricator or Welder
714204Plastics Production Machine Operator (General)
714205Reinforced Plastic and Composite
Production Worker
714206Rotational Moulding Operator
714208Plastics Manufacturing Machine Minder
714209Reinforced Plastics and Composite
715301Trades Worker Sewing Machine Operator
715302Clothing, Textile and Leather Goods
Production Operator
718201Boiler or Engine Operator
718304Packaging Manufacturing Machine Setter
721201Electrical and Electronic Equipment
731101Train Driver
733201Truck Driver (General)
733204Tanker Driver
733206Armoured Personnel Carrier Operator
733208Mobile Mining Equipment Operator
734201Earthmoving Plant Operator
734202Backhoe Operator
734203Bulldozer Operator
734204Excavator Operator
734205Grader Operator
734206Loader Operator
734207Mulcher Operator
734208Tunnelling Machine Operator Mobile Explosives
734209Manufacturing Unit (MEMU) Operator
734210Scraper Operator
734211Dragline Operator
734212Railway Track Master
734213Road Roller Operator
734214Dump Truck Operator (Off-road)
735101Deck Hand

If this list is too big to navigate, try our shorter breakdowns here for the sections you are interested in.

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