If you’re just finishing school and you want to make it rain in a few years, you might want to consider studying something that’ll help you land a job in one of these sectors.
Every year, at least twice a year, jobs portal CareerJunction releases “salary trends” which shows the average salaries across ten sectors in South Africa… and depending in which industry you work, these will make you weep.
There are a few things to consider with the data, though. The salaries are listed as a range meaning it does not take into account where applicants live, what their experience and skill levels are. It also does not take into consideration the various pay gaps that exist in the working world.
Still, these will give you a rough overview of top-paying jobs across ten different sectors in South Africa. And if you haven’t got a clue what most of these people do… we’ve tried to break it down for you… in a totally non-serious way.
- Category: Admin and office jobs
Job: Health, safety and environment
Salary: R30 143
What is it? From what we can gather, this is a pretty varied job title which can be anything from an “Occupational Hygiene Officer” to a “SHEQ Practitioner”. Sounds fancy.
- Category: Building and construction
Job: Civil engineer
Salary: R64 321
What is it? These guys build everything from roads to airports, bridges, tunnels and all sorts of other complicated things you’ll never get done with Lego.
- Category: Design, Media and ArtsJob: Web design/Multimedia/3D design
Salary: R34 056
What is it? Another fairly broad category which can include anything from making pretty websites do make pretty pictures.
- Category: Engineering and Architecture
Job: Civil/Structural Engineers
Salary: R62 637
What is it? As already mentioned, these folks build fancy things.
- Category: Finance
Job: Corporate lending
Salary: R73 650
What is it? They work with big sums of money. Which is probably why they earn such a big sum of money.
- Category: Information and communication tech
Job: Technical and business architecture
Salary: R62 337
What is it? Another fairly broad category judging by the search on CareerJunction, but could be anything from a mobile app developer to somebody who turns things off and on.
- Category: Manufacturing and assembly
Job: Process control
Salary: R30 125
What is it? Controls processes, duh.
- Category: Marketing
Job: Communications and public relations
Salary: R40 982
What is it? Tells people stuff they didn’t know they wanted to hear.
- Category: Sales
Job: Account management
Salary: R32 708
What is it? Shouts at people often to make sure things are running smoothly.
- Category: Warehousing and logistics
Job: Logistics managers
Salary: R35 325
What is it? Manages logistics, obvs.