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National Scarce Skills in South Africa List: Top 100 Occupations in Demand

Government Gazette No. 37678, 23 May 2014 (Extract)

No. Occupational Title OFO* Code
1 Electrical Engineer 215101
2 Civil Engineer 214201
3 Mechanical Engineer 214401
4 Quantity Surveyor 214904
5 Programme or Project Manager 121905
6 Finance Manager 121101
 7 Physical and Engineering Science Technicians* 311
8 Industrial and Production Engineers* 2141
 9 Electrician 671101
10 Chemical Engineer 214501
11 Construction Project Manager 132301
12 Mining Engineer 214601
 11 Accountant (General) 241101
14 Energy Engineer 215103
15 Materials Engineer 214907
16 Electronics Engineer 215201
17 Metallurgical Engineer 214603
 18 18 Medical Superintendent / Public Health Manager 134201
 19 Telecommunications Engineers* 2153
20 Energy Engineering Technologist 215104
 21 Millwright 671202
22 Public Health Physician 221103
23 Nursing Professionals* 2221
24 Registered Nurse (child and family health) 332102
25 General Medical Practitioner 221101
 26 Veterinarian 225101
27 Industrial Pharmacist 226202
 28 ICT Systems Analyst 251101
29 Geologist 211401
 30 Hospital Pharmacist 226201
 31 Boiler Maker 651302
 32 Fitter and Turner 652302
33 Carpenter and Joiner 641501
 34 Welder 651202
35 Environmental Engineers* 2143
 36 Retail Pharmacist 226203
37 Manufacturing Managers* 1321
 38 SHEQ Practitioner 226302
 39 Vocational or Further Education Teachers* 2321
 40 Natural Science Teacher (Grade 10-12) 233102
 41 Plumber (General) 642601
 42 Automotive Motor Mechanic 653101
43 Agricultural Engineer 214905
 44 Foundational Phase School Teacher 234101
45 Mechanical Engineering Technologist 214402
 46 Software Developers* 2512
 47 Toolmaker 652201
48 Electrical Engineering Technologist 215102
 49 Land Surveyor 216502
 50 Diesel Mechanic 653102
 51 Electronic Instrument Trades Worker 672105
52 Sales and Marketing Manager 122101
 53 Mathematics Teacher (Primary) 233101
 54 Metal Fabricator 651401
 55 Industrial Machinery Mechanic 653301
56 Draughtsperson 311801
 57 Actuary 212101
 58 Agricultural Scientist 213202
 59 Retail Buyer 332301
 60 Air Conditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber 642701
 61 Automotive Electrician 672106
62 Supply and Distribution Manager 132401
 63 Civil Engineering Technologist 214202
 64 Materials Engineering Technologist 214908
 65 Electrical Installation Inspector 671102
66 ICT Project Manager 133102
 67 Mining Engineering Technologist 214602
 68 Metallurgical Engineering Technologist 214604
 69 Electronics Engineering Technologist 215202
 70 Computer Network and Systems Engineer 252301
 71 Mechatronics Technician 671203
72 Research and Development Manager 122301
 71 Chemical Engineering Technologist 214502
 82 Architect 216101
 83 Mathematics Teacher (Grades 10 to 12) 232123
 74 Pressure Welder 651201
 75 Retail Manager (General) 142103
78 Earthmoving and Related Plant Operators* 7342
79 Computer Network Technician 351301
80 Personnel / Human Resource Manager 121201
 81 Environmental Manager 134901
 82 Production/Operations Manager 134915
 83 Urban and Regional Planner 216401
 84 Network Analyst 252302
 85 Industrial Designer 216302
86 Local Authority Manager 111203
 87 Financial Investment Advisor 241301
 88 Health and Safety Manager 121206
 89 Water Quality Analyst 213306
90 Logistics 132402
 91 Chief Information Officer 133101
 92 Occupational Instructor / Trainer 242402
 93 Corporate General Manager 121901
 94 External Auditor 241104
 95 Ship’s Engineer 315101
 96 Rigger 651501
97 Forestry Technician 314301
98 Retail Manager (General) 142103
99 Quality Systems Manager 121908
100 Medical Scientist 213110

 

*Refers to a cluster of occupations in this OFO (“Organising Framework of Occupations”) category. Refer to Annexure A (below) for specific occupations under these clusters.

 

NOTE: Chartered accountants are an occupation in high demand. However, these professionals work in a range of occupations such as, but not limited to, CEOs, CFOs, financial managers, financial analysts, audits, project managers, general managers, and so. Thus the occupational title CA is not listed.

 

 


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