National List of Occupations in High Demand: 2018

The Department of Higher Education and Training has published the National List of Occupations in High Demand: 2018.

National List of Occupations in High Demand: 2018

The DHET defines an 'Occupation in High Demand' as:

those occupations that have shown relatively strong employment growth, and/or are experiencing shortages in the labour market or which are expected to be in demand in the future

More specifically, occupations are in high demand if they:

  • have shown relatively strong employment or wage growth over the past 5 years;
  • are expected to show relatively strong employment growth in the future;
  • have been identified as being in shortage (demand exceeds supply) in the labour market;
  • are new and expected to emerge in the near future as a result of innovation, technological advancements, the development of new industries, or the implementation of government strategic priorities.

Information about occupations in high demand provides useful insights into the skills needs of the economy and society, especially in a context where the South African labour market is characterised by high levels of unemployment on the one hand, and skills shortages on the other.

The National List of Occupations in High Demand: 2018

What follows is a small selection of the occupations determined to be in high demand. To view the full list, click here.

National List of Occupations in High Demand: 2018

Level of


Farm Manager Highest
Engineering Manager Highest
Fleet Manager Highest
Small Business Manager Highest
Seismologist Highest
Wine Maker Highest
Agricultural Scientist Highest
Food and Beverage Scientist Highest
Senior Secondary School Teacher (Gr 10-12) Highest
Town Planning Technician Highest
Draughtsperson Highest
Chef Highest
Camera Operator (Film, TV or Video) Highest
Electrician Highest
Millwright Highest
Lift Mechanic Highest

And the list goes on!

Is your occupation on this list? Has it given you an idea about what to study in the future? Let us know in the comments below!


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