There are may different factors to think about when choosing a career. It’s important to choose a career path that matches your abilities with your passion and allows you to use your skills to do something that you’re good at and that you enjoy.
For many people, salary is also an important consideration. That’s why we are dedicating our second blog post to the highest paying careers in South Africa.
A recent Salary Review conducted by Career Junction gathered remuneration data from a number of different industries across South Africa. The information is based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level positions across various industries, including ICT, engineering, architecture, financial services and the healthcare sector. If salary is important to you and you’re looking for a career that pays well, then you should be considering the engineering, financial services or ICT (Information Communication Technology) industries. The healthcare sector is also important to consider, with Senior GPs and specialists earning some of the higher salaries in the country. We don’t have time to go into too much detail here so we suggest taking a proper look at the full Salary Review (salary trends in South Africa). We can, however, give you the 15 highest paying jobs and average salaries:
Highest paying jobs per sector
|Job||Sector||Avg monthly salary|
|Civil/Structural Engineering||Engineering||R70 301|
|Corporate Lending||Finance||R69 632|
|Technical and Business Architecture||ICT||R66 558|
|Chartered Accounting||Finance||R65 840|
|Financial Management||Finance||R65 322|
|Environmental Engineering||Engineering||R64 944|
|Mechanical Engineering||Engineering||R63 157|
|Hospital Management||Medical||R61 195|
|General Practitioner||Medical||R60 998|
|Electrical Engineering||Engineering||R60 864|
|IT Management||ICT||R58 337|
|Financial Analysis||Finance||R55 977|
|Industrial Engineering||Engineering||R55 842|
|Consulting Engineering||Construction||R53 369|
|Electronic Engineering||Engineering||R52 879|
As you can see, engineers in South Africa enjoy some of the highest salaries along with ICT and finance professionals. Now that you know which jobs will ensure you earn a great salary, the next step is to find funding that will allow you to study a relevant discipline for these career paths.
Career Wise bursaries – assisting you with the best careers
The good news is that a number of our bursaries are focused on engineering, finance and ICT and will allow you to work towards many of the jobs mentioned above. Our corporate bursary programmes offer a range of funding options and allow you to choose from a variety of different degrees. If you’re interested in engineering, we have numerous bursaries from mining companies as well as from Gibela Rail and Johannesburg Water. If finance and accounting is your passion then have a look at the South African Reserve Bank bursary (and Gibela Rail too) and, if you’re in your second last or final year, you may also qualify for the bursary offered by the Financial Services SETA. For all you ICT geeks, check out the Vodacom bursary scheme under the corporate bursary page (which also includes Actuarial Science for the real brainiacs).
Those aren’t the only options though. We also manage bursary schemes for a range of trusts and foundations, which offer a broader range of disciplines that you can study. Be sure to read the ‘Other useful information’ as some of these bursaries have specific requirements and some of them cover financial shortfalls rather than offering full funding.
Choosing a career path is a big decision and salary shouldn’t be your only consideration. However, it’s always good to be informed about how well you will be rewarded for your hard work. We hope that this blog post has given you some useful insight into the best paid jobs in South Africa.