Choosing which career to pursue can sometimes be a daunting task for young students. For many, looking for the highest paying jobs in South Africa provides crucial clues.
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Briefly.co.za therefore highlights 10 of the best paying jobs in South Africa that can serve as a guide for the youth.
Top 10 highest paying jobs in South Africa, listed
1. Software engineering
Software engineering is the first among the top paying jobs in South Africa. According to Buzz South Africa, software engineers earn annual salaries of around R1.2million or more.
Studying computer science and programming at university often leads to this career path.
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For many youngsters, to have a career as a pilot would be a dream come true. It is among the best jobs in South Africa in terms of pay.
With experience, top pilots can earn annual salaries in excess of R695,000.
The legal profession is one of the most sought after in the country. Lawyers often bag salaries ranging from R640,000 to R655,000 per annum, making law one of the highest paid jobs in South Africa.
4. IT managers
Technological advancement is moving at a rapid pace. This means demand for IT managers is very high. It's indeed one of the most paying jobs, attracting annual pays of at least R620,000 a year.
5. Medical specialists
Medical specialists are doctors who obtain advanced training in a specific field of medicine. Neurosurgeons are a great example.
Ranking high among jobs in demand, medical specialists can fetch between R470,000 and R615,000 per annum.
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6. Petroleum engineers
Like the rest of the world, South Africa is energy-hungry. It also takes longer to study for a degree in petroleum engineering.
"Petrol engineer" is therefore one of the most wanted jobs in South Africa. Holders can earn in excess of R570,000 a year. It also features among the highest paying engineering jobs in South Africa.
7. Management consultants
These are professionals who enhance performance in the corporate sector. It's among the best careers in South Africa, attracting pays of between R390,000 and R670,000 a year.
Actuarial science is a field that features some of the best brains adept at math and analysis. An actuary is trained to assess risk, certainty, and probability in business and other areas.
It's among the highest paying careers. Actuaries bag well over R590,000 per annum.
9. Air traffic controller
Air traffic has increased significantly over the years. Air traffic controllers are therefore in demand to ensure planes fly at safe distances from each other.
It's a good paying job because of the amount of stress and concentration involved. Air traffic controllers take home around R580,000 a year.
10. Chartered accountant
A lot of time, often up to seven years, goes into training to become a chartered accountant. As a result, it's a career that pays well — starting from around R430,000 per annum.
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