Economic Indicators

  • Preparing for the future

  • The economic climate, and hence the job market, is rapidly changing throughout the African continent. When planning for such a volatile situation, it is good to consider the current job climate, as well as what will likely come in the near future. When planning a career and where to focus our skill-sets, we should be thinking about what the best jobs will be, and how they will differ from what’s currently the most profitable.
  • According to Forbes.com, “sixty percent of the best jobs in the next 10 years haven’t been invented yet.” Luckily for Africa, these new jobs will help employ a young workforce that is currently faced with reverse youth unemployment rates.
  • The below positions have a common denominator: environment & well-being. Jobs tied with environmental growth and sustainability, wellness and educational enhancement and cultural diversity will likely be in very high demand!
  • Published as the top 9 jobs that will take over as the “best” and most demanded African jobs are:
  • ”Diversity Designer” – Building and Leading Diverse Teams
  • ”University Founder” – Building up free, principled universities for young people, aided by alumni, investors and community growth projects
  • ”Wellness Coach” – Just as it sounds, someone who guides an individual’s well-being; a position that will increasingly grow throughout the continent
  • ”Invisible Executive” – Holding the task of “building team[s] around emerging opportunities.”
  • ”Ecosystem Advocate” – Advocating for balanced and sustainable ecosystems – a role that will likely become a vital profession in the near future
  • ”Alien Experience Advisor” – Acting as cultural experience advisors in an ever-changing and integrating Africa
  • ”Nutrient Banker” – Such individuals would be in charge of “…creating, maintaining, and supplying a full spectrum of nutrition in landscapes…”
  • ”Climate Change Adaptability Agent” – Advising and Aiding Earth’s changing climate
  • ”Rat Trainer” – It may sound surprising, but using rats is one of the best ways to detect diseases and ordinance. Rat trainers are already growing in demand, and are likely to become much more demanded.
  • Some of the best Paid Jobs – African Occupations that Count

  • Petroleum Engineers – In the realm of crude oil or natural gas, these workers obtain a high comparable salary, particularly in South Africa. Relevant knowledge includes chemical engineering, mining engineering and physics.
  • Actuary – Evaluating Risk & Uncertainty. These professionals have a background in business, analytics, behavioral psychology, asset management and liability management.
  • Air Traffic Controller – Maintaining safety & order in global air traffic. Relevant experience includes aerodrome, area radar, approach radar and related disciplines.
  • Computer & Information Systems Managers – Directing IT goals of a company. Relevant educational experience in the field of Computer Science is often required.
  • Doctors – the salaries range quite a bit, with Neurosurgeons making the highest amount.
  • Accountant or Auditor – Organizing and manage a company’s finances. A relevant degree in accounting is normally required.
  • Management Consultant – Consultancy for a business on how they can improve performance and increase results. Qualifications for these positions vary greatly, but individuals are often educated in management, psychology or business.
  • Lawyers – the salary range here can vary greatly, but the general consensus is that it’s among the highest paid professions on the continent.
  • Airline Pilot or Engineer – Normally requiring an educational background in engineering, mathematics or physics, this job involves the flying and maintenance of multi-engine aircrafts. The salary of such professionals is ranked amongst the top few.
  • Software Engineers – These are best paid professionals in South Africa, and amongst the highest paid throughout the continent. Relevant qualifications are in computer science and programming, although hiring success is largely dependent on the actual proven skill-set. Software engineers develop, design and maintain software & computer systems.
  • As can be seen from this brief look into predicted future occupations, and current high-paid positions, there is large diversity in the African workforce. This will likely take a shift towards emphasising on environmental and advisory positions. Roles in Engineering, Law, Medicine & Business will likely continue to remain well compensated, despite the fluctuating economic climate.
  • Contributing Sources: collegerecruiter.com, forbes.com, afkinsider.com, salaryexplorer.com, moneyweb.co.za, payscale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics