March 07, 2018

Top Sectors to Work in and Salaries in SA

By Khanyie Dlamini

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As a professional looking to start or advance your career, it is crucial to educate yourself on the various industries you can succeed in and the salary brackets for specialists in the field.

This knowledge will give you insight on the skills required in each sector so that you prepare yourself for career growth. The research shows you how professionals are being paid according to their experience and expertise. You will also learn about how they are rated and compensated.

This will motivate you to upskill and put in the work your career needs to reach professional success. You also have to be knowledgeable about the relevant courses you can study to gain a recognised qualification in that field. This also adds value to your career and will help you stay ahead.

Having industry knowledge will help you train yourself to become an expert and elevate your role in your sector. With this awareness, you can equip yourself with the essential skills, education, and experience that you require to be competitive in your field.

Here are some of the popular sectors you can build a prosperous future in and work towards increasing your earning potential. You also have an opportunity to study towards entering these fields through full-time or part-time studies.

IT Sector and Salaries 

IT courses that you can Study 

Bachelor of Commerce in Information Management - BCOM

Diploma in Information Technology

IT Sector Job Roles and Salaries 

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IT Average salaries by Experience 

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Engineering Sector and Salaries

Engineering courses you can Study 

Foundation Certificate (N1 - N2): Engineering Studies*

National N Diploma: Electrical Engineering*

National N Diploma: Mechanical Engineering*

National N Diploma: Civil Engineering*

Engineering Salaries per role 

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Engineering Salaries per experience 

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Marketing Sector and Salaries 

Marketing courses you can Study 

Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Business Management - BCOM

Diploma in Marketing Management

Diploma in Journalism and Media Studies

Diploma in Public Relations

Diploma in Media and Graphic Design

Diploma in Photography


Marketing Average Salaries per Month 

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Marketing Salaries per Experience

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Experienced Public Relations Manager 

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Experienced Communications Manager

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Human Resources Sector and Salaries 

HR course you can Study 

Diploma in Human Resource Management


Human Resources Salaries per roles 

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Human Resources Salary for experienced Professionals 

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Finance Sector and Salaries 

Finance courses you can Study 

Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management - BCOM
Diploma in Financial Accounting

National Diploma: Financial Accounting (ICB)


Finance Average Monthly Salaries and Roles

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Finance Salaries by Experience 

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About the Author: Khanyie Dlamini  Content Creator at Educor Holdings As a writer in the education sector I am passionate about nurturing people in their careers, wellness and personal growth. I focus on a variety of illuminating topics that are helpful to people’s growth and success. I hope to inspire people to feel motivated to live up to their full potential and know they can have an optimistic and prosperous life. My intention is to contribute to an empowered nation that makes great choices and positive change. Personally I enjoy the world of fashion and keeping up with the trends. I have great interest in digital trends and the impact of social media in today’s world. I enjoy learning from other creative people. I value having purposeful relationships with people who have great visions that align with my own.


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