Career Choice: Top 10 Highest Paying Jobs In South Africa 2015


Career prospect begins with finding out what you are happy doing, what you enjoy doing best or what you do best. Beyond that, there is the question of how much you earn for doing what you do.

Do you get paid for doing what you love doing or do you get paid for working even though you don’t like it? Beyond the love for what you know how to do, career choices are influenced different factors some of which include training and education, skills and abilities, interest and personality type, life roles, social and economic conditions in a particular geographical area and on many occasions childhood fantasies.

But there is no denying that one of the most critical factors not mentioned here is the paying ability of a particular career.

These days, it is no longer enough to enjoy what you do, it is equally very important for what you do to be able to pay your bills and take very good care of your other excesses.

Therefore, for those who are looking to make serious career choices, it is important to know the kind of job you want but most importantly, to know the paying ability of such a job because in a world such as ours, job satisfaction almost always begins with the amount you are paid. Therefore we bring you a list of some of the highest paying jobs in South Africa.

10. Chartered Accountant


A career in chartered accountancy certainly isn’t for everyone. It generally takes at least four years of academic study at South Africa’s top universities and another three years of practical training, it therefore calls for sacrifice, discipline and talent. But all of the work pays off once you start work. The average pay of a Chartered Accountant is R434,191 per year.

9. Air Traffic Controller


Air traffic control is a career like no other. They coordinate the movement of air traffic to ensure that aircraft stay safe distances apart. It is one of the most stressful jobs because a great amount of concentration will be required to ensure that no aircraft moves in the wrong lane at the wrong time. As a reward for all this stress and risky work, air traffic controllers can expect to earn around R583,450 per year.

8. Actuary


An actuary is a business professional who deals with the financial impact of risk and uncertainty. To be an Actuary, you’ll need a math degree. They examine the potential of an uncertain event to happen – such as an earthquake, hurricane, or other natural disaster – and assess the impact of financial losses. Actuaries must have a strong background in asset management, liability management, business knowledge, and analytical skills, as well as a deep understanding of the human behavior. Experienced Actuaries receive
Approximately 598 055 per annum

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