List of scarce skills in South Africa
As recorded by Department of Education and Training in South Africa, some fields have a real shortage of skilled people.  The department of higher education keeps track of these and publishes a yearly list of occupations that are in high demand. It is found that the professions that have the most demand are in Stem (Science, technology, engineering and maths) fields.

Below is the list of jobs or skills area in demand as of 2019 and going forward:

  • Air Traffic Controllers
  • Aircraft Pilots
  • Application Programmers
  • Architects
  • Biologists, Botanists, Zoologists
  • Building Architects
  • Cardiologists
  • Cartographers and Surveyors
  • Chartered Accountants
  • Chemical and Physical Science Technicians
  • Chemists
  • Critical Care Specialists
  • Dentists
  • Economists
  • Electronics Engineers and Technicians
  • Engineers:  Civil, Chemical, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Mechanical, Mining, Production, Water.
  • Environmental and Occupational Health Inspectors
  • Financial Analysts
  • Financial and Investment Advisors
  • Geologists and Geophysicists
  • Judges
  • Lawyers
  • Legislators
  • Mathematicians, Actuaries and Statisticians
  • Medical Doctors and Practitioners
  • Metallurgists
  • Meteorologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Nursing and Midwifery Professionals
  • Oncologists
  • Paramedic Practitioners
  • Philosophers, Historians and Political Scientists
  • Physicists and Astronomers
  • Process Control Technicians
  • Radiologists
  • Sociologists, Anthropologists
  • Software Applications, Web and Multimedia Developers
  • System Analysts
  • Teachers:  Maths and Science
  • Telecommunications Engineers
  • Urologists
  • Veterinarians