Along with the lantern, alarm clock and milkman in the world in recent years, a large number of jobs have disappeared. Although traditional job titles such as gravediggers, teachers, doctors, nurses and politicians will remain for many more years, a significant evolutionary shift has taken place in the field of employment in an effort to adapt to new technologies, communication methods and information exchange and constant globalization.

On February 3 this year, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of South Africa published a report that included a list of at least 27 new critical skills needed by the country ( In short, zoologists, managers (at least three key industries: communications, corporate solutions, supply and distribution) and educators are in demand, as well as financial professionals and, of course, specialists in information technology and cyberspace.

In fact, it seems that while the developing world is concerned with food security and transportation, the planet will still need financial experts (auditors, economists, treasurers and accountants) who can help maximize profits and save on rising operating costs. . both in the private and public sectors.

Tech-savvy and artisan-related vacancies will remain a high priority, while high school teachers and FET Phase appear to be in high demand. Remaining with education, graduate school has led to the removal of doctoral degrees from the list of new critical skills for 2022 ( An interesting aspect of this is the practicality that seems to be supported by jobs in the postmodern era, with minimal emphasis on the traditional philosophical methodologies of past centuries. While humanity can still appreciate and look at someone’s “doctor” title, the elevator mechanic seems to be more welcoming to pragmatism in a technocentric world.

Modern times also require workers to be much more skilled in their work to minimize workplace disruptions and redundancy and increase the efficiency of staff and business operations. In principle, employers require that their workforce be much more “flexible and adaptable” when it comes to their specific industry (Accipio, 2022). Although automation continues to steal unskilled and semi-skilled employment opportunities, an essential requirement to help increase employment and security should compel school leavers to obtain at least a certificate, diploma or degree as a form of postgraduate study.

Along with the requirement for flexibility in employment and recruitment processes, the same applies to the qualifications you can apply for – less specialized qualifications and more open or dual-purpose training programs that offer more than one employment option, much more. perfect and practical.

A question that evokes some answer in the working class: “What is the next step in your career?” Whether you’re planning it, just starting out, developing or nearing retirement, everyone in the world of work has a role to play.

Bibliography: 2022 Multi-Skilling. [online] Available at: [Accessed 3 May 2022]. 2022 The Department of the Interior is a list of critical skills and a checklist. [online] Available at: [Accessed 3 May 2022].
IBN immigration solutions. 2022 Work visa with critical skills South Africa. [online] Available at: [Accessed 3 May 2022].

Complete list of 27 new critical skills (adapted from

  • Zoologist
  • Director (enterprise, medium or large)
  • Supply and Distribution Manager
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Call or contact center manager
  • Mineralogist
  • Aviation Technologist
  • Maritime Architect
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Agricultural Technologist Engineer
  • Multimedia designer
  • Nurse educator
  • FET 10–12 school teacher (STEM subjects only)
  • Senior Teacher 8-10 Grades (STEM Subjects Only)
  • Tax Specialist
  • Forensic accountant
  • Political analyst
  • Corporate Treasurer
  • Internal auditor
  • Work Instructor (Airspace)
  • Market research analyst
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • The Economist
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Machinist on metal
  • Lift mechanic
  • Transport electrician

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