Tech Careers in Demand and on the Rise in South Africa

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The world is ever-changing at a very fast pace, which can be overwhelming and hard to keep track of sometimes. This could not be more evident than before as some prominent careers in the past have become obsolete due to the advancements in technology and automation. Sad as it is to see jobs, we looked up to so highly, come to their fall, the rise in technology has brought about exciting new career prospects, especially in the world of tech.

Are you a student looking for career advice or an established professional looking for a breath of fresh air? Here are some of the top 5 practical, current in-demand tech jobs out there in South Africa :

1. Software Developer

A software developer designs, develops, installs, tests, and maintains software systems. A software developer’s duties can range from coding to designing and building applications and websites for both desktop and mobile. Developers work with multiple programming languages such as C#, C++, JavaScript, .NET, and HTML and often need to exhibit their expertise by providing recommendations on how to improve the systems and ensure they meet client needs.

Skills and experience sought after in web developers include:

  • Strong communication skills to work closely with clients to gather requirements
  • Analytical skills
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and/or equivalent including prior work experience.
  • Knowledge and experience of multiple programming languages.
2. Web Developer

Web developers take on the responsibility of creating and looking after web-based applications that align with business requirements. Typically, a web developer is required to code and script applications, build, and optimize a secure web page, maintain several web applications, communicate efficiently with stakeholders, and perform regular site audits and regular maintenance. 

Skills and experience sought after in web developers include:

  • Strong coding skills and knowledge of several programming languages
  • Communication skills to work closely with clients to gather requirements
  • Front-end and back-end coding skills
  • Ability to manage deployments in various environments, including the cloud
  • Experience with tools such as WordPress, MYSQL, JavaScript, CSS, and others depending on the organizational requirements.
3. Cloud Engineer

Over a COVID pandemic-stricken period, we have seen a rise in cloud computing as it has been a must to keep business functions performing remotely. This has seen a rise in the demand for those with the skills to migrate these processes and perform cloud-related tasks i.e., Cloud Engineers. The responsibility of a cloud engineer includes planning, monitoring, and managing an organization’s cloud system, such as Google Cloud, Microsoft 365, Slack, and others.

Skills and experience sought after in web developers include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in IT or Computer Science.
  • Strong coding skills and knowledge of programming languages, database management, network configurations cybersecurity
  • Experience with network and cloud technologies.
  • Communication skills to work closely with clients to gather requirements
4. UI/UX Designer

UI/UX designers are responsible for the design and implementation of all the experiences a user has when interacting with a digital tool, such as a website or mobile app. UI/UX collaborates with marketing personnel and designers to make sure mobile apps or websites are designed in a way that will create a pleasant and seamless experience for a user of the interface. UI/UX designers require working knowledge of technologies and software such as Sketch, InVision, Visio, HTML, CSS (SCSS), iOS, Android, Design Systems, and Adobe Creative Suite.

Skills and experience sought after in web developers include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field.
  • UI Design Portfolio
  • Ability to discuss and explain design options
  • Communication skills to work closely with stakeholders to gather requirements.
5. Data Scientist

Data scientists are analytical experts who utilize their skills in both technology and social science to find trends and manage large sets of structured and unstructured data.  A data scientist’s role combines computer science, statistics, and mathematics. They analyze, process, and model data and then interpret the results to create actionable insights and value for organizations.

Skills and experience sought after in web developers include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a quantitative field i.e., physics, maths, statistics, finance, economics, computer science, etc.
  • Analytical and business communication skills
  • An understanding of programming languages
  • Data visualization and wrangling

The career landscape is forever changing, and the aim is to always stay relevant. Software development companies in and around Durban, South Africa such as Wavesoft utilize these skills mentioned above and with further technological advancement will further seek after the individuals that possess some of the above-mentioned skills and knowledge. Check out our Careers section on our website and be on the lookout for the next step into your career. 

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