Why not start the new year with a new set of in-demand skills? Have you ever considered a career in tech? You may be unaware but IT and Technology remains one of the top employment sectors for earning potential in South Africa, a trend that is expected to continue in the coming years.
Did you know that there is a skills gap in the technology sector in South Africa? This means that in a country with the highest unemployment rate in the world; there is still plenty of opportunity and demand within the technology sector.
An even greater benefit to this is that with the high demand and the low skillset, salaries are being pushed up as employers attempt to attract great developers.
Now, you may be thinking, “but I could never learn to code!” Well, HyperionDev firmly believes that anyone can learn to code and with our online coding bootcamps, you can go from beginner to expert in six months or less and avoid the fees of a traditional degree.
These are just some of the many reasons why a career in the technology sector could offer you the job security you are looking for or the salary you’ve been dreaming of.
Let’s take a look at some of the most in-demand jobs in the South African technology sector to guide you on your way to your new career in code:
Cloud Computing ☁️
Average annual salary according to Payscale: R640 000
After the results of the Covid-19 pandemic, the work-from-home model has been embraced by companies worldwide. In a report conducted by Open Source Jobs companies have increased their use of cloud technologies by 61% in the last year. This has increased the need for collaborative tools hosted on the cloud such as Google Apps or Microsoft Teams. Not only do startup organisations need cloud computing skilled employees but many organisations that already exist require digital transformation which means upgrading to the latest technologies and running as much as possible in the cloud. Check out HyperionDev’s Full Stack Web & Software Engineer Bootcamp to learn more.
Python Developer 🐍
Average annual salary according to Payscale: R389k
Python is the most popular programming language among frontend, backend and full-stack developers in South Africa. The programming language fuels careers in Data Science and Software Engineering. Currently ranked first on the TIOBE index, Python’s versatility and ease of use enable it to keep up with market trends. Used in world-renowned platforms such as Google, Netflix, Spotify, Uber and Amazon, the demand for a role as a Python developer is not going anywhere. Python developers are often among the highest-paid software engineers. HyperionDev’s Software Engineering and Data Science bootcamps are a popular option for those looking to learn Python.
Software Engineer 👨🏽💻
Average annual salary according to Payscale: R371 699
As a result of the rapid digitisation of the world, the demand for software engineers remains constant throughout all industries. According to Engineering News, the need for software engineers will improve by 25-30% globally in years to come. In order for popular technologies to be powered such as Artificial Intelligence, cryptocurrency, smartphones and more, software engineering is needed to develop and maintain these technologies across all industries. Check out HyperionDev’s Software Engineering Bootcamp to learn more.
Data Scientist 📈
Average annual salary according to Payscale: from R428 554 to R449 030
The need for people with expertise in data analysis arises from companies using data for insights and commercialising it. Data-driven decisions and data management enable companies to make decisions based on solid evidence. Advancing technology and solving issues with an analytical approach have become crucial in a company’s metrics and how it reaches its audiences. Check out HyperionDev’s Data Scientist Bootcamp to learn more.
Full Stack Web Developer 👩💻
Average annual salary according to SalaryExpert: R730 841
In an industry where statistics show an ever-increasing demand, why not become a jack of all trades? A full-stack developer’s primary responsibilities are versatile and include designing user interactions on websites and developing servers and databases for website functionality. The need for this role stems from a developer’s ability to offer the full package. In an effort to use fewer resources, employers desire web developers with a broad range of skills and experience with different technologies needed to complete a project. The demand for this role is high as all skills required are crucial as often software products require a great deal of agility and flexibility. Check out HyperionDev’s Full Stack Web Developer Bootcamp to learn more.
As you can see the future of developers in South Africa is generally bright, with job roles expanding to meet individual needs rather than employers offering generic positions with fixed descriptions. If you are looking for a high-paying and stable career path then enrol in one of our online coding bootcamps, which start on the 5th of each month and take you from absolute beginner to job-ready in just 3 to 6 months.
Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 26 October 2017 and has been updated on 12 January 2023.