Maybe when you hear the term “South African Government Jobs” what springs immediately to your mind is something like a police officer, a correctional officer or some kind of traditional desk job like accountancy. And while all of these are indeed jobs available within the South African government job market there are others that you may find more to your liking, especially if you are looking for something of a different challenge. How about one of these career paths? What less usual South African government jobs could you consider and what educational requirements will you need to meet in order to obtain one.
Teaching Government Jobs
Teaching is not the easiest profession in the world but it can, for some, be one of the most rewarding. Within the South African Government system there are defined educational requirements for teachers but those do vary slightly depending upon just where within the overall school system you would like to teach.
For a Foundation Phase teacher the basic requirements are a BEd (Bachelor of Education) in Early Childhood Development, a two year National Diploma in Education (NQF6) or, if you haven’t completed a BEd but wish to pursue a teaching career, an Education Foundation Phase postgraduate certificate. A Foundation Phase teacher provides the kind of broad, basic education that the very youngest students need so they do not need to choose a particular subject to specialise in.
If on the other hand the idea of working with older students appeals to you and you would prefer to work with the young minds in the grades four to nine, or even in high school you will need to choose a discipline to focus on. This will mean completing a four year Bachelor of Education (BEd) in that subject.
The variety of teaching jobs available is rather wide, as varied as the schools you are likely to be employed to teach in. And in addition to meeting the educational requirements you will have to demonstrate qualities like patience, the ability to maintain order and discipline and the ability to build a rapport with people, both children and students.
A Biodiversity Officer working for the South African government is employed by the Department of Environmental Affairs. The environment is a hot button issue all over the world, but especially in South Africa. A Biodiversity Officer is an individual managing, enhancing and possibly most importantly protecting the localities they are assigned to. This may mean working ‘out in the wild’ or within an urban area and it is certainly a diverse career that has a built in growth factor.
The educational requirements to work in this field usually include a four year Bachelor degree but the discipline that is held in can vary from one of the sciences to administrative fields such as business management.
These are just two of the less usual fields people consider to be ‘South Africa government jobs’ There are many more to explore and if you are a student, new grad or potential career changer they may all be well worth exploring.