University degrees are not always a prerequisite, but certainly help potential employees earn higher salaries, Lars Fischer, Michael Page South Africa Operations Director, says.

And while graduates tend to earn more than their peers, Fischer said employees without degrees can still earn up to R1.2 million per year in the right jobs.

Statistics South Africa in 2017 estimated that South Africans with a bachelor’s degree earn 330% more than those without any tertiary education.

The typical salary for employees with grade 12 is R59,724 per annum versus R160,536 for employees with a diploma, and R258,324 for employees with a degree.

Michael Page’ Fischer gave Business Insider South Africa a list of the five top-earning careers in the country where you don’t need a degree.

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You’re trying to decide what to study and the options seem endless – how do you know what is the right path for you? Studying is an investment in your future, but how do you ensure you get the best return on that investment?

A business management qualification does just that – it can open up a number of career pathways, and top-earning ones at that.

We’ve put together some top positions available to those with a business qualification:


Yes, it might take you a while to get there, but with a business qualification, you’re on the right path.

Chief executives plan, coordinate, and oversee the operational activities of companies. They work to ensure that their companies meet their goals. Chief executives work in a variety of public and private-sector industries.

Although they earn, on average, the highest salary of all management positions, they also work extremely long hours and are essentially responsible for the success of their companies.

Computer and Information Systems Manager

With IT being one of the fastest growing sectors, there is a continuous demand for people with these skills.

Computer and information systems managers (also known as information technology managers) plan, coordinate, and oversee technology-related activities within an organization. They determine the information technology needs of a company, and then implement programs to see that these needs are met.

They also direct and oversee the work of other information technology workers. IT managers can work in a variety of fields that rely on technology.

Marketing Manager

Do you have a flair for the creative and enjoy coming up with new innovative and inspiring ideas? Marketing could be the path for you!

Marketing managers plan and oversee programs to generate interest in a service or product. A marketing manager identifies markets for its company’s products and develops strategies to maximize profits and customer satisfaction. The manager works with sales, public relations, and product development to ensure the success of each marketing program.

Financial Manager

Whoever said finance people are boring never spent a day in their shoes.

Financial managers oversee the financial health of an organization. They help devise long-term financial goals for their organization and implement these plans through investment activities, financial reports, and analysis of market trends. They typically work closely with other managers to make financial decisions for the company.

Sales Manager

It might be cliché, but some people literally can sell ice to an Eskimo!

Sales managers direct their organization’s sales department or team. They set sales goals and implement training programs and work strategies to improve employees’ sales records.

Public Relations Manager

If public opinion is what drives you and you have a flair for influencing others, you could be the next PR Guru.

Public relations managers plan and oversee programs that ensure a favourable public image for their employer or client. They also typically work to raise funds for the company. Their work may involve developing public relations programs and media releases, and developing and planning fundraising events and strategies.

Human Resource Manager

Do you play by the rules of the game and you enjoy meeting new people? If you answered yes, then a career in HR could be for you.

Human resource managers spend their time performing many tasks. Their primary responsibility tends to be overseeing the administrative functions that take place within the organizations that they work for; this includes recruiting new workers, hiring them and preparing them for their roles.

Many human resources managers also ensure that their employers stay in compliance with employee labour laws and regulations. Some of them even spend part of their time overseeing many bookkeeping tasks, including payroll and compensation duties.

General and Operations Manager

Are you an all-rounder with strong leadership skills? Being a General Manager could be your ideal career path.

General managers (also known as operations managers) direct a variety of different operations. Their duties may include managing the daily operations of an office or company, formulating policies, or developing and overseeing specific projects.

ELMI has a selection of business management courses just for you. Take a look and register today. put out an article about the top 11 reasons millenials get fired, and the top five are: the need for independence, lack of confidence, anxiety, miscommunication, and that millenials lack vision. Essentially, the main reason millennials get fired is because they can’t collaborate, they lack confidence in themselves and their decisions, which can lead to anxiety, they struggle presenting and communicating, and are not critically thinking to see overall goals and vision.

These are what we in the education world call “soft skills.”

They’re secondary to the “essential” work of school, which is English, math, science, history, algebra, British Literature, the starting and end date of the French Revolution, what an igneous rock is- okay, now I’m being sarcastic.

I think it’s time we stop calling them soft skills, because there’s nothing soft about getting fired from your job, or never getting hired in the first place.

We need to call them what they really are: essential skills. They are skills that are absolutely necessary to thrive in the modern world. I mean, how is the ability to collaborate not the most emphasized standard in the Common Core? It’s not even its own standard! It’s no wonder people are being fired for not knowing how to work together; we don’t teach it. We don’t emphasize it. And the result is division and the inability to seek compromise. Sound familiar?

Young adults struggle with confidence. I wonder if having kids take roughly 112 mandatory high-stakes tests between kindergarten and senior year, tests that only measure a sliver of who you really are and what you’re really capable of, but are the deciding factor for your future, has anything to do with it. I wonder if that has anything to do with skyrocketing anxiety as well?

People are fired for not having vision; for thinking they are just a cog in a machine? For many students, that’s what school is for them. Sit quietly, learn this information, regurgitate it on a test, and then move to the next level. We want millennials to see the big picture and understand why they’re doing certain tasks? Maybe this should start with school, and if we can’t explain why students are learning a certain subject, then we shouldn’t teach it.

People struggle to communicate? Well, have we taught them to communicate? Or are they sitting in rows most of the time, not being allowed to talk.

“But I have to have them do that. They’ve got to learn this information. I’m accountable for them to do well on these tests!”

And that’s exactly my point. This isn’t teachers’ fault. It’s a systematic error.

We need to change things up, and I think that starts with us stop calling communication, collaboration, critical thinking, work ethic, and confidence “soft skills.” Instead, let’s call them “essential skills.” Because they are essential, arguably more essential than your ability to memorize facts and equations.

“But wait, we can measure someone’s ability to memorize facts and equations. We can’t do that with those skills.”

Oh, is that why we put so much more emphasis on the hard skills, because they’re easier to measure and keep track of, and compare?

Not a good enough reason.

Because 92% of talent professionals and hiring managers say that soft skills are just as important, if not more important, than hard skills.

Am I saying we should stop teaching the core subjects in school? No! An educated society is a healthier society, and we still need to know how to read, write, solve, observe, experiment, and learn subject matter. But I do think we need to adjust the benchmarks a bit, and not just emphasize knowing the information, but also how students obtain it. And present it. And what they do with it.

We need to teach essential skills. And the truth is, when students have these fundamental skills, and are confident, creative, critical thinking, hard working collaborators, you’ll find learning that other stuff comes much easier. And they can still do well on those big, bad tests.

Although, I think we should change those up too. But that’s for another article.