1. Legal Service Provider – R175 000 p/m average.
To be a legal service adviser you need to be a Jack of all trades and master of one art; double speech. Legal service providers offer counsel to people having problems with the law, labour disputes or personal and financial difficulties. In order to get into this business one needs to ask themselves a very important question: How great are my skills when it comes to manipulating situations to my greatest personal benefit? A law degree would also be a compulsory requirement.
2. Chief Investment Officer – R140 400 p/m
To be a great CIO you need to know money better than your A,B,Cs. It’s safe to assume that higher education qualifications in finance, economics and accounting would be rather handy to attain this position, but that doesn’t mean street hustlers willing to sell their mothers for a buck can be completely discounted from the role either.
3. IT Director (information technology) – R129 167 p/m
As an IT Director chances are you’ll have had to mix your computer skills, with business savvy and attained some managerial skills while you were at it. That doesn’t mean you’ll be a well adjusted individual. It simply means you’re really good at giving instructions, playing with algorithms (whatever they are), while getting the job done. It’s not that you won’t be liked, just don’t expect to be. If that comes, take it as a bonus.
4. Financial systems manager – R120 000 p/m
Qualifications in accounting here are a must. In order to be able to become a financial systems manager, you need to be able to understand complex finance systems be able to create strategies for companies to manage their finances and see that they are put to the most effective use possible. It also means that you need to be able to relay these complex strategies in normal people speak so that employees and managers understand the direction the company is headed in financially. It also means that you need to have your own Kevlar vest and a face innocent enough that it inspires nothing but love and compassion. These imperatives come in light of the fact that you will be devising retrenchment strategies; budget cut-backs and will most likely be called upon when it comes time to fire people.
5. Neurologist – R120 000 p/m
Firstly the six years of medical school and additional five years of residency training in neurology are a non-negotiable. All this effort is to make sure that when given the permission to play with peoples brains, you can prove that yours works at least 500 times better than theirs.
6. Corporate Director – R115 000 p/m
To become a corporate director you have to spend a lot of time climbing the corporate ladder and show leadership skills from the onset of entering the business environment. The job is earned through appointment by company shareholders, so make sure you stand out from all other shareholders in the company. A corporate director would be best exemplified in Alec Baldwin’s character Jack Donaghy in the popular tv series 30 Rock. One piece of advice: Be a shark.
7. Marketing Segmentation Manager – R108 333 p/m
Marketing segmentation managers need to have a thorough understanding of marketing and sales, be able to establish and maintain business with customers, all the while looking for more. Simply having an outgoing personality doesn’t cut it. Candidates with four-year degrees are given preference. Those though with MBAs are immediately considered employable. In essence you need to be a people person with a strategic brain in your head. Don’t forget to smile.
8. Research and Development Executive (Business Planning) – R108 333 p/m
If you are prepared to do business planning as a full-time occupation, you deserve the salary you’re getting at the end of month. All you need are the necessary qualifications within the field of business and the patience required to sit behind a screen and make business sense of the random ideas and thoughts people have.
9. Welder (Factory and Manufacturing) – R106 200 p/m
If you’re trying to become a welder know that the qualifications vary for the profession and for would-be employers. You might simply have a high school diploma and all they’ll ask you to do is complete tests set by them. Others require certificates or undergraduate degrees from technical schools. Let’s just say use your own discretion when it comes to this career path but make sure you hone your craft.
10. Project Control Manager (Executive and Management) – R 101 160 p/m
Project control managers are people who are in charge of any given project companies run at any time. They need to know all the business jargon that comes with the job such as: Fiscal Integrity, Change Management, Estimating, Contract Business, process compliance and maximising margin. Knowing all of this and having substantial years in the field and a minimum of a university degree might put you in good stead to become one of them: Management.
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