Scarce Skills Can Guarantee A Job! Here Is What To Study

Scarce skills are skills that are in high demand in South Africa, and these can be obtained through studying a scarce skill course at Matric College.

Below is a list of the courses offered at Matric College that offer scarce skills that you can study: 

Our NATED courses are offered in partnership with Bellview Institute of Distance Learning.

Scarce skills are skills that are not occupied by many people in the workspace. This leaves a gap in certain occupations because there are not enough qualified or experienced people. As a result, these skills are known to be in demand and pay good salaries because they are so scarce.

Why Is It Important To Have A Scarce Skill?

It is important to have a scarce skill because of the following: 

  • Employment 
  • Recognition
  • Good salary 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Promotion


When you have scarce skills, you become a unique candidate. There are very few people with this set of skills. This automatically helps you stand out in workplaces. Employers will want to hire you because they know you have what it takes to advance their company.


When you have scarce skills, it is easy to be recognised in the workplace. You will be considered for promotional positions and important business meetings. As a result, you will be valued and well-treated because you have skills that not everyone has.

Good Salary

People with scarce skills are well paid. Their careers are respected and rewarded. These people work on several duties that are hard and this is why they receive good salaries because they work on important tasks.


Scarce skills are great for entrepreneurship. They are business-related and can help you start a business that will be successful. With these skills, you will be able to run a business that will attract clients and generate a high income.


Scarce skills can help you gain a promotion at work. You have a better chance to receive this because you are qualified more than a lot of people.

Watch Jan Badenhorst, Our CEO of Matric College, discuss everything you need to know about the scarce skills and the (ICB)

How Do I Choose A Career With Good Jobs?

You can choose a career with good occupations by doing the following: 

  • High School Subjects 
  • College Courses

High School Subjects

Subjects that you study in high school play an important role in the career you can follow. If you would like to choose a career that is good for employment, you can study subjects that have Mathematics. 

Mathematics is valued by universities. Most institutions use Mathematics as a requirement. They may require that you have 60% and above marks on this subject, to study any of their scarce skill courses. 

If you want to work in the business industry, you can study subjects such as: 

  • Accounting 
  • Business Studies 
  • Economics 
  • Mathematics 

If you want to be in the scientific field, you can study the following subjects: 

  • Mathematic 
  • Physical Sciences 
  • Life Sciences 
  • Geography 

These subjects will help you gain access to university. There, you will be able to choose the career you want. Below is a list of some of the careers that are good occupations and scarce skills that you can follow: 

  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Agricultural Farm Manager 
  • Application Development Manager 
  • Architect 
  • General Medical Practitioner 
  • Actuary 
  • Chief Information Officer 
  • Civil Engineer 
  • Data Scientist 
  • Draughtsperson
  • General Accountant 
  • Geologist 
  • Geophysicist 
  • Hydrologist
  • Project Manager
  • ICT Security Specialist
  • Industrial Engineer 
  • Internal Auditor
  • Investment Advisor 
  • Mechanical Engineer 
  • Network Analyst 
  • Quantity Surveyor

If you do not meet the university requirements, you can study a scarce skill course at Matric College. We do not require that you have specific marks or background knowledge. You can study some of our courses without a Matric Certificate. You can gain scarce skills and an accredited qualification which you can use to find employment or open a business.

College Courses

You can choose scarce skills courses at a college that will lead to a good career. These courses are available at Matric College. They are best for employment because of the following: 

  • They are in demand in South Africa 
  • They are accredited by the ICB, DHET and the QCTO
  • They are recognised by SAQA 
  • They offer skills and knowledge 
  • They train you for the work environment

Who Can Study A Scarce Skills Course?

Anyone can study a scarce skills course at Matric College. If you meet the requirements for a course, you can study. 

However, you must note that scarce skills courses are demanding. You must be willing to work hard in order to pass. This is possible because we have study material tutors and course experts to assist you in your studies. 

Below is a list of things you can also do to pass your course: 

  • Make a timetable 
  • Study daily or at least four times a week 
  • Contact your tutors regularly to ask questions 
  • Use your learning material when studying 
  • Ask more questions when you feel challenged 
  • Aim for marks higher than 50% 
  • Do more research on topics on the internet 
  • Practise how to answer exams 
  • Write all your assessments and submit them 
  • Write your exams

Which Courses Are In High Demand In South Africa?

All ICB courses are in high demand in South Africa. ICB courses are created to equip students with business knowledge and skills. These courses offer the following skills: 

These skills are important in the workplace because they help with the following: 

  • Calculating finances 
  • Creating financial reports
  • Writing business plans 
  • Balancing accounts 
  • Interpreting financial statements 
  • Auditing 
  • Bookkeeping 
  • Managing the office 
  • Managing resources/budget plans 
  • Strategic thinking 
  • Operating a computer 

NATED courses are also in demand in South Africa. These courses are created to equip students with skills that help them gain employment. These courses offer the following skills: 

These skills are important in the working environment because they assist with the following: 

  • Promotion and Selling of goods 
  • Advertisements 
  • Branding of products 
  • Management of budget 
  • Managing the staff 
  • Creating company regulations 
  • Managing company compliance with regulations 
  • Writing business plans 
  • Creating techniques on how to cut costs and increase profits 
  • Reporting from financial statements

These skills are important because they help advance a company as a whole. Not everyone can manage the company staff, and resources and make a company run successfully. This is why people with scarce skills are valued because their skills allow them to do things that other people cannot do.

Benefits Of Studying A Scarce Skill Courses At Matric College

  • Study the courses from home 
  • Cut transport and lunch costs 
  • Find help from tutors when you need it 
  • Receive the course study material from the college 
  • Be in charge of your study pace 
  • Create your own timer table 
  • Contact us in times of academic emergencies 
  • Study while working
  • Study with or without Matric 
  • Gain accredited qualifications 
  • Gain qualifications that are in demand 
  • Gain skills and knowledge for employment or entrepreneurship

Watch Jan Badenhorst, Our CEO of Matric College, discuss why you should study through us

What Career Can I Follow With A Scarce Skill Qualification?

This depends on the type of Scarce kill Qualification you have. Below is a list of the Scarce skills Qualifications you can obtain from Matric College and the career opportunities you can follow: 

ICB Business Management Qualification

  • Sales Assistant 
  • Department Supervisor 
  • General Office Manager 
  • Business Advisor 

ICB Financial Accounting Qualification

  • Senior Bookkeeper 
  • Financial Manager
  • Credit Controller  
  • Management Accountant 

ICB Office Administration Qualification

  • Office Manager 
  • Office Administrator 
  • Public Relations Officer 
  • Marketing Administrator 

Marketing Management NATED Qualification 

  • Marketing Manager 
  • Sales Manager 
  • Sales Administrator 
  • Brand Manager 

Management Assistant NATED Qualification 

  • Assistant Manager 
  • Assistant Administrator 
  • Company Secretary

Business Management NATED Qualification 

  • Business Manager 
  • Business Analyst 
  • Business Assistant 
  • Sales Administrator 

Human Resource Management NATED Qualification 

  • Human Resource Manager 
  • Human Resource Administrator 
  • Benefits Manager 
  • Administrative Clerk 

Financial Management NATED Qualification 

  • Financial Manager 
  • Accounts Clerk 
  • Finance Controller 
  • Audit Assistant

Which Career Has More Job Opportunities?

All Scarce skills careers have many opportunities. You can move from one career opportunity to another. This can either be through a promotion or by deciding to look for work in a different workplace. 

For example, a Business Assistant Manager can be promoted to Business Manager through work experience and hard work, or they can take their scarce skill qualification and the work experience they have gained and apply for a higher position in another company. They have a chance to be employed based on their qualification and experience.

Which Career Pays The Most In South Africa?

If you have a scarce skill qualification, you automatically have a better chance to receive a competitive salary. People with scarce skills are highly valued and usually work in managerial positions, which makes them earn high salaries.

Author: Mulisa Nethononda
Editor: Amy Venter
Date Published: May 27, 2022