The Critical Skills List

The Critical Skills List is crucial to applicants making an application under the Critical Skills visa category; and in June 2014, Home Affairs updated and made this list public.

 The list was published by the Gazette, is in a PDF format and available on the Department of Home Affairs website. The published list is a poorly scanned PDF and difficult to navigate, so we’ve taken the liberty to simplify the industry category list while keeping all the original job titles as per the list.  

 In order for you to qualify for a Critical Skills visa, it is imperative that you have the necessary qualifications, skills, and experience in one of the sectors listed below:

 

Agriculture, Agricultural Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agriculture Engineer

  • Agriculture Scientist

  • Forestry Technician

  • Sheep Shearer

Architecture and the Built Environment

  • Architect

  • Construction Project Manager

  • Land Surveyor

  • Quantity Surveyor

  • Urban and Regional Planner

Business, Economics and Management Studies

  • Actuaries and Risk Assessors

  • Corporate General Manager

  • External Auditor

  • Financial Investment Advisor

Information Communication and Technology

  • CISCO Solution Specialist

  • CISCO Engineers

  • Solutions Architects in Telecommunication & ICT

  • Integrated Developers (PHP, Perl, Java)

  • Network Analyst

  • IT Security Specialist

  • System Integration Specialist

  • Enterprise Architecture

  • Data Centre Operations

  • Network Specialist (Security)

  • Database Specialists

  • Microsoft System Engineers

  • Network Controllers

  • Anti-Virus Specialist

  • Desktop Support Engineer

Engineering

  • Energy Engineer

  • Metallurgical Engineer

  • Chemical Engineer

  • Civil Engineer

  • Electrical Engineer

  • Electrical Installation Inspector

  • Electronics Engineer

  • Geologist

  • Industrial and Production Engineer

  • Industrial Designer

  • Manufacturing Manager

  • Materials Engineer

  • Mechanical Engineer

  • Mining Engineer

  • Production/Operations Manager

  • Research and Development Manager

  • Ship's Engineer

  • Telecommunications Engineer

  • Electrical Engineering Technologist

  • Energy Engineering Technologist

  • Mechanical Engineering Technologist

  • Metallurgical Engineering Technologist

  • Mining Engineering Technologist

  • Metallurgical Engineering Technologist

  • Air Conditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber

  • Automotive Electrician

  • Automotive Motor Mechanic

  • Boiler Maker

  • Chemical Engineering Technologist

  • Civil Engineering Technologist

  • Diesel Mechanic Electronics Engineering Technologist

  • Fitter and Turner

  • Materials Engineering Technologist

  • Mechatronics Technician

  • Metal Fabricator

  • Physical and Engineering Science Technicians

  • Pressure Welder

  • Structural Plaster

  • Toolmaker

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Medical Superintendent/Public Health Manager

  • Public Health Physician

  • General and Specialist Medical Practitioner

  • Hospital Pharmacist

  • Nursing Professional

  • Veterinarian

  • Registered Nurse (child and family health)

  • Retail Pharmacist

Life and Earth Sciences

  • Environmental Engineers

  • Environmental Manager

  • Industrial Pharmacist

  • Aquatic Scientist

  • Animal Scientist

  • Advanced Composites Engineering

  • Archaeological/Paleontological Specialist

  • Bioeconomist

  • Biochemist

  • Bioinformatician

  • Bioinformaticist

  • Biological Scientist

  • Chemical Scientist

  • Computational Biologist

  • Environmental Scientist

  • Ecological Scientist

  • Food Scientist

  • Engineering Geologist  

  • Geochemist

  • Geohazards Specialist

  • Geologist

  • Geophysicist

  • Laboratory Technologist and Technician

  • Marine Bioscientist

  • Materials Scientist

  • Metallurgical Scientist

  • Metrology Microbiological Scientist

  • Polymer Scientist

  • Protein Scientist

  • Seismologist Soil Scientist

  • Toxicology Scientist

  • Water Resource Scientist

Professionals and Associate Professionals

  • Land and Engineering Surveyor

  • Electronic Engineering Technician

  • Materials Engineering Technologist

  • Electrical Engineering Technician

  • Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Practitioner

  • Draughtsperson

  • Mechanical Engineering Technician

  • Chemical Engineering Technician

  • Organisation and Methods Analyst (including Scheduler, Estimator)

  • Surveying Technician Geomatics Technician Quantity Surveying Technician Civil Engineering Technician

  • Materials Engineer Nondestructive Testing (NDT)

  • Materials Engineering Technician - Road materials

  • Materials Tester

  • Construction Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) Agent/Manager/ Officer

  • Aeronautical Engineer

  • Architectural Senior Technologist

  • Architectural Technologist

  • Architectural Draughtsperson

  • Astronomer

  • Physicist (SKA)

  • Geomagnetic Physicist

  • Solar Physicist

  • Space Physicist

  • Plasma Physicist

  • Space Technologist

  • Space Weather Specialist

  • Magnetic Technology Specialist

  • Radar Engineering

  • Radio Frequency Engineering

  • Environmental Technologist

  • Industrial Engineer

  • Industrial Engineering Technologist

  • Industrial Engineering Technician

  • Landscape Architect

  • Landscape Contract Manager

  • Landscape Horticulturalist

  • Mining Technician

Trades

  • Millwright

  • Boilermaker

  • Industry Machinery Mechanic

  • Pipe Fitter

  • Double Coded Welder

  • Rigger

  • Moulder

  • Raise-bore Operators

  • Raise-bore Foreman

Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)

  • Software Development Engineer and Manager

  • Systems Architects, Engineer or Manager

  • Foreign Language Speaker for specialist language support (German, Swiss German, Flemish, Greek, Swedish, Danish, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin, and French)

  • Business Analyst

  • Quality Analyst

  • Quality Assurance Specialist/Auditor

  • Customer Service Manager/Team Lead

Academics and Researchers

  • Doctoral Graduate (acquired abroad), research in any of the following areas:

    • Galaxy Formation and Evolution

    • Galaxy Structure and Dynamics

    • Pulsars and Black Holes

    • Pulsars and Gravitational Waves

    • Deep Observations of the earliest Radio Galaxies

    • Dynamic and Transient Bursts

    • VLBI Operations

    • Search for CO to investigate role of Molecular Hydrogen

    • Deep Surveys of Neutral Hydrogen

    • Gas in the Early Universe

    • Cosmology and Dark Energy

    • Cosmic Magnetism

    • Calibration and Imaging of Radio Interferometer data

    • Pulsars Research

    • Pulsars and Gravitational Waves

    • VLBI Operations

    • Signal Processing

    • Observational Radio Astronomy in General

    • Algorithm for Radio Astronomy

    • Signal Processing for Radio Astronomy

    • Supercomputing for Radio Astronomy

    • Software Development for Radio Astronomy

    • Data and Streaming - Real-Time Processing of Massive Data Amounts

    • Green Computing - Extreme Performance at Minor Energy Costs

    • Performance at Minor Energy Costs EMC and Spectrum Management

    • Beam Modelling

    • Antenna Modelling

    • Feeds for Radio Astronomy Systems

    • Receivers for Radio Astronomy Systems Signal Processing for Radio Astronomy

    • High Speed Data Transport

    • Nano-photonics - Data Transport Power

    • Nanotechnology

    • Palaeosciences

    • Reduction over Short and Long distances

    • Antenna Design

    • Antenna Foundation Design

    • RFI Shielded Buildings and Facilities

    • Advanced Manufacturing

    • Space Science and Technology

    • Global Change

    • Energy Security

    • Information Communication Technology

    • Earth Observation

    • Natural and Applied Sciences

  • Doctoral Graduate (acquired in RSA)

To access the original list published by Home Affairs, please visit: 

http://www.dha.gov.za/images/immigration_critical_skills.pdf