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College of Economic and Management Science

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Career field Description Possible job titles
Economic Sciences

Economic Sciences cover economics, decision sciences as well as the field of transport economics, logistics and tourism. Economics studies the production and allocation of resources and includes a number of focus areas, such as applied economics, managerial economics, econometrics, development economics and natural resource economics.

Decision sciences applies mathematical, statistical and computer science-related tools to the analysis and solving of business problems.

Transport economics and logistics focus on the allocation and planning of resources to transport goods and people from one point to another. These principles are also applied within the tourism industry.

Risk analyst; portfolio administrator; researcher; economist; research analyst; stockbroker; business consultant.




Statistical analyst; data modeller; research analyst; business analyst; management analyst; management consultant.

Distribution manager; logistics manager; purchasing manager; supply chain manager; travel and tourism practitioner; event organiser.

Management Sciences Management Sciences focus on the management of business firms and government departments. The departments within the School of Management Sciences provide learning opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs, managers and leaders. The field covers diverse areas such as strategic-, financial, marketing, human resources, operational and supply chain management; risk management and safety studies. Qualifications are also offered in order to prepare graduates for the retail, financial services and government sectors of the economy. Administrative manager; bank manager; brand manager; broker; company secretary; director general; director; employee wellness practitioner; entrepreneur; executive coach; financial manager; health and safety practitioner; human resources practitioner; insurance consultant; investment analyst; labour relations practitioner; management consultant; manager; market researcher; marketing manager; municipal manager; office manager; organisational development practitioner; portfolio manager; project manager; recruitment practitioner; risk manager; small business development practitioner; supervisor; supply chain manager; and training practitioner.
Industrial Psychology Industrial psychology focuses on career management, organisational development, learning theories and assessment within the work context. To register as an industrial psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, you need to complete your master’s degree, and meet other requirements such as completing an internship and passing a professional board examination. Human resources practitioner; coach; employee wellness practitioner; community development practitioner; training facilitator.
Public Sector Careers in the public sector focus on the development, implementation and evaluation of public policies, programmes and services at local, provincial or national level. Opportunities also exist at nongovernmental, national and international aid organisations. Accountant; human resource practitioner; communications practitioner; procurement manager; administrative officer; financial manager; public policy analyst; development economist; monitoring and evaluation practitioner.
Law Knowledge of mercantile law is beneficial in careers in human resources management and economics since it allows one to understand issues related to companies, taxation, labour relations and insurance. Private law focuses on aspects such as contracts, obligations, property and trusts.

Labour relations practitioner; HR practitioner; tax practitioner; economist; researcher; legal administrator; policy advisor; manager. Click here for other careers in law.

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