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Undergraduate & honours studies

College of Economic and Management Science

Career fields

Career field Description Possible job titles
Accounting Sciences

Accounting Sciences cover the fields of financial accounting, management accounting, auditing, internal auditing and taxation. Most of the qualifications offered are accredited by professional bodies for instance the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), The South African Institute
of Professional Accountants (SAIPA), The Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Institute of Internal Auditors. However, there are further requirements to be fulfilled before these bodies will allow candidates to the respective professions.

Bookkeeper, accounting clerk; credit controller; cost controller; audit technician; trainee accountant; accountant; financial accountant; management accountant; financial manager;
chartered accountant; auditor; internal auditor; tax consultant.
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.

  • Risk analyst; portfolio administrator; researcher; economist; research analyst; stockbroker; business consultant.
  • Statistical analyst; data modeller; research analyst; business analyst; management analyst; management consultant. The field of transport economics and logistics focuses 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.
  • 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.

Director, manager; management consultant; company secretary; project manager; supervisor; supply chain manager; career counsellor; human resources practitioner; life coach; labour relations practitioner; organisational development practitioner; recruitment practitioner; training manager; employee wellness manager; financial manager; investment analyst; broker;
portfolio manager; marketing manager; market researcher; brand manager; bank manager; insurance consultant; risk manager; health and safety practitioner; director general and municipal manager.
Industrial Psychology

Psychology attempts to understand the behaviour of people (as individuals or in groups). Industrial psychology focuses on career management, organisational development, learning theories and assessment within the work context. To register as a psychometristor industrial psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, you need to complete your training up to honours or master’s degree level, 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.

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. For other careers in law, go to the College of Law.