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Farming and Veterinary jobs

You can find farming and veterinary jobs in practically every area of South Africa. There are crops to be cultivated and animals to be cared for and groomed in almost every populated location. Farming does not require a matric; however, veterinarian work does require a matric and also a college education. Grooming dogs can usually be learned under an apprentice and avoid the need for college. The pay range for these types of jobs is generally hourly and based on the minimum wage for the locality. The average salary for a farmer is about R 28 771 monthly with veterinarians making an average of R 26 000 monthly.


There are many different types of farmers in South Africa with the crops produced being based on the land. Grain is the largest industry, with maize being the highest percentage. Wheat, sugarcane, and sunflowers follow in order of production. There are more than 9 000 commercial maize farmers and many more smaller farms that produce maize. There are also citrus farms that employ many farmers. Farming is seasonal work and many farmers migrate from one crop to another as the seasons change.

Veterinary Jobs

Jobs in the veterinary and animal field vary in the amount of education needed. A veterinarian that treats animals or a veterinarian assistant is required to have a college education. Groomers, such as horse groomers and dog groomers often learn their trade as an apprentice. Dog groomers are quite popular as more people pamper their pets. Horse grooming is important in the showing horses and preparing them for races. The pay scale is obviously quite different, with a professional vet making more than a groomer; however, an experienced groomer can make a good salary and also have added bonuses in the form of tips.

If you enjoy working outdoors with nature or animals, farming and veterinary jobs are ideal for you. In some cases you don't need your matric and can earn a good salary. More sophisticated jobs, like treating sick animals, requires your matric and college degree. Consider the options if these careers sound good to you and pursue the ones you are best suited for.