Singapore’s most in-demand jobs in 2021
After covering the most in-demand skills, we now turn our focus on the most in-demand jobs in Singapore this year. As you read, keep in mind that while some of these jobs may differ in name and even descriptions sometimes, the skills applied are the same.
We recommend reading the descriptions carefully as the similarities aren’t difficult to spot, as well as research to get more information.
The fact that these jobs mentioned rely on or are technology-based, is not a coincidence. The market is headed into the new shift that places us in the direct path that leads to a new digital age. The tech jobs are the most in-demand and have only been created recently.
In 2021, Singapore is going to see demand in:
- Accounting jobs
On a heat map, accounting jobs would be glowing red with demand. It was estimated that there would be 2,000 new accounting jobs created last year. Some in-demand roles in the same sector include analysis, financial planning, accountancy, and accountants’ assistant.
- Care workers for the elderly
Singapore is a country with an aging population. Due to superb healthcare, the residents tend to enjoy longer lifespans, leading to an accumulation of elderly people in the population. It is estimated that by 2050, more than 40% of the population will be age 60 or higher. The Ministry of Health estimated that Singapore would need 30,000 more health care workers specifically for the elderly population in 2020.
Diploma in Community Care for the Elderly (Coleman College)
Specialist Diploma in Gerontology (Temasek Polytechnic)
Specialist Diploma in Healthy Ageing and Community Care for Seniors (Republic Polytechnic)
The growing need for care workers has led to the Singaporean government's decision to take a serious approach to address the issue. It has spent time and money on funding, recruiting workers, increasing the country's capacity to house and care for elderly people, and regulating the industry that will inevitably arise out of that need.
On top of that, the local governments are undertaking projects to upgrade home and center-based care services offered.
- Cybersecurity professionals
Data breaches are becoming more common. Many countries have been hard hit, with the largest and most successful economies attracting a huge percentage of attacks. Singapore cannot afford to be crippled by cybersecurity issues, which has led to the boom in cybersecurity specialists.
The specialists are hired to safeguard systems, protect sensitive information and keep crucial mechanisms and infrastructures running without a hitch, among other critical tasks.
Computer networks, mobile devices, cloud servers, on-premises servers, and other types of vulnerable devices and networks all need security. Security also includes building or strengthening firewalls, monitoring and controlling the use of data, and protecting entire networks from threats in real-time.
- Data scientists
Because of the increase in competition between businesses, the need for analytics has risen. Without data, the biggest businesses would not operate smoothly. The future of global trade is based on what kind of data can be collected, analyzed, and used to make the best decisions.
Even with the advancements made in AI to make data analysis more accessible to non-technical users, the demand for data scientists is not going down any time soon.
Towards the end of 2018, 100 open positions were looking for data scientists in Singapore.
Bachelor of Science in Data and Analytics (National University of Singapore)
Bachelor of Science in Business Analytics (National University of Singapore)
Bachelor of Business, Business Analytics (National University of Singapore)
Bachelor of Business, Business Intelligence and Information Systems (James Cook University)
Specialist Diploma in Data Science (Singapore Polytechnic)
Specialist Diploma in Business and Big Data Analytics (Nanyang Polytechnic)
- Human resource professionals
Human resource pros with experience using human resource technologies and have a good grasp of modern talent acquisition processes. The demand is growing for HR professionals who can acquire talent for the technology sector especially.
Specific demand exists in the IT, tech, and digital industries. The pay hikes in these specific industries could be up to 20% higher than what most companies are willing to pay HR professionals.
- Customer service
This industry is expected to grow bigger. The positions in-demand within the Singaporean customer service industry include concierges (also known as help-desk personnel), customer care consultancy services, customer service officers, and customer service assistants.
Even with automation becoming more commonplace, some of these positions need the human touch and, in some sectors, the need for human agents is growing. People do not like talking to bots or reading FAQs. They want to talk to real people who can understand issues and solve them immediately.
Historically, degrees and diplomas are not necessary to make it in this sector.
Many marketing roles are moving away from traditional methods of trade to eCommerce. The digital domain is different, requiring a vast array of skills to communicate products and services effectively to the hyperconnected, modern audience.
Skills in-demand in the market include:
- Search Engine Optimization services (SEO)
- Web designers and programmers
- Communication experts
- Data scientists and analysts
- Social media marketers
- Graphic designers
- Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and robotics engineers
The world of artificial intelligence and machine learning is growing with rapid adoption in many industries. The markets are all moving towards automation. It is inevitable that if companies can replace people they have to pay, they will.
It takes special skills to work with AI, robotics, and machine learning models, explaining the demand in the sector.
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