So you’ve read our “High Paying Jobs in Singapore that Don’t Require a Degree in 2019” article. And now you’re wondering what some of the hottest and best industries in Singapore to break into are.
In this article, Singapore recruitment agency BGC Group will be listing 10 of the most in-demand jobs in Singapore this 2019. Are you ready? Read to find out more.
Believe it or not, accounting is one of the hottest roles in Singapore this year. It is estimated that approximately 2,000 new accounting jobs will be created by 2020. Other in-demand roles in this sector include accounts assistant, accountant, financial planning and analysis.
Financial services are one of the key drivers of employment growth in the first quarter of 2019. Additionally, it is reported that the government has set a target of creating 3,000 jobs between 2018 and 2020.
2. Aged Care Workers
In case you haven’t heard, Singapore is a country with an aging population. It is estimated that by 2050, over 40% of Singapore’s population will be over 60 years old. Which is why the Ministry of Health has predicted that Singapore will need an additional 30,000 health workers in various age care positions by 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)
With the growing need for more aged care workers, it is reported that the Singapore government is looking to focus on areas such as funding, capacity, manpower, and regulation. Additionally, the local government has decided to upgrade both home and center-based care services available in Singapore.
3. Cybersecurity Specialists
With a number of data breaches occurring in Singapore, it’s no wonder that cybersecurity specialists are a booming profession. These specialists are hired to protect sensitive information stored in platforms such as computer networks, cloud servers, and mobile devices to name a few.
Other tasks typically include designing firewalls, monitor the use of data files, and protect the network. For more information on how to break into Singapore’s lucrative cybersecurity and tech field, check out our article, “Kickstart Your Career in Singapore's Tech Industry with These Courses”.
4. Data Scientists
Thanks to the increase in competition between businesses have resulted in an increased need for data science and analytics. Data scientists are individuals employed to analyze and interpret complicated digital data, for instance, usage statistics of a website.
How in demand are data scientists? Towards the end of 2018, more than 100 positions were looking for Data Scientists.
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)
5. Human Resources Professionals
Human Resources professionals with strong experience in HR technologies and talent acquisition will be in big demand. There is also a growing demand for HR professionals with relevant talent acquisition experience in the technology sector.
With specific talents in demand within the IT, digital, and technology sector, those interested can expect pay hikes of up to 20 percent in these industries.
Bachelor of Human Resource Management (Singapore University of Social Sciences)
Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management (Kaplan Singapore)
HR Graduate Certificate (Singapore Management University)
Diploma in Human Resources Management and Psychology (Singapore Polytechnic)
Human Resource Management (Temasek Polytechnic)
International Human Resource Management (Republic Polytechnic)
6. Customer Service Executive
The customer service sector is expected to boom. In-demand positions within the customer service industry this year include; helpdesk officers (concierge), customer care consultant, customer service assistants, as well as customer service officers. Despite automation becoming more and more commonplace, it seems like positions with a human touch are growing in demand.
Traditionally, degrees and diplomas are not needed in order to break into the customer service industry. But some qualifications you can take include:
Bachelor of Business in Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Management (Kaplan Singapore)
Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management (Nanyang Polytechnic)
Diploma in Hotel and Hospitality Management (Republic Polytechnic)
Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management (Temasek Polytechnic)
Marketing is a booming industry with many roles in demand. The marketing landscape has undergone a large change. Skills in demand within the marketing sector include:
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Website Design and Programming
Data Science and Analytics
Social Media Marketing Skills
Basic Graphic Design Skills
According to Business Times, marketing roles with a focus on big data, e-commerce, and digital experiences will increase in demand. Because more companies are looking to continue their digitizing efforts.
Bachelor of Business(Marketing) (SIM University)
Diploma in Digital Marketing (M.A.D School)
Diploma in Marketing Management with Digital Marketing (Singapore Polytechnic)
Specialist Diploma in Digital Branding and Social Media Strategies (Ngee Ann Polytechnic)
Much like Marketing talents, sales roles are some of the most in-demand positions of the year. Individuals with great customer service, etiquette, as well as those that speak two languages (or more), are some of the most sought after.
Unlike the other industries featured in this article, the sales and retail sector is one that thrives on staff retention. Luckily for those interested, the main qualifications needed are your secondary school (O/N levels) certificate.
Despite automation and technology, customers in Singapore still prefer some face to face time. Which makes this industry a stable and lucrative one to break into.
9. UI/UX Professionals
If it seems like the tech sector is hot right now, it’s because it’s in high demand. It’s because it is. Think about it, with more and more services moving online, there is a need to redesign websites and apps in order to provide the ultimate user experience.
Which is why the role of a User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) professional is in high demand. For reference, there were approximately 800 UX and UI positions open in Singapore at the end of 2018.
Specialist Diploma in User Experience and Digital Product Design (Singapore Polytechnic)
Specialist Diploma in User Experience Design and Management (Nanyang Polytechnic)
With more and more technology and devices gaining mainstream popularity, it’s no surprise that there is a demand for technical support professionals. The role of an individual in this field varies from basic cabling to solving a range of technical problems reported to them by users. Those looking to break into or remain in this field can expect to see a slight increment in salary (from 5% to 8%).
Diploma in IT Service Desk Management (Temasek Polytechnic)
Diploma in Information Technology (Nanyang Polytechnic)