SINGAPORE — Demand for digital talent skyrocketed in 2019 as Singapore continued its push towards becoming a Smart Nation, and companies accelerated their own transformation journeys. Here are some of the fastest-growing jobs in the city state this year, based on Yahoo Finance searches.
1. AI Specialist
Singapore’s lead in the global race for attracting robotic and AI investments kicked AI Specialists to the top of this year’s list. Global giants with AI facilities in the city state include Alibaba Group, Salesforce, YITU Technology and Adatos. Demand is expected to intensify with Singapore’s recently announced national AI strategy, which includes its plans to deploy AI at a national scale, and become a global leader in the developing and deploying the technology by 2030. Those seeking a job in the field should purse skills in TensorFlow, machine learning, Python, and computer vision, according to a LinkedIn, which put AI Specialist at the top of its list of fastest growing jobs in 2019.
2. Robotics Engineer
Increasing use of robotics – from chatbots to driverless technology - in industries from manufacturing and healthcare to hospitality and education put demand for Robotics Engineers capable of building and deploying Robotics Process Automation (RPA) software second only to AI specialists. Robotic Engineers automate mundane tasks or processes, speeding them up significantly to reduce costs, grow revenue and improve customer experience. Demand is expected to increase further – Singapore currently has the world’s second most automated workplace, with advisory, broking and solutions firm Willis Towers Watson projecting that robots will account for 29% of all work done by companies in Singapore in 2020.
3. Data Scientist
With access to a growing amount of data, organisations are looking to data scientists to unlock trends, and generate actionable insights that will allow them to deliver more relevant products, streamline business practices, and identify business opportunities. In the four years to 2017, jobs in data science jumped by 17 times, and according to a LinkedIn study, data scientists continued to be the most-viewed profession in LinkedIn in 2019. According to Singapore’s Economic Development Board, data analytics industry will contribute an estimated US$730 million to the nation’s economy annually.
4. Cyber security analyst
Demand for cyber security analysts grew across industries this year alongside growing awareness of cyber threats. It was cited among the top five jobs in demand in Singapore by LinkedIn, as well as recruitment consultancies Robert Half and BGC. According to Robert Half, cyber security analysts can expect salaries ranging from S$90,000 to S$150,000, depending on how relevant the candidate’s experience is. Cyber security analysts are responsible for protecting sensitive information, including information stored in computer networks, cloud servers, and mobile devices, as well as for designing firewalls, monitoring the use of data files and protecting the network.
5. Human Resource Officer
Hiring in the human resource industry increased 48 per cent this year, and will continue to increase over the next three years, according to recruitment consultancy Michael Page, who places Chief Human Resource Officer among Singapore’s highest paying job at $275,000 per annum on average. According to BGC, organisations are looking to recruit professionals with strong experience in HR technologies and talent acquisition. As competition for technology-related skills heats up, it has also driven an increasing demand for those with relevant talent acquisition experience in the technology sector.