According to the World Economic Forum, by 2025, increasingly redundant roles will decrease from 15.4% to 9%, while emerging job roles will grow from 7.8% to 13.5%. This trend is prominent in Singapore, whose status as a global technology hub in Southeast Asia has risen as various sectors ramp up hiring for tech roles.
According to Ravi Menon, managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, 1,700 newly created jobs are in tech roles, with software engineers comprising 30%. Going beyond that average, the fintech industry, which has only grown since the pandemic, creates about 2,500 to 3,500 jobs each year. Moreover, traditionally “offline” businesses such as food and retail are seeking out tech experts to assist them in digitalisation efforts.
Whether you are a fresh graduate or an experienced talent looking for greener pastures, consider moving towards emerging job roles that could future-proof your career. Here are 10 emerging job roles that are foreseen to meet a spike in sector demand for the next five years.
1. Artificial Intelligence Specialist
We have seen the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning in creating smarter, more innovative processes. This specialisation encompasses many job titles with their own set of skills, depending on the industry. An artificial intelligence specialist programmes computers to analyse data, make intuitive decisions, and recommends actions based on data-driven research and evidence.
2. Robotics Software Engineer
With a serious lack of software engineers in Singapore, this is a role with plenty of prospects for professional development. Robotics is a crucial field in developing cutting-edge technology and bot programs that automate tasks. As a software engineer, you will oversee the development of proprietary software and work on algorithms for robot control and automation.
3. Data Scientist
With the increasing need to gather insights and derive trends from data, data science has become essential in the modern workforce. It strengthens traditional roles across different sectors while mining big and meaningful insights that can shape well-informed strategies.
4. Full-stack Engineer
A full-stack engineer works on the entire life cycle of software development, developing and implementing the front and back ends of a website or app. Taking a user-centric approach, a full-stack engineer can multitask and develop an entire website or application, while catering to user experience and functionality.
5. UI/UX Designer
Behind your favourite app or website is the work of a UI/UX designer. A UI/UX designer shapes and optimises a user’s overall experience with an application, from its layout and graphics to how one interacts with the product. The UI/UX designer understands user needs and translates them into eye-catching and intuitive interfaces.
6. Cybersecurity Specialist
Security is imperative at this age when our lives are pretty much online, and businesses depend heavily on data to make critical decisions. Enterprises rely on information systems to manage their operations –– and they risk losing significant investment and effort when they face a data security breach. A cybersecurity specialist prevents these incidents and ensures that both businesses and customers are protected.
7. Customer Success Specialist
Job titles such as customer success specialist demonstrate the kind of emerging job roles that have been redefined by technology. A customer success specialist is in charge of onboarding and training new clients with their programme, while managing their accounts throughout their relationship with your company.
8. Mobile Game Artist
Southeast Asia emerged as a mobile-first consumer economy after the COVID-19 pandemic ramped up mobile usage, particularly gaming. Mobile use accounts for 69.4% of gaming revenue in the region. Unsurprisingly, roles for mobile game artists are on the rise. They help create sketches of characters, settings, and interfaces that make games attractive to gamers.
9. Creative Strategist
Creative strategists are crucial in the media and advertising sectors — and the rapid digitisation of the industry means that today’s strategists must have an affinity for tech, big data, and social media to shape truly compelling and potent digital content.
10. E-commerce Specialist
E-commerce has risen in Southeast Asia in the past years. Moreover, with most people staying at home, e-commerce activity has surged, increasing the need for e-commerce specialists across various kinds of businesses.
This article is contributed by JobStreet.