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Top emerging jobs in Singapore 2020 according to Linkedin: AI Specialist, Backend Developer, Creative Copywriter and more…

Top emerging jobs in Singapore 2020 according to Linkedin: AI Specialist, Backend Developer, Creative Copywriter and more…

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Text: Cheryl Lai-Lim


The global pandemic has marked an unprecedented change in a slew of affairs. Besides the mandatory action of wearing masks and the need for social distancing, career-wise, it has been full of alterations as well. Working within the confines of home and liaising with colleagues via video conference has become the new norm for some. For others, job prospects that were seemingly achievable at the start of the year are on an indefinite hold, whilst job security is at an all-time low. With the economy in turmoil, some might find that their career directions are veering off the path initially planned.

Earlier in the year, LinkedIn published their annual report on the top emerging jobs of 2020 in Singapore. The brand defines emerging jobs as 'a role that has seen tremendous growth within a region'.  Jobs in the tech industry dominated the list. The pandemic has served to realise that notion even further, where we've witnessed how tech is essential for businesses to survive — whether it be through work meetings or e-commerce sites. So, whether you're eyeing a new job market or simply curious, take a look at the uppermost emerging jobs in Singapore, below.

1. Artificial Intelligence Specialist
As its namesake suggests, Artificial Intelligence (AI) Specialists work with AI to implement and execute operations across a number of industries.  

Top industries: Computer Software, Information Technology and Services, Internet, Research, Higher Education, Financial Services
Skills you need: TensorFlow, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Python (Programming Language), Computer Vision, PyTorch

Artificial Intelligence Specialist

2. Robotics Engineer (Software)
In this role, Robotics Engineer construct and establish software known as Robotics Process Automation (RPA), which helps automate certain tasks and business processes.

Top industries: Information Technology and Services, Industrial Automation, Banking, Telecommunications, Research  
Skills you need: Robotic Process Automation (RPA), UiPath, Robot Operating System (ROS), Blue Prism, Robotics, Python (Programming Language)

Robotics Engineer

3. Full Stack Engineer  
Fusing both front-end web development and software development skills, Full Stack Engineers are highly sought-after within industries that are contemplating adding tech capacity.   

Top industries: Information Technology and Services, Computer Software, Financial Services, Internet, Banking, Marketing and Advertising
Skills you need: React.js, Node.js, AngularJS, JavaScript, MongoDB, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Full Stack Engineer

4. Backend Developer
A role situated out of the spotlight, Backend Developers work to ensure every part of a website — from the server to the database — operates smoothly.    

Top industries: Information Technology and Services, Internet, Computer Software, Financial Services, Computer Games  
Skills you need: Git, Laravel, Node.js, MySQL, MongoDB, PHP

Backend Developer

5. Data Scientist  
A mix between a computer scientist and a mathematician, Data Scientists help spot trends from sifting through data and help deduce and produce actionable insights.      
Top industries: Information Technology and Services, Internet, Computer Software, Banking, Financial Services, Higher Education  
Skills you need: Machine Learning, Python (Programming Language), Data Science, R, Apache Spark, Deep Learning

Data Scientist

6. DevOps Engineer  
Essentially an amalgamation of a developer and an operations team member, this hybrid engineer is in charge of creating, establishing, and generating revenue from softwares.

Top industries: Information Technology and Services, Banking, Computer Software, Banking, Financial Services, Internet, Insurance, Telecommunications  
Skills you need: Ansible, Jenkins, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker Products, Kubernetes

DevOps Engineer

7. Data Engineer   
A data engineer differs from a data scientist by being involved in processes like pipelines, data workflow management and ETL (extract, transform, load).  

Top industries: Information Technology and Services, Internet, Banking, Semiconductors, Financial Services, Computer Software
Skills you need: Apache Spark, Python (Programming Language), Hadoop, Scala, Hive, Data Engineering

Data Engineer

8. Cybersecurity Specialist    
To help protect computer information systems from malware and hacking, Cybersecurity Specialists develop and implement security programs across sectors.   

Top industries: Information Technology and Services, Computer and Network Security, Financial Services, Accounting, Banking, Telecommunications
Skills you need: Information Security, Vulnerability Assessment, Network Security, Penetration Testing, Malware Analysis

CyberSecurity Specialist

9. Community Specialist    
The latest in demand role, Community Specialists are all-rounders whose primary role is to harmonise and manage groups in the community, both online and offline.

Top industries: Information Technology and Services, Internet, Non-profit Organisation Management, Higher Education, Civic & Social Organisation, Financial Services, Education Management  
Skills you need: Community Engagement, Public Speaking, Leadership, Event Management, Event Planning, Strategy, Social Media Marketing

Community Specialist

10. Partnership Specialist    
A contemporary role in account management, Partnership Specialists manages stakeholders, execute campaigns, foster new commercial partnerships and proliferate growth in general.  

Top industries: Information Technology and Services, Internet, Non-profit Organisation Management, Marketing and Advertising, Financial Services
Skills you need: Strategic Partnerships, Business Development, Marketing Strategy, Marketing, Business Strategy

Partnership Specialist

11. Clinical Specialist    
Working in the medical industry, Clinical Specialists help impart training and advice for medical devices to hospitals. In patient-facing roles, it might also be necessitated to provide the care of a patient.     

Top industries: Hospital & Healthcare, Medical Device, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Practice   
Skills you need: Clinical Research, Medicine, Patient Safety, Psychotherapy, Healthcare Management

Clinical Specialist

12. E-commerce Specialist    
Specialising in online sales strategies, E-commerce Specialists help increasing online web traffic and sales, monitor site activity, and generate ways to increase brand loyalty and refine user experience.      

Top industries: Internet, Information Technology and Services, Consumer Goods, Retail, Marketing and Advertising, Logistics and Supply Chain
Skills you need: Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Business Development, Microsoft PowerPoint     

E-commerce Specialist

13. Customer Success Specialist    
This role differs from those in customer service by working to retain brand customers and enhance brand loyalty as compared to one-time sales and appeasements.     

Top industries: Computer Software, Information Technology and Services, Internet, Financial Services, Marketing and Advertising, Telecommunications  
Skills you need: Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Account Management, Salesforce.com, Enterprise Software, Customer Retention

Customer Success Specialist

14. Product Owner     
Fundamentally the creator of the products, Product Owners keep an eye on the different stages of product development to ensure user stories are being represented.

Top industries: Banking, Information Technology and Services, Financial Services, Computer Software, Internet, Automotive   
Skills you need: Product Management, Agile Methodologies, Scrum, Agile Project Management, Business Analysis, JIRA  

Product Owner

15. Creative Copywriter      
A creative copywriter has to wax lyrical across varying channels and audiences in order to feed a content-hungry crowd.  

Top industries: Marketing and Advertising, Information Technology and Services, Online Media, Internet, Broadcast Media, Publishing    
Skills you need: Content Strategy, Content Marketing, Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)   

Creative Copywriter

To view the full LinkedIn Report, click here.

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