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Jobs In Singapore Created From Business Disruption

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Negative news of how robots would soon be taking over our jobs does not bode well for the already gloomy outlook for Singapore’s job market. Rather than mulling over this, we can view these challenges as potential job opportunities instead. Here is a look at how disruption would reshape job vacancies in these sectors.

Information and communications

Since 2000, there has been a boom in demand for application developers such as IOS or Android developers that has increased in parallel with the growth of Apple and Android devices. As with most jobs in the market, when there is growing demand for a product, there would be a demand for jobs to create these products!

Jobs: Application developers, programmers, website developers, social media developers, software developers, mobile application and tool developers

What do they do all day:

Among the long list of responsibilities, developers mainly:

  • Work in a team and together with other teams to create new products that they think would meet the needs of the general public.
  • Applies coding into the creation of new, usable products. Improves existing procedures to solve complex computer problems.
  • Tests and repairs bugs in the product before it is launched.

Relevant certifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Bachelor’s degree in software programming, Bachelor’s Degree in management information systems or degrees related to these fields.

Skills:  Understanding of computer and programming languages such as JavaScript, Java/J2EE, C# or C++, Python, PHP, Ruby on Rails or iOS and SQL.

Salary range: An application developer earns an average of S$44,306 annually with their salary ranging between S$29,361 – S$78,400. Similarly, an Entry-Level Software Engineer earns an average of S$47,060 annually with the salary between S$30,321 – S$75,382.

Future of this sector:

In 2016, it has been estimated by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) that  there would be 6,000 positions created over the next two years in roles like mobile application developers, website and social media software developers.

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Food and Beverage

The manpower shortage facing this industry is met with automation which can be a relatively cheaper alternative to hiring workers. However, with automation comes the creation of highly skilled jobs.

Jobs: Food technologist, Beverage Technologist, Research and Development Executive, Regulatory affairs executive, Food safety manager, Flavour Scientist/Technologist,

What do they do all day:

Of the various jobs in this industry, a food technologist:

  • Improves and develops new food and beverage products and manufacturing processes.
  • Ensures that the company adheres to government and industry regulations.
  • Researches current consumer markets and technologies to develop new products.

Relevant certifications: Diploma, Degree or Masters in Food Science and Technology. However, on top of these certificates, one should also have some relevant experience under one’s belt like knowledge in food process engineering, product development and prior research in food products.

Salary Range: According to PayScale, a food technologist can earn on average S$36,789 annually to as high as S$70,046.

Future of this sector:

In addition to that, the Singapore government seeks to further upgrade the skills of workers already in the industry. SPRING Singapore has rolled out the food services Information Transformation Map(ITM) which would create about 2,000 new Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians (PMET) jobs for the food manufacturing industry, from now till 2020.

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Big Data

Big data analytics is in itself a disruptive process. But first of all, what is big data? The phrase speaks for itself. It simply represents large data sets that can be analysed to reveal patterns that can be used by companies to make business decisions that would give them a competitive edge.

Jobs: Data Scientist, Software Engineer, Business Analyst, Data Engineer, Research Scientist, Data Analyst, Data Architect

What do they do all day:

Among the long list of responsibilities that they have, they:

  • Analyze and interpret data patterns using statistics to churn out reports that can be used by a company to make strategic business decisions.
  • Create and utilise models, formulas and algorithms to extract patterns and information from large data sets.
  • Develop and maintain databases using large amounts of data from primary and secondary sources.
  • Review reports and large data sets to clean data by debugging codes.

Relevant certifications: Bachelor of Engineering, Masters of Science, Bachelor of Science, Master of Technology etc.

Salary range: There is a wide variance in the salary for this sector that depends on one’s skill set due to the current talent crunch. However, according to Payscale, the average annual salary of an entry level data analyst can be S$43,469 but ranges from S$27,385 – S$87,125.

Future of this sector:

The Singapore government has ranked big data very highly as one of the key strategies for propelling the economy forward in the future. According to the Economic Development Board (EDB), the data analytics sector will likely add $1 billion in value to the economy by 2017. With such promising prospects, one can consider an entry into this field especially since it is in high demand at the moment.

Prospects of snagging a well paying job today can be relatively difficult and finding a niche area where the demand far exceeds the supply of a specific role can only be seen as a silver lining. As there is a shift towards IT related jobs, this would be an advantageous time to shift gears towards such roles instead of aiming for conventional jobs.

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