Mon, 11 Mar, 2019Over60

Are your skills in demand?

Are your skills in demand?

Current job seekers in the Asia-Pacific region need to gear up for the digital world.

According to LinkedIn’s 2018 Emerging Jobs in Singapore report, the in-demand roles are evolved hybrids of traditional roles in the digital sphere.

Vice president of talent and learning solutions for APAC at LinkedIn, Feon Ang, says, “While it’s no surprise that the top emerging jobs ... are all related to technology, many of them require management and communications skills, making them hybrids of new and traditional roles – such as user experience designer.”

Check out the top 5 emerging jobs in the Asia-Pacific region now, and what skills you need in order to be relevant:

1. Data Scientists

Data scientists are able to analyse and extract meaning from data in order to offer insights that may be beneficial to a company.

Skills needed: data science, machine learning, coding, analytics, big data and data mining.

2. Cyber-Security Specialists

Given the rise in cyber-crimes, it’s no surprise that cyber security specialists are increasingly in demand.

They design systems that can withstand or deal with cyber-attacks. Skills needed: computer security, information security, research, consulting and sales.

3. User-Experience Designers

These are the people who ensure that your app or website browsing experience is not frustrating, by designing an interface that is easy and intuitive to navigate.

Skills needed: coding and prototyping, as well as interface and Web design.

Important soft skills include analysis and collaboration.

4. Digital Heads

This role requires someone who is adept at leading projects in large companies and driving digital transformations, in particular, moving a traditional business into the digital world.

Skills needed: digital marketing, experience and knowledge of the digital economy, as well as soft skills such as communication and management.

5. Content Specialists

Good news if you have a background in journalism or publishing – your skills will serve you well as content specialists, writing content for brands and firms.

Skills needed: content marketing, communication, research, messaging and project management. 

Are your skills in demand? Let us know in the comments.

Written by Siti Rohani. This article first appeared in Reader’s Digest. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, here’s our best subscription offer.