- The Straits Times
Job hunting? Hope you’re in tech.
A report published by professional networking site LinkedIn on Tuesday (Jan 29) found Malaysia’s top five emerging jobs were all related to the tech industry.
In its 2019 Emerging Jobs in Malaysia Report, LinkedIn analysed the “millions” of job titles listed by its users in Malaysia in 2013 and 2017. It then grouped them into common job roles and counted how frequently a particular job role appeared in 2013 versus 2017.
The five jobs that saw the largest growth in frequency over the five-year period were identified as the country’s top emerging jobs.
Here are the top five future jobs in Malaysia:
#5. Content writer
This job sees incredibly high demand in Malaysia due to the popularity of social media use on smartphones, LinkedIn said. To attract and retain customers online, companies are increasingly relying on compelling content, resulting in a spike in demand for this role.
LinkedIn added that many content writers are come from journalism and publishing backgrounds, because these fields require social media skills and the ability to tell compelling stories that resonate with readers.
#4: User experience (UX) designer
While the main employers of UX designers used to be tech companies, businesses in e-commerce, finance and manufacturing in Malaysia are increasingly looking to hire employees with technical and analytical skills and a customer-focus, LinkedIn said.
As many businesses move their operations online, more companies require UX designers to help make products like apps and website easier for customers to use.
#3: Drive test engineer
These engineers use the data gathered from telco networks to troubleshoot problems and improve network coverage. This role is particularly in demand due to Malaysia’s high mobile and broadband penetration, as well as a national push for better and wider telecommunications coverage, particularly in more remote areas.
#2: Full stack engineer
Similar to UX designers, full stack engineers used to be hired primarily by tech companies, but are now in high demand among companies looking to go digital, as well as startups – thanks to the fact that Malaysia has “one of the highest start-up densities in the region,” LinkedIn said.
This job involves helping a business go digital from start to finish, including creating apps and websites. It requires technical skills like website server hosting and UX design, as well as soft skills like project management.
#1. Data scientist
The Malaysian Government’s investment and collaboration with local universities to develop talent was “driving the report’s top emerging job,” LinkedIn said.
Data scientists analyse and interpret data that businesses collect.
The country is looking to double the number of data professionals to 20,000 by 2020, and more Malaysian universities are introducing data analytics into the curriculum of non-tech subjects such as accounting, medical biotechnology and education.
To attract talent, LinkedIn recommended that companies looking for data scientists promote benefits like good work-life balance, high compensation and flexible work arrangements in order to “stand out in a busy talent market”.