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LinkedIn: Here Are The Top 15 Jobs On The Rise

LinkedIn has identified the fastest growing job categories since the onset of COVID-19, the top 15 jobs on the rise, and the skills required for them.

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In 2020, we saw unprecedented changes in the workforce. Some organisations streamlined their business functions, causing layoffs. Others revamped, and we saw that there was a rising demand for professionals with a diverse skills set. As we started working remotely, we saw a rise in demand for digital and soft skills. We also saw that employers had shifted from hiring based on credentials, and to hiring based on skills held. We saw professionals themselves take note of these trends and seek to reskill, or upskill. 

But what will 2021 bring? And what kinds of trends can we expect to see? To help workers navigate the workforce in the new year, we’ve identified the fastest growing job categories since the onset of COVID-19*, the top 15 jobs on the rise, and the skills required for them. 

#CategorySpecific RolesSkills Required
1Healthcare/Medical – SupportMedical Technologist, Pharmacy Technician, Radiology Technician, Medical Laboratory Technologist, Physical Therapist AssistantLaboratory Skills, Pharmacy, Radiology, Medical Technology, Physical Therapy
2Education Mathematics Tutor, Academic Tutor, Education Professional, Instructional Design Specialist, Academic AdministratorTutoring, Teaching, Curriculum Development, Instructional Design, Educational Leadership
3Logistics & Supply ChainSupply Chain Assistant, Supply Chain Officer, Supply Chain Executive, Logistics Manager, Supply Chain Planning ManagerWarehouse Operations, Supply Chain Management, Logistics Management, Inventory Management, Supply Chain Management
4Healthcare/Medical – FrontlineMedical Officer, Registered Nurse, NurseMedicine, Healthcare, Nursing, Basic Life Support (BLS), Patient Safety
5Social Media / Digital MarketingGrowth Manager, Social Media Coordinator, Chief Growth Officer, Social Media Strategist, Search Engine Optimization SpecialistDigital Marketing, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Google Analytics, Keyword Research, Social Media Marketing
6FinanceTax Officer, Investor Relations Manager, Venture Partner, Private Wealth Management Specialist, TreasurerInvestor Relations, Investments, Banking, Income Tax, Treasury
7Specialized Engineering Game Developer, Backend Developer, Product Support Engineer, Software Engineering Specialist, Infrastructure EngineerGo (Programming Language), Software Development, Game Development, Infrastructure, JavaScript
8Customer ServiceClient Service Associate, Client Service Analyst, Customer Care Officer, Customer Support SpecialistClient Services, Customer Experience, Customer Support, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Salesforce.com
9Professional and Personal CoachesLife Coach, Communication Coach, Career Coordinator, Leadership CoachFacilitation, Personal Development, Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, Life Coaching
10Online ContentYoutuber, Videographer, Film Producer, Content Coordinator, Video EditorContent Strategy, Adobe Premiere Pro, Video Editing, Videography, Video Editing
11Data ScienceData Science SpecialistMachine Learning, Python (Programming Language), Data Science, Natural Language Processing (NLP)
12Social WorkerMedical Social Worker, Social WorkerMedical Social Work, Case Management, Social Services, Social Work, Individual Counselling
13Mental Health SpecialistPsychologist, Clinical PsychologistCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychotherapy, Clinical Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Mental Health
14Business Development and SalesBusiness Development AssociateBusiness Development, Market Research, Sales, Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
15Cyber SecurityCyber Security AnalystSecurity Information and Event Management (SIEM), Information Security, Cybersecurity, Network Security, Machine Learning

Please refer to the full Jobs on the Rise report, which can be accessed on LinkedIn here, and Annex A for the list of jobs and skills.

An overarching trend observed across the jobs is that almost all roles may be conducted remotely, pointing towards the importance of being equipped with basic digital skills. Globally, remote job opportunities on LinkedIn have increased four times since June. Professionals with digital skill sets will find themselves at an advantage in seeking employment opportunities within these fields. 

Other key trends we observe include: 

  1. The rise of the care economy
    1. Before COVID-19 hit, Singapore was already facing the pressure of an ageing population. This, coupled with the rise in medical tourism, saw significant investment in Singapore’s healthcare sector, from medical equipment and clinical research to more sophisticated care. The pandemic resulted in a sudden and sustained demand for frontline healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses, and general healthcare professionals. These include Healthcare/Medical Support, Healthcare/Medical Frontline, Social Worker and Mental Health Specialist.
    2. There has also been a rise in demand for care professionals with varying expertise, like social workers, laboratory technicians and mental health specialists. As a whole, those working in the care industry will require a range of skills to succeed, from clinical and medical knowledge, to interpersonal and communication skills.
  2. The acceleration of digital transformation
    1. Singapore has always been an advocate for digitisation. Before COVID-19 hit, Singapore was already home to 80 of the world’s top 100 tech companies and in 2020 it raised US$3.7 billion in capital for tech startups
    2. COVID-19 served to accelerate the use of technology amongst Singaporeans. According to a Google report, 1 in 3 (~36%) of all digital service consumers are new to the service due to COVID-19. And 94% of new digital service consumers intend to continue with the service post-pandemic. We see proof of this in the rise of roles in the Logistics & Supply ChainSocial Media / Digital Marketing and Online Content sectors. This has fueled a demand for talent skilled in logistics, warehousing and supply chain management, as companies strived to provide seamless service from point of sale to delivery. 
    3. We also saw a rise in demand for online content creators, as many spent an average of 4.5 hours online each day at the height of lockdown.
  3. Traditional jobs will remain relevant in the future economy
    1. Despite COVID-19, traditional roles such as finance, business development and customer service, have maintained their level of demand and even expanded in the number of roles, in some cases.
    2. For example, organisations that experienced a greater demand for their products and services have had to expand their business development and sales capabilities. Customer service professionals, too, have had to be multifaceted in responding to customer feedback, and proactively working with consumers to understand their changing or evolving needs.
  4. A rise in demand for online education and coaching
    1. Education was one of the most disrupted sectors as most of the world went into lockdown and schools and institutions physically closed, and had to transition their methods of teaching and content onto digital platforms. This drove a demand for educators with digital skills.
    2. 2020 was also the year we saw many workers retrenched, and looking to repurpose their existing skills set in new employment. As a result, we saw a demand for coaches who were skilled in communication, career and life advice, indicated by a demand for Communications and Career Coaches.

To adapt to the rapidly changing job landscape, professionals will need to proactively pick up new skills required for these emerging roles. LinkedIn has various tools and resources to support professionals including:

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