Top 5 tech jobs you should look out for in 2020

In the latest report by LinkedIn on the top 15 emerging jobs, it outlined the predicament of Singapore’s economy that is moving towards a technologically-powered society. From Artificial Intelligence to Robotics and Data Science, APAC remains as an irresistible magnet to global tech giants with its world-class innovation.  In the recent Global Talent Competitiveness Index, Singapore in particular is the second in the world and the only Asian country in the top 10 when it comes to attracting talent.

Here are some of the top markets you should be keeping an eye on in 2020:

  1. Artificial Intelligence

While the United States have a long-standing advantage with its rich pool of AI talent and tech giants like Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft, APAC is a region that is catching up to speed.

 Singapore has invested over S$500 million to further AI research innovation and enterprise. Similarly in Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in June unveiled a plan to train 250,000 people in AI skills annually by 2025. Both countries have pledged to continue to raise its AI research and development capabilities to develop, deploy and commercialise AI solutions. Singapore will also tap into international partnerships in areas like data-sharing and digital identity cross-recognition to facilitate cross border AI collaboration.

According to Linkedin,

Top job role: Artificial Intelligence Specialist

Skills to have: TensorFlow, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Pythin, Computer Vision, PyTorch , Hadoop


  1. Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

In APAC, RPA software vendors are experiencing triple-digit revenue growth rates according to Gartner. Companies across APAC leverage RPA to leapfrog several technological developmental steps and streamline business processes to futureproof their operations. The Australian market is one example which, albeit small, has an overall global market of USD1.2 billion and is growing at a fast rate.

With RPA, it helps businesses remove many of the most repetitive, time-consuming tasks, employees are freed up to create more value and innovate.

According to Linkedin,

Top job role: Robotics Software Engineer

Skills to have: Robotic Process Automation, UiPath, Robot Operating System, Blue Prism, Python


  1. Cybersecurity

With new technologies, what is also presented are great risks in terms of privacy and security. A Frost & Sullivan study highlighted the impact of cyberattacks of today which can incur an economic loss of USD30 million, more than 300 times the average economic loss for a mid-sized organization in APAC. This is also more than seven percent of the region’s total GDP of USD24.3 trillion.

As a result, the industry is always looking out for cybersecurity specialists to ensure that businesses stay up to date and vigilant.  Some of the current challenges that Asia-Pacific chief information security officers (CISOs) face were the complexity of their IT environment and the changing nature of IT threats. As such, cybersecurity specialists will need to stay up to date and be equipped with the latest tech skills and know-how.

According to Linkedin,

Top job role: Cybersecurity Specialist

Skills to have: Cybersecurity, Information Security, Network Security, Vulnerability Assessment


  1. Data Scientist

In Singapore, data scientists are currently the most in demand job, and India continues to be a top source of talent for contributing almost 22% to those migrating to the city. Hong Kong is also another hot market for data scientists, being one of the newest technology hubs in the world. The Hong Kong government has earmarked HKD50 billion in its latest budget for supporting innovation and technology developments.

Data Science has brought about some new and exciting job opportunities across all industries. Some of the typical titles you will see when trying to work in Data Science are Data Scientist, Data Analyst, Data Engineer, Business Analyst, Database Administrator, Statistician, and Data Architect.

According to Linkedin,

Top job role: Data Scientist

Skills to have: Machine Learning, Python, Data Science, R, Apache, Spark, Deep Learning


  1. DevOps

While concerns around security and compliance are still limiting banks from harnessing the complete potential of cloud services, many are moving their non-core banking applications to this new computing paradigm. DevOps allows banks to enjoy the advantages of agility and scalability, yet at the same time improving their customer experience across multiple channels. More importantly, banks will now gain the ability to make use of learned insights from data to build customer friendly mobile applications amongst many others.

The ability to prioritise working software over documentation, frequent deliverables, face-to-face collaboration, and a focus on technical excellence and automation form the foundation of DevOps. It allows financial services providers to take greater advantage of cloud platforms for data intelligence and analytics by using cloud storage services to build test platforms in the Cloud.

According to Linkedin,

Top job role: DevOps Engineer

Skills to have: Ansible, Jenkins, Amazon Web Services, Docker Products, Kubernetes


The “war” for digital talent will persist in 2020 and organisations will be on the lookout for candidates with diverse and experience in the tech scene. If your firm is looking to build your pipeline in the coming year, or if you are a candidate looking out for the latest emerging tech roles in the market, please reach out to us via the contact form below. For more industry updates, please connect with us on our LinkedIn.


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