IT Jobs in Asia: The Top 5 Currently In Demand You Need To Know

Viva la revolution! The digital revolution that is. Events of the past three years have propelled the world onto a path of rapid digitisation. That’s great news for tech job seekers. IT now represents a golden career path, especially in Asia where there is a dire shortage of tech talent.

In the tech talent world, times are tough. Digitally deprived Singapore is desperately seeking techies with specialisation in areas such as Cybersecurity, Data Science and network engineering, whilst the new Government of recovery-mode Hong Kong is trawling the globe for top tech talent in all spheres.

According to a recent report commissioned by AWS, Singapore will need 1.2 million additional digital workers by 2025, while Southeast Asia’s largest digital economy, Indonesia, will need 17 million-plus tech talenteers in the next few years. That tech-in-demand pattern is evident throughout the entire region. In the 2022 LinkedIn Jobs on the Rise list – which highlights the 20 fastest-growing job titles over the past five years in Southeast Asia – tech jobs dominate across all Southeast Asian countries, with machine learning engineers, data engineers and data scientists leading the pack.

Tech jobs most in demand in the Asian region for 2023

Reports from various sources indicate a Top 5 that includes:

1. Cybersecurity Specialists

2. Software/Network Engineers

3. Mobile App Developers

4. Data Scientists

5. Artificial Intelligence Analysts

Demand for individuals with these specialised skills and job roles is at an all-time high and shows no signs of abating. So let’s take a closer look at the roles themselves and the qualifications people need to step inside this new IT career path dress circle.

Cybersecurity Specialists

Currently, the global annual cost of cybercrime is estimated to be $6 trillion per year. In fact, cybercrimes have grown by over 600% since the pandemic. Network security professionals work to keep the internal data of companies as well as their clients and partners secure. As the cost of a security breach can be horrendous in terms of dollars and reputational damage, this represents a lucrative and in-demand career path, especially in Asia.

Candidates would normally have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and be skilled in security information and event management (SIEM), security operations, and information security. Interestingly, just one-quarter of cybersecurity roles were taken by women in 2021.

Data Analysis

Data Sciences is a fast-growing field because of the explosion in data-based marketing, financial, and customer services these past few years, especially in fields such as IT, banking, and e-learning. Data science is also an area where a strong set of analytical and problem-solving skills can be applied across different industries, and in different roles; so there’s plenty of scope for career progression.

Software/Network Engineers

Software Engineers design, develop and maintain software systems. The complexity and size of these systems can range from small-scale desktop applications to vast international online platforms. They are typically involved in all phases of the software development process, from planning and prototyping through to design, development, and testing.

Network Engineers plan, develop and implement computer network and system services; they also troubleshoot problems. Network Engineers generally work as part of an IT team, where they test and document computer network behaviour, performance and security to ensure optimal performance. To become a Network Engineer you need an analytical mind, the ability to learn new technologies quickly, and strong documentation skills.

Mobile App Developers

Smartphones, mobile devices, and applications are changing the way we live – in communications, business, news, and entertainment. In fact, they are taking over the world. The total number of smartphone users worldwide today is more than 3 billion, making mobile app development one of the most lucrative and fastest-growing career paths globally.

To become a mobile developer, one must possess software development skills and wide-ranging IT knowledge. Candidates generally have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in computer science or a similar discipline.

Artificial Intelligence Analysts (aka Machine Learning Engineers)

As companies continue to move towards artificial intelligence and machine learning for their business operations, the need for skilled professionals in this field is growing fast.

AI specialists/ Machine learning engineers use big data to create complex algorithms to ultimately program a machine (such as a self-driving car or digital voice assistant) in order to perform and carry out tasks like a human. Economic forecasting, image recognition, and natural language processing are implemented so that the machine can then learn and improve without human interference.

What degree do you need for this futuristic, fast-growing field? A knowledgeable background in artificial intelligence and/or computer science is a must, as is a master’s level degree.

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