Computer science skills, but not necessarily computer science degrees, are becoming more important to workers who want to succeed in the Singapore job market.
Our latest research on the Singapore labor market, conducted for Oracle Academy, looked at trends in employer demand for computer science skills, based on our analysis of job postings. One of the most striking trends is the extent to which computer science skills are being demanded for non-computer science jobs—an extension of the “hybrid jobs” phenomenon.
We looked at a number of jobs where computer science skills were essential, but not traditional, parts of the role, as well as in information technology:
- Data Analysis
- Engineering and Manufacturing
- Programming and Information Technology
Overall, 70% of the fastest-growing skills and 26% of the highest-paying skills in Singapore in these fields are related to computer science. Yet only 18% of the jobs in these categories, mostly in programming and IT, specifically request a computer science major. Fewer than 10% of job postings in the other four categories specifically request a computer science credential. That includes all education levels, including diplomas and university degrees.
While the trend toward hybrid jobs and demand for computer science skills is global, Singapore has specific needs. For example, 1 in 5 analyst job postings in Singapore are in finance—not surprising, given the importance of Singapore as a financial hub. That underscores the need for job seekers in data analysis to have both computer science skills, such as Java and C++, and industry specific skills such as Risk Assessment and Portfolio Management.
In fact, our research shows that the combination of computer science and domain skills can be particularly important for entry level jobs in Singapore, where employers see technical proficiency as an important part of proving an applicant is suited for a role.
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