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Job alternatives, quick rising industries in Southeast Asia: LinkedIn

Careers in healthcare, education and digital services are set to be among the fastest growing in Southeast Asia this year, according to a new report released Tuesday.

LinkedIn’s first report on “Jobs on the Rise” points to a surge in demand for medical professionals, teachers and creative professionals in 2021 as the coronavirus changes the face of the employment landscape in the region.

While the study – a special edition of the website’s annual emerging jobs report – also noted the continued demand for technical specialists such as data analysts and engineers. However, LinkedIn’s Feon Ang, vice president of talent and learning solutions for Asia Pacific, said the results indicate a change of direction this year.

These (trends) have occurred in direct connection with the global pandemic.

Feon Ang

Vice President (APAC), Talent and Learning Solutions, LinkedIn

“These (trends) are directly related to the global pandemic and reflect the current landscape around us,” Ang told CNBC Make It.

For its report, the Professional Networks website tracked the growth in offerings for over 15,000 job titles to identify those that grew the most in 2020 compared to the previous year. These titles were then grouped into 15 major career trends for various markets around the world, including the United States

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Ang particularly highlighted the rise of medical roles. This includes not only working for frontline medical staff such as doctors and nurses, but also social workers and mental health professionals.

In other countries, rapid digitization – for example the shift to online trading due to blockages – has opened up new roles in e-commerce and in the supply chain. These trends, in turn, have led companies to implement new digital technologies, which has led to an increase in the demand for software and cybersecurity specialists.

“These growing jobs show that there are still different options for job seekers with different skills and experience,” Ang said.

She added that they also offer opportunities for young professionals or the unemployed to move into growing industries, for example by learning new skills online. “By adopting a lifelong learning mindset and learning new or improving their current skills, workers can prepare themselves to take on these new roles.”

Based on LinkedIn’s report, here are the top 15 career categories of 2021, including the most sought-after positions, key skills required, and major cities hiring for each role.

1. Digital content

Top job roles: Editor, Copywriter, Podcaster, YouTube Content Creator, Video Editor

Skills needed: Public speaking, proofreading, video editing, Adobe Premier Pro, creative writing

Where are the jobs: Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Manila, Philippines; Bangkok, Thailand

2. Data analyst

Top job roles: Business Operations Analyst, Business Development Analyst, Data Analyst

Skills needed: Data analysis, data visualization, analytical skills, database programming language SQL, requirements analysis

Where the jobs are: Jakarta, Indonesia; Bangkok, Thailand; Chachoengsao, Thailand; North Sumatra, Indonesia

3. Software & Technology

Top job roles: Web developer, systems analyst, mobile application developer, full-stack engineer, front-end developer, DevOps consultant who manages software development and IT operations

Skills needed: JavaScript, web development, Amazon Web Services (AWS), MySQL programming languages ​​and HTML

Where the jobs are: Bangkok, Thailand; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Chiang Mai, Thailand

4. Finance & Insurance

Top job roles: Financial advisor, accountant, financial planner, financial specialist, insurance agent

Skills needed: Financial planning, insurance, risk management, financial analysis, accounting

Where the jobs are: Jakarta, Indonesia; Bangkok, Thailand; Manila, Philippines; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

5. Education

Top job roles: Second language English teacher, Chinese teacher, academic tutor, information technology teacher, math teacher

Skills needed: Pedagogical management, curriculum development, English as a second language (ESL), tutoring

Where the jobs are: West Java Province, Indonesia; Manila, Philippines; Samut Songkhram, Thailand; Bangkok, Thailand

6. Digital Marketing

Top job roles: Social media manager, specialist in digital marketing, specialist in social media marketing, marketing analyst

Skills needed: Social media marketing, copywriting, Google Analytics, lead generation, digital marketing

Where are the jobs: Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Manila, Philippines; Bangkok, Thailand

7. E-commerce

Top job roles: Online specialist, e-commerce coordinator

Skills needed: Online marketing, e-commerce, search engine optimization (SEO) to increase web traffic

Where are the jobs: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Manila, Philippines; Jakarta, Indonesia

8. Business development and sales

Top job roles: Sales specialist, account manager, account manager, business development specialist

Skills needed: Negotiation, account management, business development, business planning, lead generation to keep consumers interested

Where are the jobs: Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Manila, Philippines; Bangkok, Thailand

9. Health care / medical assistance

Top job roles: Medical technician, pharmacy assistant, health worker, doctor, specialist

Skills needed: Healthcare, medical care, pharmaceuticals, medical training, clinical research

Where the jobs are: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Manila, Philippines; Bangkok, Thailand

10. Customer service

Top job roles: Customer service representative, customer service specialist, contact center specialist

Skills needed: Contact center customer service, customer care, team leadership

Where are the jobs: Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Manila, Philippines

11. Healthcare / Medical Front

Top job roles: Doctor, general practitioner, doctor, nurse, paramedic

Skills needed: Nursing, Medicine, Healthcare, Basic Life Support (BLS), Emergency Medicine

Where the jobs are: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Riau Islands Province, Indonesia

12. Cyber ​​security roles

Top job roles: Cyber ​​security analyst, cybersecurity consultant, information security specialist

Skills needed: Penetration testing, information security, security information and event management (SIEM), cybersecurity

Where the jobs are: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

13. Supply chain

Top job roles: Dealer, logistics manager, operations specialist, logistics manager

Skills needed: Operations management, supply chain management, warehouse operations

Where the jobs are: Bangkok, Thailand; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Manila, Philippines

14. Public Relations

Top job roles: PR coordinator, PR director, PR officer

Skills needed: Public relations, media relations, writing press releases, event management, social media marketing

Where are the jobs: Jakarta, Indonesia; Bandung, West Java, Indonesia; Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia; East Kalimantan Province, Indonesia; Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia

15. Specialized technology

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