Guide to help zoom in on 'hot' tech skills

Ms Wong Ching Yee, 40, left the chemical engineering industry nine years ago. She is now a nursing informatics application specialist at Farrer Park Hospital.
Ms Wong Ching Yee, 40, left the chemical engineering industry nine years ago. She is now a nursing informatics application specialist at Farrer Park Hospital.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

It covers 119 job roles and over 80 skills across sectors, aiding both job seekers and bosses

A guide to help the public zoom in on "hot" technology skills to pick up was rolled out yesterday.

Called the Skills Framework for Infocomm Technology, it covers 119 job roles and more than 80 skills that will be needed across sectors such as retail, logistics, finance and healthcare.

The skills include analytics and computational modelling, cyber forensics, data engineering and user experience design. These skills are required for jobs related to artificial intelligence, cyber security, the Internet of Things and immersive media - four trends which are expected to lead to new frontiers for businesses.

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim, who announced the guide yesterday, said that over the next three years, Singapore will need to fill 42,000 technology jobs, in addition to the current 180,000 technology jobs here. These include positions for data scientists and cyber-risk analysts.

"Hence, we also want to ensure that Singaporeans are equipped with the relevant skills to benefit from these good jobs," he said.

Besides helping individuals, the guide can be used by employers to design career maps and list job requirements. It can also be used by training providers to develop infocomm technology courses.

It also maps out career pathways across seven tracks, namely security, support, infrastructure, data, professional services, software and applications, and sales and marketing.

The framework was jointly developed by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), SkillsFuture Singapore and Workforce Singapore.

Eleven organisations have already made use of the new guide to provide training for staff, including consulting firm Accenture, telco Singtel, Singapore's Cyber Security Agency and DBS Bank.

Another IMDA scheme that may interest the public is its tech skills development and job placement initiative, TechSkills Accelerator. Since its launch in April last year, it has trained 16,000 professionals in new technology skills for the digital economy.

Ms Wong Ching Yee, 40, is certainly ready for new challenges.

Nine years ago, she made a mid-career switch from chemical engineering to healthcare after completing a nursing diploma course.

She continued to upgrade her skills, and is now a nursing informatics application specialist at Farrer Park Hospital, training doctors and nurses in the hospital's electronic medical record system.

"Career progression is about keeping an open mind in accepting challenges and stepping out of our comfort zones," she said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 11, 2017, with the headline 'Guide to help zoom in on 'hot' tech skills'. Print Edition | Subscribe