The Most In-Demand Skills of 2013

If you were to go over all the advertisements for jobs in Singapore to try to find out what particular skills are the most in demand, you’d probably have to sit at your computer for a month or so. The sheer diversity of skills and the corresponding number of different kinds of Singapore jobs is so staggering, you wouldn’t know where to begin.


Fortunately for you, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to compile that list for you. But first, understand that this list is only meant to identify the most in demand skills hiring managers look for. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t find your particular inclinations and skills in this list. There’s still a wealth of jobs Singapore can offer you. What matters is, you do well in your chosen career and make the best of whatever opportunities come your way.

So, without further ado, here is the list of the 10 skills that will most likely get you hired in 2013.

1 Critical Thinking

It may be true that critics don’t exactly endear themselves to the general public, but most managers like to hire people who have a critical eye. Such “critics” thrive in the corporate world because they’re never content with the “good enough.” Because they abhor mediocrity, they’re always looking for ways to improve on existing systems, strategies and work procedures.

2 Complex Problem Solving

Everybody likes a problem solver, but managers absolutely love complex problem solvers. These people are gifted with a knack for unraveling the most perplexing problems and coming up with solutions that are both creative and feasible.

3 Judgment and Decision-Making

Decisions are a part of every professional’s day-to-day life. But the most critical decisions lie in the hands of those who know how to look at things objectively, see the big picture, and act accordingly. Their decisiveness is put to the test when they have to make a major decision in the absence of their supervisor.

4 Active Listening

If you have the attention span of a guidance counselor but would rather not work in the academe, you’ll be happy to know that your listening skill is actually in high demand in the corporate world. Employers are always on the lookout for people who can absorb what others are saying and ask intelligent questions.

5 Computers and Electronics

This is the first truly technical skill in our list. It requires either an IT-related degree or a background in practical experience. If circuit boards, mother boards, processors, hardware, software and computer peripherals are your area of competence, a lot of employers are looking for people with your skill set.

6 Mathematics

There’s always a place in the office for people who dabble in numbers. The finance & accounting, architecture, sales, and research industries are constantly in need of professionals who are comfortable with algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics and other areas of mathematics.

7 Operations and Systems Analysis

Another technical skill that requires a solid IT background. If you’re adept at analyzing, recommending, setting up, maintaining and upgrading computer based information systems, your ability ranks high in the list of in-demand skills.

8 Monitoring

This is the sort of skill that’s needed by a wide variety of industries. If you are good at assessing workforce performance, organizational setups, communication systems, and so much more, with the objective of taking corrective action, you’re practically assured of a job.

9 Programming

Does creating computer programs come as naturally to you as breathing? Are you able to design programs that address specific needs? If so, you can be sure a lot of employers will be in need of your services. People with programming skills will always find it easy to get a job.

10 Sales and Marketing

This should come as no surprise, since sales and marketing are the backbone of every consumer-based business, as well as most niche-market businesses. If your strength lies in getting people to buy products and avail of services, you’ll have little reason to worry about being employed this year.

If your area of specialization is anywhere in this list, you have an excellent chance of getting a good job this year. If not, as we said earlier, it’s not a cause for great concern. Keep in mind that intangibles like job attitude and diligence are even more important than skills. As long as you work hard at what you do best, there’ll always be a place for you in the working world.