The Top 5 Emerging Professions In 2019!
Are you graduating this year and is excited to set off on a new chapter of life? Or you’re simply looking into different opportunities to boost your income?
Either way, it’s worth noting that as the Philippines continues to experience a digital revolution, digital competency is increasingly in high demand, together with soft skills. This is according to the world’s largest professional network, LinkedIn.
If you’re a tech professional, 2019 will be especially fruitful for you as many opportunities in the digital sphere move forward and are the front center this year! 3 out of the top 5 emerging jobs according to LinkedIn falls under the tech industry.
The report noted that the rise of these jobs can be attributed to the country’s strong Business Process Outsourcing industry, as it continues to evolve to keep up with the changing business landscape.
According to LinkedIn’s 2019 Emerging Jobs in the Philippines report, the job market outlook will see a high demand for the following roles in the Philippines this year:
1. Data scientist
The world is going through a digital revolution bigger than it has ever been, that even the Philippines (which has the slowest internet in the world) has no other choice but to keep up with this digital era of big data. Data Science then comes into play by utilizing various tools, algorithm, and machine learning principles to discover hidden patterns from these data and make machines understand human behaviors better.
To put it simply, it’s the reason why Facebook “predicted” that you might need a pair of yoga pants after you window shopped for a yoga matt in Lazada. This information may not be that significant for the regular internet user to care, but businesses can turn those kinds of information into a gold mine.
Most data scientists are highly educated and carry at least a Master’s Degree or a Ph.D. After all, understanding enormous complex data calls for some serious know how. And for starters, a degree in Computer Science, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, or Statistics is the minimum required education.
What makes a data scientist different from statisticians is that they transcend beyond data analysis by building apps or creating programs that can benefit from certain set of data. That’s why, technical knowhow in the following areas is a must!
- Data analysis
- R programming
- Machine Learning
2. Back-end developer
Back-end developers are basically the IT guys who make websites and create software that runs on computers. They make the software and websites functional by stringing together different sets of codes designed to respond to different commands received through the front end by the user.
Their main responsibility is to ensure that the data or services requested by the front-end system or software are delivered through programmable means. Other than creating strings of action to provide appropriate responses to certain commands, they are also responsible for maintaining the entire back-end of a system, which consists of the core application logic, databases, data and application integration, API and other back-end processes. And lastly, they perform the testing and debugging of any back-end application or system.
Sounds easy, isn’t it? Not really!
Bachelor’s degree in computer programming or computer science for starters. However, programming and learning different computer languages such as Java, PHP, Python, and etc can be self-taught. In fact, many non-formal educational institutions online offer learning programs for this software, even TESDA offer vocational courses that can equip you with enough skills and knowledge to start out a career in programming.
A basic computer science degree in the Philippines may equip you with a sufficient learning experience to dive into the back-end programming profession. Know-how on how the following software programs work is a must!
- Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
3. Application development analyst
An Application Development Analyst’s role is to solve technology problems through developing, designing, and maintaining a system or software products that will improve (technology) users’ experience. This role is primarily responsible for developing requirements and developing software solutions with the use of contemporary web development tools and techniques.
An application development analyst will oversee practices and processes to ensure integrity, safety, and availability of all data and applications as part of an organization’s information systems. They see to it that processes needed for a business to function and succeed are running smoothly, acting as a technical point of contact to fix application and systems issues – usually on an immediate basis.
Application development analysts usually work alongside application developers and software engineers.
Degrees in Computer Science, Engineering, and Information Technology will give you a headstart in this career. However, employability will greatly depend on your skills and know-how on programs not exclusively learned through the degree.
- Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
4. Full-stack engineer
A Full-Stack Engineer is someone who is able to work on both the front-end and back-end portions of an application or website. Front-end generally refers to the portion of an application the user will see or interact with, and the back-end is the part of the application that handles the logic, database interactions, user authentication, server configuration, etc.
Being a Full-Stack Developer doesn’t mean that you have necessarily mastered everything required to work with the front-end or back-end, but it means that you are able to work on both sides and understand what is going on when building an application.
Just like any other tech jobs, a degree in any Computer Science will give you a headstart in this profession. If you’re a degree holder in another field and is interested to dive into this profession, various popular online learning platforms offer courses that are necessary to be sufficiently equipped for this profession. Coding boot camps are also plentiful nowadays for people interested in becoming web developers.
- Cascading Style Sheets
5. Sales development representative
Unlike quota-carrying salespeople, sales development reps don’t just focus on closing business deals. This job position branches out to different roles necessary in maintaining consumer-business relationships. From customer service to the marketing of the business, there’s a certain degree of sales development spirit needed in those roles necessary to make a business succeed.
According to LinkedIn, sales development representatives help BPOs (Business Process Outsourcing companies) unlock and accelerate the benefits of automation. While AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning can run bots to respond to day-to-day queries, they can’t replace the human qualities of sales professionals who interact with customers and understand their needs.
For that reason, the following opportunities under this sector are in high demand:
- Customer service roles more prominent in BPOs
- Sales – Telemarketing, Inside Sales, Account Management, and etc.
- Leadership – Operations Team Leaders
- Management – Workforce Management
- Marketing – can include digital marketing, PR, content creators and writers, SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and SEM (Search Engine Marketing), and etc.
Degree holders in any field are welcome in this Industry, especially in Sales and Customer Service. If you’re vying for higher or more lucrative posts, it pays to be a degree holder relevant to the respective fields like Marketing or Business Management.
Since sales development has a broader sense of classification, salaries will vary greatly.
- Sales – ₱193,000
- CSR – ₱229,871
- Marketing – ₱241,000
- Leadership – ₱433,859
- Management – ₱345,000