Do IT people really earn a lot? S’pore’s IT professional answers common questions about getting IT jobs. – Mothership.SG
With around 80 of the world’s top 100 tech companies operating in Singapore, it’s no surprise that Singapore is often known as the digital capital of Asia.
According to the Joint Graduate Employment Survey 2020, IT and digital technology graduates also statistically have one of the highest median wages among other industries in Singapore, so it is not surprisingly more are interested in joining the information technology (IT) field.
But do I need to know coding to have an IT role? And how can I make the transition to the IT industry?
We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions from our Instagram followers and got professional answers from Mullaikodi Vaithilingam, Director of Kaplan School of IT in Singapore with over 25 years of professional experience in IT systems.
What does a day look like for an IT professional?
Many would assume that working in IT meant that you would be sitting in a chair in front of a computer all day.
According to Mullai, it really varies depending on the technical work environment.
For most professional roles, including data analysis, developers, designers, and programming, the job requires sitting in a chair in front of a computer for eight hours a day.
But they don’t just stare at a monitor all day fixing bugs, compiling code, and maybe once in a while, getting frustrated with the software.
Mullai said, “You may also be asked to handle technical questions from customers and other employees, as well as help with customer testing and installation.”
Is the demand for IT on a downward or upward trend over the next five years?
It is not unrealistic to expect the technology to advance in leaps and bounds in the years to come, Mullai said.
And it looks like this is the trend for IT jobs in the future as well.
According to Robert Half – The 13 Best Jobs for the Future, here are some of the best jobs for the future:
- Business intelligence analyst
- Business analyst
- Data architect
- DevOps Engineer
- Marketing analysis manager
- Mobile application developer
- Systems analyst
- User interface designer
- UX designer
Do I need to know how to code for an IT role?
The short answer is yes.
“One or two coding languages are essential in most IT jobs,” explained Mullai.
She added, “Depending on the specific industry, IT roles require a wide range of technical skills. If you want to become a JAVA developer, you need to be proficient in the JAVA programming language. If you want to become a Data Scientist, however, you will need to be proficient in Python and Pandas.
Do i need a computer science degree to get a high paying job in this industry?
Statistically speaking, yes.
In addition to having a good grasp of a computer language, a bachelor’s degree in a computer related discipline is often a prerequisite for most IT recruiters.
According to the Polytechnic Graduates Employment Survey (PGES) in 2020, graduates in information and digital technologies have a median gross monthly salary of S $ 2,500.
Meanwhile, graduates in information and digital technology have a median gross monthly salary of S $ 4,760.
It’s about a 50% difference.
Do you have any advice on transitioning to a career in the IT industry?
Whether you are looking to move to a new industry or choose to move on to a higher level position, Mullai has shared these best practices for IT pros:
Obtain a diploma, master’s or certification
According to her, obtaining a certification can be valuable or essential in capturing the most up-to-date information in the industry.
Talk to experts
Don’t be afraid to network with others in order to improve your professional profile as an IT expert and stay informed about your future employment options.
This can be done by attending industry conferences, joining industry associations, or attending events.
Analyze IT growth trends
Mullai explained that knowing the expected development trends for his preferred future career could help plan a career path.
It is also crucial to learn about the different career levels and what it will take to progress.
How Much Do IT Professionals Really Make Per Month?
“The world is about to become fully automated. Countries pay high salaries to tech professionals in order to make them work for themselves. Singapore’s tech industry is booming and tech experts are making more money than you might imagine. “
Mullai explained that a person (with at least a bachelor’s degree) working in IT earns an average of S $ 10,000 per month, with salaries ranging from S $ 5,500 to S $ 16,000. (Robert Walters Salary Survey 2019)
These are only average figures, the actual maximum salary could differ.
And in case you’re wondering what some of the highest paying IT jobs are, here’s a list:
- Augmented reality and virtual reality
- cloud computing
- Cybersecurity / Information security
- Data Scientist / Data Engineers / Artificial Intelligence
- IT infrastructure (Cloud Engineer, DevOps Managers, Network Engineers)
- Project management
- Software engineer
- UI / UX Developer
Kaplan Online Cyber Fair
Now that you know a few things about the breakthrough in the IT industry in Singapore, check out the IT related courses you can register for at the Kaplan Online Cyber Fair.
Kaplan offers more than 90 computer programs in several specializations, including the following:
The annual online cyber-fair is held on September 25, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You can find out more about the Kaplan Online Cyber Fair here.
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