Not all careers start and end with an MBA degree, although that is the traditional route adopted by many graduates to get a foothold in Singapore’s labour market.
GET.com identified four occupations that are continuing to perform well in Singapore, based on indicative data around salaries, degrees and demand for the roles.
1. Biomedical Science (traditional Chinese medicine – TCM)
Piercing people with pins or blending herbs may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s bound to get you a job. A bachelor’s degree in biomedical science with a focus on TCM from the College of Sciences is one of the top jobs this year, with a median gross monthly salary for graduates at SG$2900.
2. Bachelor of arts (in education)
With a median salary of $3475 for graduates, a bachelor of arts degree with education from NIE (National Institute of Education) is another attractive profession for Singaporeans.
For graduates who enjoy teaching and prefer a steady job, this degree has a 100% employment track record in the nation.
3. Accountancy and business
No surprise here. A degree in accountancy & business from Nanyang Business School will give graduates a 98.2% shot at employment, although only 95.6% of graduates find ready, full-time employment.
With a median starting salary of $3300, this career choice leaves young employees plenty of room to grow with salaryexplorer.com placing the average accounting salary at $6708, with top monthly salaries reaching $26,667.
4. Computer science
It surprising to see this degree make fourth place, given that both engineering and business students voted Google as their dream employer earlier this year.
All of 94.5% of graduates with a degree in computer science from the College of Engineering found employment within approximately 6 months after graduating, among which 93.7% found permanent employment.
The Ministry of Education’s latest graduate employment survey lists $3,200 as the median starting salary for graduates in this sector.