How to apply for Data Scientist jobs in Singapore

By Robert Half on 30 May 2022
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Thinking about applying for Data Scientists jobs in Singapore?

As businesses in Singapore accelerate their digital transformation, data science professionals are needed across all major business sectors — from technology and manufacturing to financial services and healthcare — as well as organisations in academia, government, and the non-profit sector.

That is because organisations of all types need to turn numbers into recommended strategies and actions.

The latest Singapore Salary Guide from Robert Half reports that recruiting for the tech sector is especially active, as employers are hiring technology professionals at or beyond pre-pandemic levels.

Applying for Data Scientist jobs in Singapore

As Singapore becomes increasingly data-driven, data gets more and more valuable — provided it can be put to practical business use.

This is where the Data Scientist comes in.

Businesses need people with knowledge of statistics and data modelling to unlock the value of complex, unprocessed data from an array of different sources — machine log data, digital media and documents, databases, the web, social media channels and Internet of Things (IoT) sensors.

The business intelligence, or actionable insights, that companies can glean from the data they gather can be used to inform decisions about everything from new product development to marketing campaigns to supply chain design.

Organisations in Singapore are also relying more on these insights to help them improve cyber-security, employee retention, recruitment and productivity, customer service and engagement, and much more.

Because companies can use data-driven business intelligence in so many ways, they want to hire data scientists who have a head for business. Communication and other soft skills are also essential.

One reason these skills are so important is that data scientists are often required to explain, quickly and concisely, to nontechnical people the risks, trends, and opportunities that the business should monitor or act on.

Data scientists are often expected to describe their analysis in writing or present their findings directly to business teams. And collaboration skills are becoming increasingly important for this role, too.

Diverse technical skills required to become a Data Scientist

Of course, there are technical skills required in this role. Data scientists need to bring a range of analytical and mathematical know-how to their roles — not just any old math, but areas like multivariable calculus and linear algebra.

Data science is essentially a blend of statistics and mathematics and computer science. So, many employers look specifically for candidates with expertise in statistics. Machine learning skills are also valued because they help data scientists identify patterns in data.

Experience working with programming languages, such as Python (a flexible language that is generally easy to use) or Java (one of the oldest languages and applicable to nearly every area of technology), is often part of the data scientist job description.

Many businesses in Singapore also seek professionals who can work with languages like R, which is used for statistical analysis, data visualisation and predictive modelling, and with tools like Tableau for interactive data visualisation.

Data scientists with skills in Apache Hadoop, Microsoft SQL Server database and Oracle database, and Extract, Transform, Load (ETL), like database schema design and systems building, are also highly valued.

High degree education will be key for advanced Data Scientist jobs

Some organisations prefer to hire data scientists who have earned a PhD in a related area like mathematics or computer science.

A doctorate can provide candidates an edge in the hiring process, and it is an absolute requirement for some roles.

While an advanced degree may not be essential to get hired for an entry-level Data Scientist role, it is likely to become more important as you look to advance in your data science career.

Early steps to a data science career

If you are a university student or recent graduate wondering how to become a Data Scientist, must-have job requirements will depend largely on the employer, what technology tools the company uses for managing its data, and whether the business has the time and resources to invest in developing entry-level data scientists.

Here are some ways to gain relevant knowledge and skills and increase your chances of successfully launching a data science career:

Stay current with online resources

Look for e-books, online courses and video tutorials that dig deeper into online data analysis, statistics, data coding and related topics that interest you. (Just some examples of resources offering online learning options for data science include Coursera, DataCamp, edX, LinkedIn Learning and Udacity.)

Learn relevant programming skills

Obvious advice, perhaps, but you will want to do this before you start applying for data scientist jobs in Singapore.

Becoming proficient with fundamental languages like Python and SQL will likely be essential.

But also look at Data Scientist job descriptions from the organisations you would like to target for employment.

What other types of languages do they expect for entry-level roles? That will give you a better sense of where to focus your learning.

Get to know the data science community

Look for opportunities online to network with data science professionals working in Singapore, or similar professionals aspiring to become a data scientist.

You might check LinkedIn groups for data science professionals or consider reading data science blogs and following influential data scientists.

When you have connected with some established data scientists, consider asking them for informational interviews to learn more about their careers.

Also, do not overlook the peers, mentors, and professional contacts already in your professional network.

They might have suggestions for how to break into the data science field — and can possibly put you in touch with relevant contacts they know.

Are you a Data Scientist or data expert looking for your next career opportunity? As a leader in technology recruitment, Robert Half can help you find the right tech role for you in Singapore.

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