Job Demand in Malaysia

Top 40 Courses with Future High Job Demand in Malaysia

Best Courses to Study in Malaysia that has Great Career Prospects

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The world is changing at a fast pace and unpredictable, but what remains constant is that you still need to find a job when you graduate. Marked by continuous digital transformation, re-industrialisation and regulatory changes, Malaysia’s job market is geared for significant changes in the future. With
innovation driving the world of work ever faster,  graduates are now requiring new skills in technology, communication, problem-solving and leadership in order to remain competitive.

As the digital economy grows, Malaysia must be prepared to choose jobs that will be in demand in the future as well as still exist. 75 million job roles are expected to disappear by 2022 according to the “Future of Jobs Report 2018” by the World Economic Forum,. Furthermore, another 133 million roles are expected to emerge

You might be left wondering after SPM or IGCSE O-Levels: How can I find a job that fits me? Which courses will lead to jobs with high demand in the future?
We know that finding that dream job starts with choosing the right course now. Our role is to help you navigate those challenges, and connect you with information that will help you reach your full potential.

At EduSpiral Consultant Services, we do our research on the job demand for the careers in Malaysia and Salary Reports in order to best advise our students on what to study based on facts and evidence. Students need to talk to the right education counsellors so that you get the right information to help you in making this life-changing decision. We have prepare a list of the best courses to study in Malaysia that has high job demand to help students choose the right career for a successful future.

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Look at Job Demand and Trends in Malaysia when Choosing your Course

EduSpiral gave me useful information & evidence on why I should choose the best university. Philip Sim, Information Technology (IT) graduate from Asia Pacific University (APU)

EduSpiral gave me useful information & evidence on why I should choose the best university.
Philip Sim, Information Technology (IT) graduate from Asia Pacific University (APU)

Global markets are being disrupted by an accelerating pace of innovation in the digital world. Digital transformation has entered an era of unprecedented change for enterprises necessitating a fundamental shift across processes, functions, customer engagement and many other aspects of business.

Today, more than ever before, it has become imperative for organizations to implement concrete strategies around digital transformation.

Organisations & companies in Malaysia are already reinventing themselves to embrace digitalization, so it comes as no surprise that this field is observing – now and in the future – a steady and strong demand.

Digitalization will permeate into all areas of our work and students must prepare themselves now by choosing the right course as well as acquire the necessary computing skills to complement their “non-computing” degree.

One of the biggest talent trends observed for the coming year is the impact of digitalisation on traditional job roles across industries and functions. Apart from a high demand for digital professionals in the areas of data analytics, cyber security and IT regulations, professionals in HR and marketing will also be increasingly expected to have digital knowledge and skillsets.

Automation will also impact functions across industries, particularly within HR, supply chain and finance sectors. Positions that involve high levels of simple repetition, such as finance data entry roles are at high risk of becoming redundant, while in HR and supply chain, knowledge of relevant software has also become vital.

Top 40 Courses with High Job Demand in Future

I was not sure of what to study. EduSpiral helped me to choose the right course. Jasmine, Business Information Systems Graduate from Asia Pacific University (APU)

I was not sure of what to study. EduSpiral helped me to choose the right course.
Jasmine, Business Information Systems Graduate from Asia Pacific University (APU)

  1. Data Science
  2. Cyber Security
  3. Software Engineering
  4. Computer Science
  5. Artificial Intelligence (Ai)
  6. Financial Technology (Fintech)
  7. Blockchain
  8. Internet of Things (IoT)
  9. Network Computing
  10. Cloud Computing
  11. Information Systems
  12. Mobile Computing
  13. Accounting & Finance
  14. Actuarial Science
  15. Banking & Finance
  16. Human Resource Management (HRM)
  17. International Business Management (IBM)
  18. Logistics & Supply Chain
  19. eBusiness or eCommerce
  20. Digital Marketing
  21. Marketing
  22. Mass Communication
  23. Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  24. Telecommunication Engineering
  25. Optical Engineering
  26. Nanotechnology
  27. Mechatronic Engineering
  28. Mechanical Engineering
  29. Chemical Engineering
  30. Architecture
  31. Civil Engineering
  32. Quantity Survey (QS)
  33. Construction Management
  34. Digital Animation & Visual Effects
  35. Game Design
  36. Virtual Reality (VR)/Augmented Reality (AR)
  37. Interior Design
  38. Hotel Management
  39. Culinary Arts
  40. Event Management

Prepare for Future Career Success by Choosing the Right Course Now

"I met up with EduSpiral about 4 times in Ipoh & at Asia Pacific University to discuss about my future. He provided me with in-depth information and even arranged for me to meet up with the Head of School at APU to talk to me." Kar Jun (Left), Accounting graduate from Asia Pacific University (APU)

“I met up with EduSpiral about 4 times in Ipoh & at Asia Pacific University to discuss about my future. He provided me with in-depth information and even arranged for me to meet up with the Head of School at APU to talk to me.”
Kar Jun (Left), Accounting graduate from Asia Pacific University (APU)

Graduate employability has also become a concern  for Malaysia. Employers recognise the concerns  on graduate’s skills gap, such as the lack of  industrial training experience and communication skills.

In order to be successful in your future career, students need to study the employment trends to see which jobs and skills would be in demand. You don’t want to graduate and find yourself jobless because what you have learnt is not relevant anymore.

Graduate unemployment in Malaysia was approximately 204,000 in 2017, making up 40.5 percent of total unemployment. In the past, bodies such as Malaysian Industrial Development Finance (MIDF) Research, a statutory body under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, observed that Malaysia’s high youth unemployment rate – which hit a record 13.2 percent in 2018 – was likely due to skills mismatch.

As the country’s central bank noted in its 2018 annual report released in March, there are more graduates in the country than there are jobs for them.

List of Courses with High Job Demand in Malaysia

I didn't know what to study after A-Levels. EduSpiral helped me to understand what I am good at as well as what's in demand for the future. Renee Tan, Mechanical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

I didn’t know what to study after A-Levels. EduSpiral helped me to understand what I am good at as well as what’s in demand for the future.
Renee Tan, Mechanical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

The list of top courses with high job demand in future is to give students an idea of what courses they should consider so that they can have a successful career. The courses that have future high job demand can be grouped into the following job categories:

  • Computing
    • Digital or IT-related jobs, including content creators, data scientists and IT professionals will continue to stay in demand for the next decade.
    • The World Economic Forum (WEF) in its Future of Jobs report, characterises Industry 4.0 as the developments of genetics, artificial intelligence, networked devices, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing and other smart technologies.
    • In Malaysia, IT spending in 2018 is forecast to rise 5.7% to RM65.2 billion, faster than the projected global pace of 4.5%. The increased spending will be focus on adopting business digitalisation, blockchain technology and big data to encourage learning and artificial intelligence.
  • Banking & Financial Services
    EduSpiral advised me to study Finance because it had high job demand & salary. Darren, Finance & Investment Graduate from UCSI University

    EduSpiral advised me to study Finance because it had high job demand & salary.
    Darren, Finance & Investment Graduate from UCSI University

    • Skilled finance, banking & investment professionals are projected to remain in high demand in Malaysia’s accountancy & finance job market as employers grow their businesses and add more value for clients. Strong demand exists for qualified graduates in finance, banking & investment possessing critical thinking skills, innovative, interpersonal communication skills and a strong command of the English language.
    • Although Malaysia’s finance sector is growing steadily the supply of talent has begun to decrease. That’s not good news especially now that Malaysia needs more finance talents in preparation for the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) which is set to bolster the country’s economic landscape.
    • TRX, Malaysia’s version of Wall Street, will bring together local and overseas financial institutions and other corporations in a single area. The country is said to require 40,000 qualified financial talents by 2020 yet about 56,000 new finance industry jobs will be available in the next 10 years.  That’s not nearly enough.
    • By 2020, the Malaysian financial services sector is predicted to create 275,400 new jobs, with positions relating to accountsinvestments, international trade, sales and marketing and economics becoming widely available.
  • Business
    I am so glad that my mother found EduSpiral online. I used to be quiet and not able to communicate well in English. Now, I am more confident and speak a lot in English because of the great university environment. Zhi Kang, Business Graduate from Asia Pacific University (APU)

    I am so glad that my mother found EduSpiral online. I used to be quiet and not able to communicate well in English. Now, I am more confident and speak a lot in English because of the great university environment.
    Zhi Kang, Business Graduate from Asia Pacific University (APU)

    • HR leaders, therefore, have a significant impact on the businesses in which they operate. From payroll, benefits and training, to implementing talent attraction and retention strategies, the HR function is critical to ensuring that a company’s workforce is at its tip top condition to perform effectively and productively.
    • HR professionals whose expertise lie in learning and development, talent management, change management and transformation are an extremely sought-after breed, and especially so if such talent possess digital adoption or digital project management experience to boot. The heightened need for greater tech-savvy HR professionals is accelerated by initiatives such as the Malaysian government’s announcement to pump US$720 million into its “Industry Digitalization Transformation Fund”, in its endeavours to enhance its digital economy. A significant US$50 million of which would be used to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in their transition to Industry 4.0.’
    • Aptly observed in a Deloitte report, “HR has a critical opportunity to help lead the transformation to a digital enterprise. In the next several years, HR teams that embrace digital platforms to take up the dual challenge of transforming HR operations on the one hand, and transforming the workforce and the way work is done on the other, will be game changers. HR leaders who “lean into” new technologies, platforms, and ways of working… will be strongly positioned to have an impact on business results and employee experience.” The importance of the HR function to digitalise the modus operandi of businesses has never been more indisputable.
    • Another factor driving HR talent demand in Malaysia is the setup of regional HR Shared Service Centres (SSCs) in the country. Candidates who have specific experience in this area are therefore highly sought after. This trend will continue to grow due to the language capabilities of Malaysian talent, which makes the country an ideal location for MNCs to operate SSCs.
  • Logistics & Supply Chain
    I had so many questions to ask and being in Sitiawan made it difficult to find out about the universities. I WhatsApped Eduspiral & he helped me to find the right university. Met me & my family to take us around & also register. Kuan Jian, Diploma in Logistics, UCSI University

    I had so many questions to ask and being in Sitiawan made it difficult to find out about the universities. I WhatsApped Eduspiral & he helped me to find the right university. Met me & my family to take us around & also register.
    Kuan Jian, Diploma in Logistics, UCSI University

    • As supply chains today are being revolutionised by emerging technologies, this has resulted in new growth areas such as e-commerce and last mile delivery markets. Hence, in tandem with this growth, the logistics industry
      has also been expanding rapidly in the country, especially in the Klang Valley area.
    • It has grown at a rapid rate and contributed 3.5 per cent to Malaysia’s gross domestic products in 2017 with a value of RM48.8 billion, adding 6.6 per cent to the services sector. The sector is expected to grow further at a rate of 8.9 per cent or higher in the future.
    • The NLTF together with the Human Resources Ministry and the Economic Planning Unit had conducted the Study of Manpower in the Malaysian Logistics Sub Sector 2017. The study had projected that the Malaysian logistics industry required an increase of 41 per cent workers from 393,000 in 2016 to 554,000 workers by 2022. Jobs will be created in the fast growing e-commerce sector especially at the Digital Free Trade Zone and the e-fulfilment centres. For high skilled workers, there will be an increase of 40 per cent from 60,800 workers to 85,000 workers in 2022. Similarly, the demand for semi skilled workers also increases by 40 per cent from 180,000 to 252,000. We need workers with expertise in the field of supply chain network design, integrated warehouse management, information technology application and sophisticated crane operations.
  • Marketing & Communications
    I was confused about what to study & concerned about Mass Comm. EduSpiral answered my questions with facts to show that mass comm is in demand in Malaysia. Jacob Lean, Graduated with Mass Communication from KDU University College

    I was confused about what to study & concerned about Mass Comm. EduSpiral answered my questions with facts to show that mass comm is in demand in Malaysia.
    Jacob Lean, Graduated with Mass Communication from KDU University College

    • Marketing & Communications professionals are the backbone of the companies in promoting the products & services and bringing in the profits. Without them, there won’t be any money coming in.
    • Malaysian employers are eager to hire professionals who can contribute to their customer experience and digital marketing initiatives. The need for talent with top skills in the digital and traditional marketing space continues to be driven by technology. The evolution of skills changes from one year to the next, but it is the way that businesses utilise these skills to drive their talent and overall business forward that matters the most. Professionals with skill sets in specific areas of marketing, and the knowledge to give advice and insights on how to develop areas such as SEO, PPC, and CRM, will be in high demand in 2020.
    • Southeast Asian companies have been on the hunt for marketing talent, with Malaysia witnessing a 14% annual growth from 56 in 2018 to 64 in 2019. This was an improvement from the month of February, which saw a 9% year-on-year (yoy) dip in the demand for advertising and marketing talent in Malaysia. The data is according to the Monster Employment Index (MEI) which is a monthly gauge of online hiring activity across Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines tracked by Monster.com
  • Engineering
    I loved motorsports and EduSpiral gave me great advise to help guide me to achieve my dream. Justin Moo, Mechanical Engineering graduate from Taylor's University

    I loved motorsports and EduSpiral gave me great advise to help guide me to achieve my dream.
    Justin Moo, Mechanical Engineering graduate from Taylor’s University

    • With major infrastructure developments underway, Malaysia’s engineering excellence and talent prospects are heading towards exciting times. With 200,000 engineers needed by 2020 to pursue developed nation status, this will mean tripling nearly 70,000 registered engineers of the talent pool.
    • The engineer to population ratio for developed nations is 1:100. For Malaysia, with a population of 32 million, the number of engineers should be 300,000.  As of February 2020, BEM’s registered Graduate Engineers and Professional Engineers stand at 137,073
    • Currently, according to Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) there are 11010 Professional Engineers and 81771 Graduate Engineers in Malaysia. Malaysia needs around 275,000 and 300,000 engineers in 5 and 10 years respectively.
    • Unveiled in late 2018, the National Policy on Industry 4.0, or Industry4WRD, will support the Engineering sector’s efforts to ramp up reliance on technology, and less on capital and manpower, to increase productivity – with the overall objective of transforming Malaysia into a
      strategic partner for smart manufacturing and high-tech industries.
    • Recognising the need for a future-ready and highly skilled engineering workforce to support this growth, the government intends to nearly double the number of skilled workers from 18% to 35% by 2025.
    • Plans have also been outlined for deeper investment in technical and vocational training as well as diploma and degree courses for students in engineering. Further, the development of a world class aerospace hub in Subang by Khazanah will lead to greater demand for highly skilled
      workers to meet the demands of the aerospace industry. As such, engineering talents that possess both technical knowledge and soft skills will continue to be sought after by employers across different industries
  • Construction
    • Malaysia’s construction industry is one of the fastest-moving sectors and with major projects going on around the nation, the industry is not forecasted to slow down anytime soon. The construction industry is expected to grow by 8.3% in 2017 making the industry worth a whopping RM170bn. Demand for construction professionals are higher than ever with Malaysia currently facing a shortage of supply of these professionals.
  • Creative Media
    I had taken a course and wasn't doing well. Then, I met EduSpiral who guided me to the right course and now I am doing very well. Brendon, Entertainment Arts graduate from KDU University College

    I had taken a course and wasn’t doing well. Then, I met EduSpiral who guided me to the right course and now I am doing very well.
    Brendon, Entertainment Arts graduate from KDU University College

    • According to a report by World Bank Group’s Global Knowledge and Research Hub in Malaysia, the local creative content industry raked in revenue of RM7.9 billion from 2013 to 2017 while the animation sector for export reached RM132 million. Comparatively, the Asian animation industry was valued at US$52 billion in 2017 with most segments growing at up to 3% year on year. The report said there are more than 372 studios in Malaysia that are directly involved in various stages of development and production and are creating 11,150 jobs.
    • For Malaysia, there are plenty of locally made games and animated shows that have taken off to become global icons. This includes Thor: War of Tapnorok, Bake ‘n Switch, WarPods, King’s League II, BoiBoiBoy, Ejen Ali, Chuck Chicken and so many more.
    • The Malaysian animation industry was worth RM567.86 million ($187.7 million) and employed over 3,000 people in 2016, according to the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) — the government-sponsored agency central to the nation’s digital content success. The total digital content industry in Malaysia now stands at RM 7 billion ($1.68 billion) with exports doubling since 2014 to RM 1 billion ($2.4 million). It reports there are now over 100 homegrown studios that have produced more than 65 original IPs and seen their work travel to 120+ countries, with an export value of RM170 million (over $32.2 million).
    • On the eGames sphere, the lead government agency in technology, MDEC, in its South-East Asia Game Industry Initiative report, said Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam had game companies that were able to generate between US$5mil and US$10mil revenue per year.
    • Meanwhile, the Communications and Multimedia Ministry has partnered with Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SIE WWS) to establish the global games powerhouse’s very first South-East Asia studio in Malaysia next year. The partnership was a strong recognition of Malaysia as the heart of the games industry in this region. Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios Malaysia Sdn Bhd (SIE WWS Malaysia) will provide art and animation services as part of the SIE WWS activities, developing global exclusive titles for PlayStation platforms.
    • The MSC Malaysia Annual and Quarterly Industry Report reported that games exports grew by a compound annual growth rate of 118% to RM681mil between 2014 and 2018. The domestic landscape features 53 game studios, many of which are developing local games and creating intellectual properties while also nurturing talent for both local and international projects.
  • Hospitality & Tourism
    I didn't know which college fit me, so, EduSpiral took me to visit 4 universities to help me choose. Erwin, Graduated from Diploma in Hospitality & Tourism

    I didn’t know which college fit me, so, EduSpiral took me to visit 4 universities to help me choose.
    Erwin, Graduated from Diploma in Hospitality & Tourism

    • A total of 330 million jobs are supported by the hospitality & tourism industry around the world, contributing 10 per cent, or US$8.9 trillion, to the global gross domestic product each year. Although the Covid-19 Pandemic has hit the hospitality & tourism industry badly, however, once it is over people will want to travel again and demand for hospitality & tourism professionals will once again rise in the next few years which means there would be jobs when you graduate.
    • Malaysia’s hospitality and tourism industry has great potential to boost further, following the abundance of natural resources, well-diversified cultural and cuisines, modern infrastructure, and strategic location, added by the intensified efforts to improve safety and security in the country, including measures to curb intrusion and other threats.

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