5 More Careers Off the Beaten Path

You’ve read our article about interesting careers.

Well, we’re here with five more to show you just how many different careers are out there! Before we begin, do remember that all salary figures should only serve as guides.

1. Google Store Producer

This position can best be described as “product marketing specialist”, as the role requires you to be involved with the entire marketing strategy of all of Google’s consumer products such as Gmail, Chrome, Search, and Android, as well as with Google’s business products like Google Ads, Analytics, and AdSense.

A Google Store Producer is in charge of every facet of a product’s journey and development.

The position also requires you to work with multiple departments like sales, legal teams, corporate communications, webmasters, and product engineers and developers to bring attention to Google’s various products and grow their consumer base.

Responsibilities

A Google Store Producer is responsible for the following:

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  • Managing the Google Store site content.
  • Managing and prioritizing stakeholder feedback.
  • Managing projects and workload distribution.
  • Maintaining Google’s standard of excellence across all products and workplaces.
  • Educating concerned parties on project guidelines and processes.
  • Keeping lines of communication open and clear between stakeholders and Google team members.
  • Keeping diversity and inclusion between internal team members and external partners at healthy levels.

Skills

The position requires the following skills:

  • Ability to work effectively in a high-competitive and fast-paced environment.
  • Strategic thinking.
  • Ability to communicate and define complex programs in simple terms.
  • Ability to meet project deadlines with little to no errors.
  • Ability to meet stakeholder and partner expectations.

Qualifications/Courses

While Google will accept applicants with minimum qualifications, here’s their minimum and preferred qualification standards for reference:

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Six years of marketing experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum qualifications listed above.
  • Experience meeting project deadlines.
  • Experience working with external and internal teams for a wide array of projects

Salary

While Google does not publicly state the salary for their Google Store Producer position, most mid-level Google positions in Singapore offer an average salary of around $100K (SGD) per annum.

Do you like the idea of working for one of the largest companies in the world known for fostering creativity, productivity, and employee morale? In that case, this position is worth looking into!

2. Analytical Chemist

Analytical chemists use their knowledge of chemistry, instrumentation, statistics, and computers to solve chemistry problems.

Analytical chemists are sought out in a variety of industries including pharmaceutical, food & beverage, oil & petroleum, environmental, medical, legal, education, government, and trade & commerce.

However, the core fields most analytical chemists find work in are pharmaceuticals, toxicology, and forensics.

Responsibilities

Typical responsibilities for most analytical chemist jobs include:

  • Carrying out research and analysis via software and analytical techniques.
  • Analyzing and interpreting research data.
  • Accurately recording research data following current standards and guidelines.
  • Reporting, presenting, and writing research results through research papers, reports, and reviews.
  • Keeping abreast of the most recent scientific developments in the field of chemistry and developing new analytical methods per those developments.
  • Keeping compliant with health & safety standards.
  • Cooperating with research staff, suppliers, and customers.

Skills

Since the position requires a great deal of technical and analytical skills, along with a variety of personality traits conducive to research analysis, analytical chemists are expected to have a wide variety of skill sets including:

  • A logical mind.
  • Independent thinking.
  • A systematic approach to research and analysis.
  • Theoretical and working knowledge of a variety of analytical techniques.
  • Working knowledge of HPLC and UPLC.
  • Theoretical and working knowledge of laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to use critical thinking to solve complex problems.
  • Good IT skills.
  • Good teamwork, communication, and presentation skills.

Qualifications/Courses

The minimum requirement for an analytical chemist position is a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, applied chemistry, or biochemistry.

However, candidates should also secure these other qualifications to increase their chances of getting hired:

  • A postgraduate qualification in analytical chemistry.
  • Courses in mathematics, geochemistry, material science, and environmental science,
  • Prior research and laboratory experience.

Our local institutes of higher learning offer a variety of Bachelor of Science chemistry degrees that would be beneficial for anyone seeking a position in analytical chemistry.

Salary

The average pay for an analytical chemist working in Singapore is $85,872 (SGD) per year.

While the average salary range for Singapore analytical chemists is typically between $60,947 (SGD) to $106,811 (SGD) per year, those with postgraduate degrees can expect a salary increase anywhere between $186,000 (SGD) per year ($15,500 SGD per month) to $297,000 (SGD) per year ($24,800 SGD per month).

Since analytical chemists can work in a variety of fields within a variety of industries, it is a great career for anyone looking for job flexibility and job security.

While the work itself is quite challenging due to the various responsibilities and roles the job demands, it is ideal for those who like dealing with and solving new and complex problems regularly, as well as for those who want to work in an environment where ongoing learning is a must.

3. Robotics Engineer

A robotics engineer (a.k.a. Automation system engineer, robotics test engineer) develops and designs both the applications and operations of robots and robotic systems.

Robotic engineers test automated machines and automated systems for safety, cost-effectiveness, and efficiency.

The robots and automated systems they work on are primarily for use in manufacturing assembly lines but can also be used in other areas where automated machinery is needed in both the public and private sector.

Responsibilities

Since there are different types of job roles a robotic engineer can play, there are varying responsibilities assigned to the position.

The different types of jobs commonly associated with the robotics engineer field include:

  • Robotics Programmer
  • Robotics System Engineer
  • Robot Design Engineer
  • Automated Product Design Engineer
  • Robotics Test Engineer

All of these positions, however, will include the following job roles to a more or lesser degree depending on the job title:

  • Writing software.
  • Designing robotic mechanisms.
  • Building electronics for robots and automated systems.
  • Researching robotic systems.
  • Developing robotic systems and their components.
  • Maintaining robotic systems and their components.
  • Checking and tweaking automated systems for maximum efficiency.

Skills

There are skills that robotic engineers must possess regardless of which area of robotics they choose to work in.

These skills are as follows:

  • The ability to handle and work on different automated systems.
  • Working knowledge of programming for the most common languages in robotics (Pascal, Lisp, Java, etc…)
  • Reading comprehension and continuous learning in the field of robotics.
  • A good grasp of mathematics – algebra, calculus, and geometry.
  • Practical application of mathematics and science in real-world situations.
  • Good critical and analytical thinking.
  • Ability to explain robotics to non-specialists in both verbal and written formats.
  • Proficiency in technology design.
  • Ability to fix problems before and after they arise.
  • Persistence, dependability, and flexibility.

Qualifications/Courses

As the position requires a high degree of technical and specialized skills in the field of robotic automation, the eligibility requirements are quite high.

The following qualifications must be obtained before applying for the position:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in robotics engineering.
  • Specialization in specific fields of robotics such as Automation, Micro Robotics, Robotic Motion Planning, or Medical Robotics.
  • Working knowledge of Computer-Aided Design (CADD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM)

Singapore offers a broad range of robotics engineering programs and courses within the country that will help you fulfil all the requirements listed above.

Salary

In Singapore, the average salary for a robotics engineer is roughly $98,800 (SGD) per year.

With experience, you can expect your salary to increase quite sufficiently, ultimately capping off at around $134,400-$141,600 (SGD) per annum at the 15 to 20-year mark.

There is a lot of flexibility for robotic engineers, as they can work in a wide array of industries from gaming to manufacturing to government and private research organizations.

While the qualifications and skill sets needed for the job are rather demanding, the rewards for the position make it obtaining them worthwhile—finding a job is almost assured and a good starting and excellent rising salary is practically guaranteed.

4. Blockchain Developer

Blockchain developers design and develop blockchain technology that enables secure digital transactions.

They design and optimize blockchain technology, develop blockchain applications, and maintain both client and service-side transactions and applications.

Blockchain developers are now in demand in Singapore as the government and local businesses continue to use blockchain for more of their digital transaction needs, including COVID-19 test results.

Responsibilities

A blockchain developer is responsible for performing the following tasks:

  • Developing and optimizing blockchain technologies and protocols.
  • Creating blockchain systems.
  • Developing web apps and digital contracts using blockchain technology.
  • Continuous testing and improving blockchain technologies and their applications.
  • Documenting and communicating new blockchain solutions for interested parties.

Skills

The following skills are required for anyone considering entering this field:

  • Ability to develop software.
  • Proficiency in C++, Java, and JavaScript.
  • Working knowledge of algorithms and data structures.
  • Basic knowledge of cryptography.
  • Basic knowledge of P2P networks.
  • Strong knowledge of blockchains such as Bitcoin.
  • Ability to write multithreaded code.

Qualifications/Courses

Being a technical position, a blockchain developer will need to acquire certain technical qualifications to be considered a possible candidate.

These qualifications include:

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science or Information Technology.
  • Experience with technologies like programming languages, data structures, databases and networking, and cryptography.
  • Some experience with basic blockchain theories and technologies like Cryptonomics, DApps, Ethereum, Smart Contracts, and Solidity,

Salary

Since the position is currently in high demand in Singapore, it offers a high salary as well.

Blockchain developer salaries in Singapore range between $120,000 (SGD) and $250,00 (SGD) per year.

If you are a person who loves using and figuring out the latest technologies, this position might be right for you.

Blockchain technology is not just for cryptocurrencies as its applications continue to increase each year—medical data, music royalty tracking, supply-chain management, and many more.

This means there will be plenty of jobs available for blockchain developers in the years to come, and as this technology continues to improve, so will the skill sets and knowledge of those who engineer it.

5. Biomechanist

Biomechanics is a branch of science that explores movement in living things.

A biomechanist is someone who uses biology and body mechanics to better understand how the human body moves and discover ways for it to move better to avoid injuries.

Since it is focused primarily on peak movements that help improve performance and limit physical injuries, biochemists typically work in sports management and for companies that sell sports-related items such as athletic shoes and sports equipment.

Responsibilities

There are many roles associated with this position.

The most common ones include:

  • Carrying out experiments and projects on behalf of the employer.
  • Keeping up-to-date with regulatory rules, inspection protocols, and chemistry best practices.
  • Conducting experiments with DNA, proteins, and molecules.
  • Researching treatments for cells and other biological functions.
  • Writing technical reports based on experiments.
  • Conducting presentations with hospital and clinic staff based on experiment results.
  • Attending medical conferences to further biomechanical and biochemical knowledge.
  • Recommending tests and treatments to hospitals and sports clinics.

Skills

This position requires the following skill sets:

  • Proficiency in various medical technologies and software (Gait analysis software, virtual instrument software).
  • Proficiency in computer-aided design software (SolidWorks CAD).
  • Proficiency in scientific software (Stratasys FDM MedModeler).
  • Proficiency in system architecture software (IBM Rational RequisitePro).
  • Basic knowledge of science, medicine, and sometimes dentistry.
  • Ability to perform systems and operations analysis.
  • Good reasoning and problem-solving skills.
  • Desire to continuously improve knowledge related to the field of biomechanics.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas in simple terms to clients.

Qualifications/Courses

Since a biomechanist needs to possess the anatomical and physical knowledge of a medical doctor along with a strong grasp of the physics of movement, the minimum qualification is a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in the areas of engineering or medical anatomy.

However, it is suggested that potential candidates also possess the following additional qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree in Kinesiology.
  • A master’s of science or doctoral degree in Kinesiology, Biomechanical Engineering, or Biomedical Engineering.
  • Courses in Physics and Computer Science

The Singapore University of Social Sciences offers accreditation in both Sports Biomechanics and Applied Biomechanics for those interested in pursuing a career as a biomechanist.

Salary

As a biomechanist in Singapore, you can expect to make around $30,000 (SGD) yearly.

The max salary cap for the average biomechanical engineer job in Singapore is $99,000 (SGD) annually.

The fact that one can work in various fields related to biomechanics – sports physiologist, biomechanical researcher, physical therapist—makes this career path a very flexible one.

If you like the thought of earning a high-paying salary and the ability to switch job positions in the future while staying in the same field, you should give some serious consideration to pursuing this career path.

Conclusion

The above five positions require technical proficiency, a large skill set, and high qualifications from candidates but also provide a good salary, job advancement, and future security to anyone willing to obtain the technical expertise and skillsets required from them.

We hope you’ve found them interesting!

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