Top 10 in-demand jobs for 2021

These are the profiles many employers will be after this year. Do you have what it takes?

Sankar Pillai
January 7, 2021

The pandemic of 2020 skewed job markets worldwide with the result that employers and job aspirants are gravitating towards options that are multilayered in the sense that job profiles will help tasks to be accomplished from an office space or from the comfort of one’s homes. The continued demand for industry players to get humans off the factory floor and replace with an AI or automated interface also means blue collar jobs will become increasingly harder to find.

As the premier job portal in the UAE and the Middle East, is privy to trends in the job market and we would love to share these insights with you. Our laundry list of top 10 jobs for 2021 offers a peek into what employers will currently be looking out for among employees in the New Year. Happy hunting!

  1. Software Engineers

This includes the entire gamut of sub job profiles such as development operations, mobile developers, full stack developers, security engineers and front and backend engineers.

Average salaries: Dh15,000 – Dh30,000

  1. Human Resources Management

Executive assistant roles that can take on a gamut of varying profiles ranging from HR Executives and Managers all the way up to HR Directors, will be on call this year as per our findings. With redundancies, unfortunately having been the norm within companies this last year and to a certain extent in 2021 due to the backlash of Covid, firms will be on the lookout for competent HR reps who can assist not just in the hire and fire but also look at creating opportunities for jobs of the future, and find the perfect applicant that fits the post.

Average salaries: $65,000 – $200,000

  1. Financial Planners

Companies are definitely on the lookout for competent professionals who can analyse specific and niche financial matters as well as complicated queries on downsizing production and inventory with demand overall hitting a slump in the last 2 quarters. Financial planners, again cover a series of job profiles, from investment advisors and registered company representatives to chartered financial analysts, personal financial specialists and certified financial planners. If your job profiles fit any of these, you are in the money in 2021.

Average salaries: $80,000 – $400,000

  1. Digital Product Developers

Digital product development refers to the engineering of software-driven user experiences that help in improving the organisation’s user journey overall. Employing agile development methodologies, it helps deliver products at speed while regularly testing and iterating based on stakeholder input. Digital product developers include UI/UX developers as well as product managers.

Average salaries: Dh20,000 – Dh40,000

  1. Cloud Infrastructure and Cybersecurity Professionals

There has been overwhelming attention directed towards cybersecurity with the spate of ID thefts, hacking and phishing attacks that have swamped banks, financial institutions, social media brands and more globally. Aspiring to be the safest nation in the world, the UAE is also putting its best foot forward to ensure that that professional competence will be on call to help it match these aspirations. The result being, professionals involved in cybersecurity and cloud infrastructure support will be in demand in the UAE, going into 2021 and beyond.

Average salaries: Dh15,000 – Dh30,000

  1. Business Development and Sales Specialists

Salespersons on top of their game have always been a coveted species since humans first started enjoying the fruits of commerce. More than 5,000 years later, things haven’t changed much in 2021 with business development managers and sales specialists being very much in demand among employers. The goods may have changed, as well as the approach to selling them but the profile remains very much the same and is on top of the heap in 2021.

Average salaries: Dh10,000 – Dh30,000

  1. E-commerce Managers

Among the glut of sectors that gave in to the Covid onslaught, one vertical shone through and continues to hit new highs going into 2021. The e-commerce sector has been rapidly growing globally over the last couple of decades and as the hub for e-commerce activity in the Middle East Dubai and the UAE, set the yardstick for sectoral trends, with the result that e-commerce managers will be in demand this year.

Average salaries: Dh8,000 – Dh20,000

  1. Data Scientists

With the demand for big data from a series of industries and sectors, data scientists are increasingly being looked at as the cornerstone to help companies drive their business into the digital future. Seen as big data wranglers, data scientists gather and analyse large sets of structured and unstructured data. A data scientist’s role combines computer science, statistics, and mathematics, analysing, processing and modeling data before interpreting the results to create actionable plans for companies and other organisations. They also utilize their skills in the fields of technology and social science to pinpoint and highlight trends and manage data.

Average salaries: Dh10,000 – Dh35,000

  1. Marketing and social media specialist

The rise of social media has been a phenomenon observed for over a decade and those who cottoned on to the trend early on have reaped rich dividends. Marketing and social media specialists are uniquely responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring the company’s Social Media strategy in order to increase brand awareness, improve marketing efforts and increase sales in the long term.

Average salaries: Dh5,000 – Dh15,000

  1. Edtech experts

Edtech experts are hired by organizations and educational institutions to train teachers and others on using hardware and software in the learning process. Instructional technology specialists also implement and maintain computer networks as well as technology-based learning hardware and applications.

Average salaries: Dh10,000 – Dh25,000

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