Top Jobs in Demand in Malaysia according to Institute of Labour Market Information & Analysis


Top Jobs in Demand in Malaysia

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The Institute for Labour Market Information and Analysis (ILMIA), a division of the Ministry of Human Resources was set up in May 2012. As Malaysia’s leading labour information centre, it provides the analysis of labour market trends and emerging human capital issues for enabling human capital planning and labour policies formulation. The report is taken from ILMIA’s website. From looking at the top jobs in demand in Malaysia, it will help students to choose the right course so that when you graduate, you will have a job.

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The Types of Jobs with Highest Demand in Malaysia

"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, Accounting graduate from Asia Pacific University

“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, Accounting graduate from Asia Pacific University

Every university and course in Malaysia is different and each student wants different things to fit their education and career goals. There are hundreds of private universities and colleges in Malaysia offering a wide range of Foundation, Diploma & Degree courses. Students after SPM, O-Levels, STPM, UEC, A-Levels or other Pre-University programme will almost certainly need to decide what is most important to you.

Choosing a university to study in Malaysia is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. Your decision will be influenced by many criteria such as the reputation & ranking of the university, accreditation of its courses, the suitability of the course against your academic results and career goals, tuition fees, quality of lecturers, facilities, friends & family, and more.

So choosing the right course at the right university in Malaysia for you will require some research and consultation with knowledgeable and experienced counselors. The more research you put into the process the more likely you will make the right decision. Doing your homework will ensure that you have chosen the best university in Malaysia that will equip you with the knowledge and skills for a successful career.

Choosing a top private university in Malaysia to study after SPM, O-Levels, UEC, Pre-U, A-Levels or STPM takes time, it is a process in finding out which one best fits you.  A knowledgeable counselor or education consultant  in Malaysia would be able to provide detailed information about the university and its courses, facts & evidence to support the job prospects for the course and in-depth information about  which university would be suit you. While an experienced counselor or education consultant would be able to analyse your results, understand your personality & skills to figure out which course and career suits you.

Institute of Labour Market Information & Analysis (ILMIA) Jobs in Demand in Malaysia

Top jobs are defined as those with these 4 elements;
a) required by key industries and companies to sustain their growth,
b) required by key industries and companies to move-up the value chain,
c) are facing critical shortages, and
d) are highly valued and highly skilled.

Sector Sub-Sector Jobs
ELECTRICAL & ELCTRONICS IC Design Engineer
Firmware Engineer
RF Engineer
Software Engineer
Media Process Engineer
Wafer Fabrication Engineer
Test Measurement Engineer
Product Design Engineer
Sector Sub-Sector Jobs
OIL & GAS Chemical Engineer
Petroleum Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Electrical Instumentation Engineer
Geoscientist
Health, Safety & Environment
Civil & Structural Engineer
Materials & Metallurgical Engineer
Mechanical Technician
Electrical Technician
Sector Sub-Sector Jobs
BUSINESS SERVICES Aviation MRO Licensed Aircraft Engineer
Avionics Trade Engineer
Power Plant Engineer
Quality Engineer
Certifying Vefication Engineer
Instructor
Draftman
Window Repair Technician
Ship Building/ Ship Repair Marine Engineer
Naval Architect
Marine Wielders
Electricians
Green Technology Steam Engineer
Boiler Engineer
Commissioning Specialist
Energy Manager
Energy Consultant
Energy Engineer
High Tension Chargeman
Energy Audit Consultant
Finance Facility
Application Engineer
Design Engineer
Project Engineer
ESD Engineer
Renewable Energy Engineer
Service Unit Manager
Operation Assistant
Sector Sub-Sector Jobs
TOURISM Accomodation Financial Controller
Tourism Services Tourist Guide
Food & Beverage Food & Beverage Manager
Chief Chef
Chef de Partie
Commis Chef
Retail & Attractions Cultural & Heritage Sales & Marketing
MICE Sales & Marketing
MICE Research Analyst
MICE Event Planner
Source: Electrical & Electronics and Oils & Gas: TalentCorp’s Talent Demand & Supply Studies AND Business Services & Tourism: ILMIA’s Sectorial Studies
The changing of the economic structure is a probable cause for the rise in the unemployment. For many years, the manufacturing has been the strongest sector in the country until it is now being progressively replaced by the services sector. The services sector requires people who do not only possess the right technical knowledge, but also those who possess the right soft skills – interpersonal, communication, wisdom, maturity and are business oriented. Now, getting graduates with that kind of quality is a tough endeavor these days. It is even hard to find graduates who can speak moderate English.

Choose to Study Courses with High Job Demand in Malaysia so that you have a Successful Future Career

6 key sectors and their most sought-after occupations in Malaysia*

Malaysia must ensure a high-quality flow of talent supply to ensure a robust economy. This means maintaining a productive workforce and making sure there are no imbalances across the key sectors that drive the country’s economy.

To address this, the Critical Skills Monitoring Committee was established under the 11th Malaysia Plan to study skill mismatches in the labour market. As a result, the Pilot Critical Occupations List (COL) was published. The COL monitors and informs us about the most sought-after occupations by industry in Malaysia – here’s a look at the 42 jobs listed in the COL across six key sectors for 2015/2016:

Oil & Gas Sector

  • Geologists and Geophysicists
  • Industrial and Production Engineers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Chemical Engineers
  • Mining Engineers, Metallurgists and Related Professions
  • Engineering Professionals Not Elsewhere Classified
  • Accountants
  • Business Service Managers
  • Environmental and Occupational Health Inspectors and Associates
Electrical & Electronics Sector

  • Electrical Engineers
  • Electronic Engineers
  • Manufacturing Professionals
  • Policy and Planning Managers
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Services Managers
  • Mathematicians, Actuaries and Statisticians
  • Industrial and Production Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Engineering Professionals Not Elsewhere Classified
  • System Analysts
  • Software Developers
  • Applications Programmers
  • Electronics Engineering Technicians
  • Mechanical Engineering Technicians
  • Business Services Managers
Telco & Multimedia Sector

  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Services Managers
  • Database and Network Professionals Not Elsewhere Classified
  • Database Designers and Administrators
  • Business Services Managers
  • Mathematicians, Actuaries and Statisticians
  • Financial Analysts
  • Management and Organisation Analysts
  • Systems Analysts
  • Applications Programmers
  • System Administrators
  • Computer Network Professionals
  • Telecommunications Engineers
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) & Global Business
Services (GBS) Sector

  • Software Developers
  • Applications Programmers
  • Accounting Associate Professionals
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) User Support Technicians
  • Graphic and Multimedia Designers
  • Electronic Engineers
  • Personnel and Career Professionals
  • Computer Network Professionals
  • Software and Application Developers and Analysts Not Elsewhere Classified
  • System Administrators
  • Information and Communications Technology Services Managers
  • Mathematicians, Actuaries and Statisticians
  • Manufacturing Professionals
  • Accountants
  • Financial Analysts
  • Systems Analysts
  • Administrative Managers
Financial Services Sector

  • Finance Managers
  • Business Services Managers (Includes Compliance Managers)
  • Accountants
  • Financial and Investment Advisers
  • Financial Analysts
  • Personnel and Career Professionals
  • Systems Analysts
  • Applications Programmers
  • Credit and Loans Officers
  • Lawyers
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Services Managers
  • Mathematicians, Actuaries and Statisticians
  • Securities and Finance Dealer and Brokers
  • Insurance Underwriters
  • Advertising and Marketing Professionals
  • Research and Development Managers
Accounting Sector

  • Finance Managers
  • Accountants
  • Financial Analysts

More about the COL and the Critical Skills Monitoring Committee

As part of efforts under the 11th Malaysia Plan to address skill mismatches in the labour market, the Critical Skills Monitoring Committee (CSC) was established, jointly led by TalentCorp and the Institute of Labour Market Information and Analysis (ILMIA), MOHR. One of the CSC’s key initiatives is to construct a COL that will be evidence-based and reflects the most sought-after occupations by industry, which may also be hard-to-fill positions.

The pilot COL covers six key economic sectors:

  1. Electrical & Electronics
  2. Oil & Gas
  3. Information and Communication
  4. Technology & Global Business Services (ICT & GBS)
  5. Telecommunications & Multimedia
  6. Financial Services and Accounting.

6 key sectors and their most sought-after occupations*

Talentcorp Critical Occupations List addressing Malaysia's talent shortages-leaderonomics-com

Talentcorp Critical Occupations List addressing Malaysia’s talent shortages-leaderonomics-com

A quick guide to the Critical Occupations List (COL) by TalentCorp & the Institute of Labour Market Information and Analysis (ILMIA)

What is the Critical Occupations List?

The Critical Occupations List (COL) identifies the jobs most in demand in key sectors of the economy, and for which industries may be facing shortages or difficulties in hiring.

It is developed by the Critical Skills Monitoring Committee (CSC), which is jointly led by TalentCorp and the Institute of Labour Market Information and Analysis (ILMIA). The input of the CSC would be used as part of the proposed Human Capital Council to be chaired by the Prime Minister to coordinate the Government’s human capital policies.

How was the Critical Occupations List (COL developed?

The COL combines a top-down and bottom-up approach, a framework developed together with the World Bank and is in line with what is practised in the United Kingdom. It is developed in three stages:

  1. Top-down analysis: National level statistics are rigorously analysed to detect occupations that are sought after. In particular, the Department of Statistics’ Labour Force Survey 2011-2014 is analysed to identify occupations exhibiting high employment and wage growth, an indicator of high demand.
  2. Bottom-up consultation: Results from the top-down analysis are then validated by the industry via a combination of surveys and consultations, in addition to engagements with sector regulators (eg MDEC for ICT and MCMC for telecommunications).
  3. Public consultation: The COL is released publicly and is open for feedback, providing the opportunity for government agencies, employers and individuals to provide further input or evidence on sought-after occupations.

How can we benefit from the Critical Occupations List (COL?

Understanding the specific skills that are in demand by key industries can help:

  1. The government coordinate policies and prioritise publicly financed initiatives, such as scholarships, reskilling programmes or inward immigration, to enhance the supply of sought-after skills in Malaysia.
  2. The industry to go beyond business as usual in its recruiting strategy, and to explore alternative measures such as targeting Malaysians abroad and investing further in developing sought-after skills, whether through in-house training or industry-academia collaboration.
  3. The general public such as parents and young talents, in selecting their course of study and career paths based on areas in demand.

When was the Critical Occupations List (COL published?

The pilot Critical Occupations List 2015/2016 was published in December 2015 based on labour data spanning 2011–2014. The pilot document identified 42 occupations from six key economic sectors as critical.

The list will continually be refined and updated on an annual basis to ensure that it remains relevant and provides an accurate and timely picture of skills imbalances in Malaysia.

How to Choose the Best Course to Study at Top Private Universities in Malaysia

Lonnie Sik, Founder & Managing Director of EduSpiral Consultant Services has more than 20 years experience in the private education industry and counseling students on choosing the right course

It is important to choose the right course to study – you don’t want to waste your time and money on a course you don’t want to do (or end up dropping out of). To help you decide which course is right for you, make a list of courses that are of interest to you.

Is it a subject you have already studied? For example, maybe you loved the English subject and you read novels for pleasure in your own time. You can consider Teaching English as a Second Language, journalism or Mass Communication. In addition, you don’t have to do a journalism degree to become a journalist – many degrees are considered!

Maybe you’ve always been interested in computers and the internet at home, and enjoyed maths at school, so are considering a degree in computer science, a course subject you probably won’t have studied before. Experienced education counselors are able to analyse your interests, personality and exam results to help you make a list of possible courses for consideration.

Looking at your results in SPM could help you to decide which course you would be good at. If you are

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good in Maths & Physics then you can consider Engineering courses. Having good results in Chemistry, Biology & Maths, you can think of a career in Food Science, Pharmacy or Medicine. Talking to an experienced education advisor would help you to navigate through this confusing time of choosing the best course that fits you.

Many students after SPM make the mistake of just listening to advise without verifying whether the information given is true or not. In addition, just because you have heard or seen a lot of advertisements by a particular university, doesn’t mean that it is the best in that course.

Many of the course counselors at the universities are paid by the universities to get you to register there, so their main motivation is to get you to register, not to help you make the right choice.

You should also ask yourself if you would still be interested in that subject for a further three or four years

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– enough to motivate yourself to work and research independently? Remember, you are going to work in this career for the next 50 years after graduation, therefore, you should have a high interest in the course.

The course that you choose should also have a job demand in Malaysia for you after you graduate. Choosing a course that you are passionate about without job demand and you may end up being jobless. Look for statistics and research to support whether there is a job demand for your future career in Malaysia or Singapore. Here at EduSpiral Consultant Services, we do our research on the job demand for the careers in Malaysia, Salary Reports, and universities so that we can advise our students based on facts and evidence.

Now why would you want to talk to EduSpiral Consultant Services when you can contact the private universities directly? Well, EduSpiral Consultant Services staff have more than 15 years experience in counseling students. Having worked in the private education industry, we have in-depth knowledge of each private university and college in what they are good at. We have worked with our partner universities and colleges for many years while the counselors at the private universities or agents’ offices change every few years therefore they would not have the in-depth knowledge of the courses and the university that they are working at.

How to Choose the Right Course to Study after SPM?

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My mother whatsapped EduSpiral & he provided vital information to help me make my decision to transfer my diploma.
Soon Hong, Marketing at HELP University

It can be confusing for students to choose the right major for their undergraduate degree studies in Malaysia. Preparations should have been made even before this time but fear not it is still not too late if you have not decided on a career path. It is important for you to research carefully the career that you intend to pursue.

Students after SPM or O-Levels would need to go through some sort of a Pre-University programme before entering into the degree course. Therefore, you still have about 1 to 1.5 years in your Pre-U programme to really figure out what to study for your degree.

It can be confusing to choose the right course after SPM. You should carefully think about what are the options available to you. To choose the best course that fits you, you need to consider the following:

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  • Look at your results – what are your best & worst subjects, and which subjects are your favourite?
  • What are your interests & hobbies?
  • What is your passion?
  • Job demand for the career of choice. There is no point in choosing a course out of passion and then graduate to find out that you cannot get a job in that field.
  • Salary of the career of choice
  • Discuss the budget for your studies with your parents. There is no point in choosing a course like Pharmacy or Medicine, if you cannot afford it.

Ask a Knowledgeable & Experienced Education Consultant in Malaysia to Help you Choose the Right Course after SPM

Choosing a course to study after SPM is not a science, it is a process

Lonnie Sik, Founder of EduSpiral, has more than 15 years of experience counseling thousands of students on how to choose the right course & university

Lonnie Sik, Founder of EduSpiral, has more than 15 years of experience counseling thousands of students on how to choose the right course & university

in finding out who you are and what you are good at. An experienced Education Advisor would be invaluable in assisting you to choose the right course. Students need to talk to the right education counselors so that you get the right information to help you in making this life-changing decision.

Ask the right Education Counselors. Would you ask a Doctor on how to repair your car? Or would you ask a mechanic for medical advise? Although this sounds ridiculous, but many students do listen to advise from young and inexperienced counselors from universities, colleges or agents’ offices.  Talking to an experienced education advisor would help you to navigate through this confusing time of choosing the best course that fits you.

Experienced education counselors are able to analyse your interests, personality and exam results to help you make a list of possible courses for consideration. EduSpiral Consultant Services staff have more than 15 years experience in counseling students. Having worked in the private education industry, we have in-depth knowledge of each private university and college in what they are good at.

EduSpiral Consultant Services has worked with our partner universities and colleges for many years while the counselors at the private universities or agents’ offices change every few years therefore they would not have the in-depth knowledge of the courses and the university that they are working at.

What am I good at? What am I not good at?

"I attended EduSpiral's Education Fair at KInta Riverfront after my SPM exam in December and obtained great information there. Although Asia Pacific University is famous for IT but I found out that they have a solid accounting programme and I can get a UK degree. I got a scholarship as well from APU." Julian Hum, from SMK St. Michael Institution, Ipoh studying Business at Asia Pacific University.

“I attended EduSpiral’s Education Fair at KInta Riverfront after my SPM exam in December and obtained great information there. Although Asia Pacific University is famous for IT but I found out that they have a solid accounting programme and I can get a UK degree. I got a scholarship as well from APU.”
Julian Hum, from SMK St. Michael Institution, Ipoh studying Business at Asia Pacific University.

An undergraduate degree course in Malaysia lasts three to five years – that’s a long time to spend studying something which you don’t enjoy, especially at a more intense level! First of all ask yourself what you have enjoyed studying at secondary school in Malaysia.

Your SPM or O-Level results will show what you are actually good at. Having good results in Maths, you can consider Actuarial Science, Accounting, Computing or Finance courses. Having narrowed down to these courses, you can go for the Foundation in Arts for 1 year before really choosing which one to study for your degree.

Alternatively you can also think about subjects you definitely don’t want to study at university level and which you can’t wait to say goodbye to. Crossing these off will make your list of options smaller and less overwhelming.

Your parents and friends would also be able to give you an idea of what you are good at. Looking at your hobbies and interests would help to narrow down the list. Your hobby in drawing could open the possibility of choosing design courses.

What qualifications do I have already?

You may already have an idea of the area you want to study and find a career in, which will have dictated what subjects you’re already studying at school. However it’s good to look at the qualifications and grades you have (or are predicted to have) to see what you are already eligible to study. Some students want to study medicine but in their SPM results, they only managed to get 5Cs. To study in medicine, one needs to have at least 5Bs including the science subjects. Students need to be realistic in choosing their course of study by looking at their actual results.

If your actual results do not meet the entry requirements for your particular course of interest, then you may need to consider other options or to resit the SPM or O-Level exam to get the necessary results.

What are my interests?

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If you can’t think of an academic subject which you’re especially strong at or one which you would want to pursue at university-level, think about your non-academic interests outside of school. It’s likely that you’re much more passionate about these but you’ve never even thought you could study a course related to these (or pursue a career in this area).

Your hobbies, interests and which clubs & societies that you have joined in secondary school would give you some idea of what you are good at. These, together with your actual results would contribute to your decision-making process in choosing the right course of study.

New courses are being created all the time to prepare and develop talent for growing industries, such as animation or computer game design. Projects, events and knowledge related to these interests can all contribute to show that you’re passionate about this area and eligible to study on a course which can prepare you for a related career.

In other cases there may be several routes to your dream career, some of which may allow you to study something different before transferring or. Talk to those who are already working in this area to see how they got to where they are now, including what they studied (or even what they wish they had studied).

What do I want to do for my career?

EduSpiral explained the courses in detail and took us around the campus to view the Pharmacy facilities to help me make a good decision about my future career. Ka Jun, Pharmacy at UCSI University

EduSpiral explained the courses in detail and took us around the campus to view the Pharmacy facilities to help me make a good decision about my future career.
Ka Jun, Pharmacy at UCSI University

You may have a clear idea of what you want to do for a career which makes choosing a course to study easier, particularly if you want to become a doctor or lawyer. You can search our articles section to see if we’ve already written about your dream graduate career and how you can achieve this.

When making a decision about your career, it is important to take into consideration the average salary. Starting salaries in Malaysia is about RM2800 to RM3000 for most careers while starting salaries in Singapore is about SGD2714. Although starting salaries is generally the same level for everyone, what you do in the following years of your job will determine how much higher you would get.

Therefore, it is also important to choose the right university that would equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to move up in your career. Many students make the mistake of choosing the cheapest university for their studies and then later realise that they cannot get the promotion or salary increment because they did not get the skills needed. English is one of these skills that most students do not take seriously about its importance for promotion and salary increments in future jobs.

Think about it, if you are unable to write a report or email in proper English or do a presentation smoothly, how would you be able to become a manager or CEO eventually?

Best Education Pathway After SPM

I was confused about what to study and talking to EduSpiral helped me a lot. Coming from Sarawak made it difficult for me to know which university was best in Malaysia & EduSpiral provided good insights. Eric Lu, Business at KDU University College

I was confused about what to study and talking to EduSpiral helped me a lot. Coming from Sarawak made it difficult for me to know which university was best in Malaysia & EduSpiral provided good insights.
Eric Lu, Business at KDU University College

There are basically 2 pathways after SPM or O-Levels. You can either go for a Diploma course or Pre-University Course in Malaysia or Singapore. “Pre” means before, therefore, “Pre-University” means the course that you take before entering into a university bachelors degree programme. The common courses under Pre-University are STPM, A-Levels, Foundation, AUSMAT, etc.

Students after SPM or O-Levels who are not sure what to study at degree level can go for the Pre-University course in Malaysia like A-Levels, AUSMAT or Foundation and then proceed on to the degree in Malaysia.

Choosing the right Pre-University course that fits you would mean that you have to ask yourself which methods of assessment best suit you? Exams, coursework, practicals, group projects and presentations could all be in the mix in differing quantities. Every Pre-University course will include a % breakdown of assessment. You need to understand yourself and capabilities in order to decide which Pre-University course would best suit you.

EduSpiral met me and my parents at KDU University College to explain about the hospitality course and then took us around for a campus tour. This helped me to make my choice on what to study and where to study easier.
Jia Lin, Hospitality at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

Students who are sure of what they want to study after SPM or O-Levels can enter the Diploma course first. The Diploma pathway in Malaysia for students after SPM is 2 or 2.5 years and then enter into Year 2 of the Degree programme.

There are many types of diploma and Pre-University courses in Malaysia as well as hundreds of undergraduate majors to choose from. But knowing the right one for you is the most difficult decision. If you read this guide from start to finish, you’ll know the best courses in Malaysia that would suit you.

If you are not sure what to study, do ask a trained counselor and always make decisions based on evidence and facts. The decisions that you make now, can change your life forever. You can contact us for a free career test to help you understand yourself better so that you are able to make the right decision.

Choosing the best possible course to study is a very important decision to make, and often a challenging one.  For some people, choosing the course is simple as they have always wanted to be a brain surgeon or a dentist or an engineer.

Many students in Malaysia tend to choose their course based on what their parents or relatives

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Aun Jie, Chemical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

recommend, rather than on what they are good at or really like to study. The end result is that a lot of Malaysian students discover that they have started on courses that may be unsuitable to them after studying a few semesters. Worse is when they start work, they find that it is not what they like

When choosing a course students need to choose based on your personal strengths and your career goals. Let the experienced counselors at EduSpiral Consultant Services take you step-by-step through the choices.

Most importantly, the right course will help you to develop skills for the long term, for your career and personal development. The skills for a successful future include, communication, English-language proficiency, problem-solving, strategic and analytical skills, creative thinking, innovation, team-work, leadership and assimilating new ideas.

There are so many courses out there and it can be confusing to choose the right course to study after SPM, UEC, STPM, O-Levels or A-LevelsChoosing the right course is a big decision and it is important to get it right as it can impact your future success.

So how should you go about choosing the best course that fits you?

Step 1: Look at your Interests, Skills & Personality 

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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, Mass Comm at KDU University College

This requires the individual to develop a certain degree of self-awareness. This require you to ask:

  1. What kind of person am I?
  2. What do I like?
  3. What are my hobbies?
  4. What is my personality?

This process of self-assessment consists of using several instruments in order to uncover your interests, personality type, work related values and skills. It is looking at these things in combination that can help you figure out what courses will be good matches for you, and you could learn something that will surprise you. The greater the overlap between an individual’s interests, aptitudes and personal characteristics and those required by the area of study, the greater the degree of satisfaction when engaged in that area of study. This process will help you decide which course best fits you. If you find the right course at the right college you will be inspired to succeed.

Match what you have come to know about yourself (self-assessment) to a course. During this phase of the career planning process you will decide which course is the best fit for you based on what you now know about yourself and the courses you have researched. This will entail looking at the jigsaw pieces of your life to date and putting them together. Considering your interests, hobbies, skills, aptitudes and achievements, both academic and personal, and identifying certain personality traits combined with appropriate course exploration will hold the key to successful course choice.

Step 2: Look at your Actual Results

Your results in SPM, UEC, or O-Levels will act as a guide in what you are actually good at. For example, if you are good in Physics & Add Maths, then you can consider engineering courses. If you fail in any of these subjects and want to study engineering, then you are being unrealistic.

Step 3: Research the courses and offer at top colleges or universities

EduSpiral explained the courses in detail and took us around the campus to view the Pharmacy facilities to help me make a good decision about my future career. Ka Jun, Pharmacy at UCSI University

EduSpiral explained the courses in detail and took us around the campus to view the Pharmacy facilities to help me make a good decision about my future career.
Ka Jun, Pharmacy at UCSI University

Make a list of courses to explore that are of interest to you and then research each course. The internet, college prospectuses, family and friends are your best sources of information and support. Someone who is already studying the course can give you great insight from a student’s perspective.

It is important to attend college open days or other career events and make every effort to speak to lecturers, tutors or admissions staff in the colleges you are interested in, as they will facilitate your decision-making.

Many students drop out or change course, so something is going wrong with students initial decisions. A lot of heartache can be avoided if you take the time to look at the college websites to find out not just which subjects you will be studying on your course but also to find out the content of the individual modules of each subject.

In this way you will know exactly what lies ahead of you. Discovering that you have made the wrong choice can be upsetting, and expensive.

Check out the duration of the course, accreditation, and additional costs such as accommodation, books, travel etc.

Step 4: Talk to the Right People

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I received a lot of in-depth information about the course & university from EduSpiral. He took us around for a campus tour as well as the hostel in Cyberjaya.
Wen Hang, Actuarial Science at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

If your car needs to be repaired, you would ask advise from a mechanic and not from a Doctor. So, when asking about your future career, ask from people who are experienced and knowledgeable. Many Malaysians tend to listen to their parents and relatives without checking the facts to see if it is true. An uncle would tell them to study a certain course and the student would just go for it without doing any research or consideration to see if it fits them.

EduSpiral Consultant Services has more than 15 years experience in helping students choose the right course based on facts and evidence. Students who are still confused and need advise can contact us for a free consultation at 01111408838.

 

 

 

The Top Ten List of Best Courses to Study in Malaysia

I met up with EduSpiral and he to me to a few universities for a tour. We also discussed about the courses in detail to help me decide which university would be best for me for interior design.
Kenneth, Interior Design at Taylor’s University

Choosing a course to study after SPM, UEC, STPM, O-Levels or A-Levels is a process in finding out who you are and what you are good at. An experienced Education Advisor would be invaluable in assisting you to choose the right course.

Here at EduSpiral Consultant Services, we do our research on the job demand for the careers in Malaysia, Salary Reports, and universities so that we can advise our students based on facts and evidence. Students need to talk to the right education counselors so that you get the right information to help you in making this life-changing decision.

Choosing a top private university in Malaysia to study after SPM, O-Levels, UEC, Pre-U, A-Levels or STPM takes time, it is a process in finding out which one best fits you. You need to talk to the right counselors who are knowledgeable and experienced to help you to choose the best course to study in Malaysia.

  1. Best Engineering & Built Environment Courses to Study in Malaysia

    I talked to EduSpiral on WhatsApp and after obtaining all the necessary information. EduSpiral met me and my parents at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia to take us around for a tour.
    Aun Jie, Chemical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

  2. Best Computing & Information Technology (IT) Courses to Study in Malaysia
  3. Best Accounting, Finance & Quantitative Studies Courses to Study in Malaysia
  4. Best Business Management Courses to Study in Malaysia
  5. Best Mass Communication Courses to Study in Malaysia

    I contacted EduSpiral to find an affordable college for culinary arts. He arranged to take me and my mother to tour the college that had excellent facilities and where I could learn without paying too much.
    Fu Wei, Diploma in Culinary Arts at YTL International College of Hotel Management

  6. Best Health Science Courses to Study in Malaysia
  7. Best Applied Science Courses to Study in Malaysia

    EduSpiral took us around to tour the campus and the hostel giving me & my family the assurance that we are making the right choice.
    Jerry Cheong, Diploma in ICT at Asia Pacific University

  8. Best Humanities & Social Science Courses to Study in Malaysia
  9. Best Art and Design Courses to Study in Malaysia
  10. Best Hospitality, Tourism & Culinary Arts Courses to Study in Malaysia

EduSpiral Consultant Services- Your Personal Online Education Advisor

Established since 2009, EduSpiral Consultant Services helps provide information and counselling on courses and universities in Malaysia & Singapore.

EduSpiral gets to know our students personally in order to be able to advise on which course & university is the best such as these 2 students after a visit of Asia Pacific University

EduSpiral gets to know our students personally in order to be able to advise on which course & university is the best such as these 2 students after a visit of Asia Pacific University

EduSpiral Consultant Services represents the best colleges and universities in Malaysia offering a wide range of choices for students to choose from. These colleges and universities offer value for money in the quality of education and excellent facilities that you get. These universities and colleges are chosen by EduSpiral because they represent the best in their fields in Malaysia and affordable.

EduSpiral Consultant Services represents the best colleges and universities in Malaysia offering a wide range of choices for students to choose from. These colleges and universities offer value for money in the quality of education and excellent facilities that you get.

These universities and colleges are chosen by EduSpiral because they represent the best in their fields in Malaysia and affordable. EduSpiral provides in-depth information and counseling on their courses so that students are able to make the right choice.

If you are still not sure what to study, please contact us and we will send you a free EduSpiral Career Assessment Form.

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Posted on March 19, 2014, in Career Choices, Choosing the right course and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 184 Comments.

  1. Hi,
    1. what courses are in Science & Technology? its career and demand in our country also.
    2. what career is for Food Science graduate?
    3. is it ok for me to apply for many kinds of scholarships but for different courses? e.g. i applied bnm scholarship in actuarial science, petronas in applied chem, ytm in electric and electronic engineering? it seems like i’m having difficulty to spot which one i have the most passion with.

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  2. I am planning to take a professional certificate.safety and health officer(SHO), plant management (API) and non destructive testing(NDT), which is better between those 3?or is there any other suggestion?I have a degree in science(applied physics)

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  3. Is it a good idea to pursue computer science (multimedia computing)? Is it demanded in malaysia?

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  4. hello, i wanna take animal science or known as Zoology, what is the demand job fot this course in Malaysia?

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  5. Is Business Administration in Malaysia still in demand today?

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  6. How about geologist? Is it highly demanded? ( in few years time maybe )

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  7. hi , is network security in demand in malaysia ?

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  8. Engineering, Pharmacy and IT which is more demand in market for the next 5 years?

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  9. Should i choose software engineering or computer engineering?

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  10. which is better occupational safety and health or software engineering?

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  11. which are the best universities to pursue Degree in Psychology in Malaysia

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  12. which are the best universities that we can pursue degree in psychology

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  13. How about radioterapist/ radiologist in demand in malaysia ?

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  14. What are the required qualifications to reach the position of Director, General Manager, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or any other managerial level?

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  15. Does ICSA have a good future, will they be in demand as well? Can I know the payscale of fresh graduates with degree in B.A Corporate Administration (Hons) or who graduated with ICSA.

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  16. Does ICSA have a good future, will they be in demand as well? Can know the payscale of fresh graduates with degree in B.A Corporate Administration (Hons) or who graduated with ICSA.

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  17. What are the coures related to science and bio that will be in demand in coming 5-7 years in malaysia?

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  18. Hi! I would like to study pyscology…..will psycology stii be a demand in malaysia in another 5-7 yrs time? and do they have plenty of jobs for this course?

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  19. Hello,Is finance sector is a demanding carrier in malaysia?

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  20. Which job is more demanded in Malaysia, Food Science or Biotechnology?

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  21. Hello do civil engineering have demand in malaysia ?

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  22. hi..i would like to study software engineering but i have no idea what university should i enroll in….and will software engineering and cyber security still be in high demand in malaysia in next 5 years…..

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  23. Does chartered accountant like ACCA / CIMA have good future ?

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  24. Hi is biotech in demand in Malaysia? And do they have plenty of jobs for this course?

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  25. Hi. I would like to study pharmacy but I have no idea what university should I enroll in. And will pharmacist still be in high demand in Malaysia in 5 years time?

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  26. Hye…i’m a science stream student but I don’t know whether 2 study 4 forensic or law….which is a high demand job? To study forensic what are the min requirements?

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  27. Hi sir,I’m an spm leaver and I’m interested in studying environmental engineering but i’m not sure the demands for environmental engineering graduate in Malaysia

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  28. hey.. i’m done with my stpm and I interested to further my study in law.. does law course a good choices nowadays in Malaysia?

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  29. I’m a science stream student but I only got credit for biology.I’m interested in studying for biomedical science but i’m not sure whether I can do this course in any university/college or I should do stpm? Is it a high demand job?

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  30. im still confused on what to choose. im a science stream student and love to travel the world. but what kind of job do suit me

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  31. Is there an oversupply of doctors right now? Do they still high in demand? How much do they get paid right now?

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  32. Nuraziana binti Abdul Aziz

    Im still confuse on what course i should take after spm..im a science stream student..is job opportunity in counseling field is demand in future maybe in2020?? Please tell me the job opportunity..
    Thank you.

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  33. Is quantity surveyor has high demand in Malaysia? Does this career provide high salary in future?

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  34. Im still not sure whether i should go to engineering or medicine. I love both of these courses. Which one is better and highly demand in malaysia?

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  35. Which is the most demanding carrier/highest paying in malaysia Nowdays..?Im intrested to study in a course that is very demanding now..

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  36. Muhammad ismail

    Does corporate lawer is highly demand in malaysia??

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  37. are IT specialists in demand in malaysia ?

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  38. SITI NURAMINAH HUDA BT ABU JIDIN

    I wanna study overseas and for sure I need a scholarship. Yet, I still dont know what to study.Could you help me solve my problem.

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  39. Does pharmacy still have a big demand in malaysia n what about medical laboratory technology?

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  40. is a software engineer has a future in malaysia

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  41. Santosh kumar chaudhary

    What is the work and how much my salary will be

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  42. Is environmental engineering in demand ?

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  43. I would like to know if agricultural science related jobs are in demand in Singapore or Malaysia. And can I get job easily if I study for this course ? What would be the minimum salary? Is scholarship for this field provided in Malaysia or Singapore. Thanks

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  44. I’m currently doing a level in science .. I’m not sure which course should I take up…. Could Pls let me the job scope in healthcare management , or degree in logistics will be better ?

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    • Healthcare Management, you will work in hospitals and there aren’t a lot of them in Malaysia. Logistics, you can find jobs in hundreds of companies in the ports as well as other logistics companies in Malaysia and worldwide.

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      • Nesha Panirselvan

        Thanks for helping me out. Well i can know the payscale of fresh graduates with degree in logistics? Which private university is best providing holistic education in logistics? Besides this course can i know the job prospects for environmental engineering in Malaysia… when do my survey i find out UTAR universirt provide this course , is there any other university which provide this course and end of my fourth year which university will be providing internship with other companies for environmental engineering? Im sorry for asking lot if question cause i really don’t want to regret taking up course which very expensive and end up jobless cause now obtaining a degree is not big deal but getting employed is !😩😩 On 25 Sep 2015 14:29, “EduSpiral Consultant Services – Education advise on

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      • Starting salary is RM2800-3000. UCSI University is the first to offer logistics. Only Curtin University offers environmental engineering.

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  45. Hi! I hv finished my foundation and just got offer for bachelor of civil engineering this october. So, in 4 years, are transportation engineering, water resources engineering or environmental engineering will have a higher job prospects? If neither, which sub-disciplines in civil engineering will you recommend? Thanks!

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  46. What is the job market like for physiotherapist and quantity surveyor ?

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  47. I juz finished my matriculation this year…so I plan want to study for Bachelor of Accounting in private university. So, after 3 years accountant is in demand in Malaysia?

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  48. which one is in demand in malaysia in upcoming 4 years,wheter degree in microbiologist or environmental technology?

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  49. Did Chemical engineer stand a little demand in Malaysia??

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  50. Will psychology be demanding in next 3-4 years ?
    When someone asked this question you said it depends on the university we studying in. What if i am studied in UCSI and graduated there ?

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  51. Dhivyan Naidu

    does investment and risk management come under the finance and banking course ? and what if one did not take up accounts in high school, is he able to proceed with this course ?

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  52. Is Hotel Management demanding in 2/3 year time?
    And is diploma in hotel management can be work at tourism?

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  53. Hi, is food scientist and nutritionist high demanding job in future? Which one is better? Around how much of the pay for a freshgraduate for these two courses?Thanks!

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    • Food Science has more job demand but it also depends on your English language skills. If your language skills is not good, you will have a low salary. Generally, starting salaries in Malaysia for most degree programmes is at RM2800 to RM3000.

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  54. Bachelor of Education majoring in Journalism or Bachelor Psychology? Which course have a higher job demand in Malaysia?

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  55. Law is ok?

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  56. How about human resource management? Is it ok and it demand soon? Since nowadays ppl are more into sciences courses

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  57. 1)Actuarial science or accounting ?Which is a harder course?
    2)Which course have a higher job demand in Malaysia(referred to no1)?
    3)Which course pays more ? Business in banking and finance or Accountancy
    4)Banking and finance have a higher job demand or accountancy?

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    • It takes about 5-9 years after graduating with the degree in Actuarial Science to become an Actuary. One also need to take professional accounting papers to become a Chartered Accountant. It is not for me to judge which one is tougher, it depends on the person’s skill and passion. Both are in demand. The salary reports are in my blog so you can search and compare yourself. Job demand is high for banking, finance and accounting, just depends on whether you are qualified to get that job.

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  58. francis xavier

    Is accountant a demand job in malaysia?
    what would be the starting pay for an accountant ?

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  59. Is there any job opputurnities in physiotherapy if I have a degree for it?

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  60. Is psychology in demand?

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  61. I want to ask does hotel management have future in Malaysia? n how about farm management? Does both of it in demand?

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  62. are quantity surveying, human resources and event planner high demanding in the future like 5 years later?

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  63. does accounting course is a good choice? does it have a good future?

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  64. do environmental science careers prospect are provide a high salary and a good future employment in malaysia ?

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  65. Is health science is demand in Malaysia?
    And in next couple of year which career will be demand?

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  66. jobs like, BioMedical, Food Scientist , the one who works in lab as researcher is it easy to find that job in Malaysia ?? cuz i kinda worry tht after study i might be jobless 😦

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  67. Shamrraj Subramaniam

    is there a demand for Occupational Safety & Health in Malaysia? and if so, what are the career opportunities to go abroad to work with that qualification?

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  68. does food science are in demand in malaysia? (maybe in a few years time)

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  69. Does biotech engineering is in demand in Malaysia?

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  70. Does lab related works like researchers in Malaysia in demand ?

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  71. Which one has a good/brighter future or higher demand and pay in Malaysia in the near future(4-6 years from now)? Architect,Engineer,Pharmacist,Biotech,BioMedicine-related careers,BioChem-related careers…..Or are thr any other options(science-related)?

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  72. Is there an oversupply of law graduates at the moment? Also, are finance and investment graduates in demand?

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  73. Are there aviation management high demanding for nw and after 4 years Please email me

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  74. i need to know whether studies related to biology such as biologist or nutritionist is in demand in Malaysia. if not, what other studies related to biology is in demand?

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  75. Is Business Administrator in demand too? Plus does this course provide higher salary in the future?

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  76. Biochemistry and Biotechnology, which one has a higher demand in working industrial?

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  77. what is data science and is it in demand in malaysia for the next 5 years??

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    • Data Science is related to Database Management or Management Information Systems. There will always be demand for Management of Large Data because companies need an efficient method to filter the vast amounts of data for their use in making business decisions.

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  78. Do you think vet is in demand in Malaysia? and will software engineering still be in demand in 5 years of time based on current graduates?

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  79. There is a demand for engineering in trucks at malaysia?..during 2020

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  80. Is dietitian ans physiotherapist a demanding job in Malaysia?

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  81. Does engineering has future in malaysia ?

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  82. im planning to pursue in foundation of information, communication and technology. Is it worth? and you said that it depends on what type of ict. if that so, what kind of ict is in demand for the next coming 3 years?

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  83. Is computing & IT sector in demand too?

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  84. Hey there..
    I’m a stpm std..
    Does law HV a future in Malaysia..
    Do email me plz..

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  85. does taking ADP in psychology is a good decision and does psychology-related jobs have demands in malaysia now or it will be in a few years time?

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    • I don’t know why taking ADP in Psychology would be a good decision because I do not have enough details from what you have shared. You going to USA? or just taking a 4+0 Psychology course in Malaysia? It depends on which university you study at. To work in the Psychology field, you will need at least a masters.

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  86. What job is demanded in 3 years time related to science field?

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