Malaysia’s Top Jobs in Demand According to Critical Occupations List (COL) 2017/2018

Top Jobs in Demand According to Malaysia’s Critical Occupations List

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List of the Top 58 Jobs in Malaysia on the Critical Occupations List (COL) 2017/2018

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The Critical Occupations List (COL) for Malaysia aims to be the primary instrument to promote better coordination of human capital policies aimed at attracting, nurturing and retaining talent.
Collated on an annual basis by the Critical Skills Monitoring Committee (CSC), led by TalentCorp and the Institute of Labour Market Information and Analysis (ILMIA) under the Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR), the COL was developed based on recommended international practices. Its compilation process is based on regular consultations with the World Bank.

An evidence-based list of occupations in Malaysia that reflects the most sought-after and hard-to-fill occupations by industry, the COL report identifies skills imbalances across key sectors of the Malaysian economy for the year 2017/2018.

The report covers 18 economic sectors:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
  • Mining and Quarrying
  • Manufacturing
  • Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply
  • Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities
  • Construction
  • Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles
  • Transportation and Storage
  • Accommodation and Food Service Activities
  • Information and Communication
  • Financial and Insurance/Takaful Activities
  • Real Estate Activities
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
  • Administrative and Support Service Activities
  • Education
  • Human Health and Social Work Activities
  • Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
  • Other Service Activities

Occupations on the 2017/2018 Critical Occupations List (COL)

The Critical Occupations List (COL) shows occupations that are skilled, sought-after and strategic across 18 sectors in Malaysia.

Critical Occupation
(MASCO Code)
Additional Information Recommended Qualifications
1 Managing Director
and Chief Executive
(1121)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Chief Executive Officer; Chief Operating Officer; Executive Director; Company
Director; Deputy Executive Director Managing Director; Radio & Television
Manager (Programme); Director-General of Organisation; Manager; General
Manager; Operations Manager; Director; Administrator; President; Chief
Technical Officer; Technical Manager; Head of Operation
MBA, Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, International Business, Human Resource Management, Mass Communication, etc
2 Finance Manager
(1211)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Finance Manager; Account Manager; Budget Manager; Audit Manager; Credit
Manager; Chief Financial Officer; Insurance Manager; Transaction Monitoring
Manager; Claim Manager; Finance Director; Risk Manager; Head of
Procurement; Risk Modelling Manager; Actuarial Valuation Manager
Accounting, Accounting & Finance, Finance, Banking & Finance, Finance & Investment, Economics, Actuarial Science, Actuarial & Finance, etc.
3 Policy and Planning
Manager (1213)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Policy and Planning Manager; Strategic Planning Manager; Corporate Planning
Manager; Project Planning Manager; Project Leader
Business Administration
4 Business Service
Manager (1214)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Production Manager; Production and Business Operation Manager; Business
Services Development Manager; Production Planner; Business Development
Manager
Business Administration
5 Business Services and
Administration
Manager Not
Elsewhere Classified
(1219)
ALL job titles within this occupation are included, for example:
• Corporate Services Manager; Facilities Manager; Purchasing Manager; Quality
Assurance Manager; Quality Control Manager
Business Administration
6 Sales and Marketing
Manager (1221)
ALL job titles within this occupation are included, for example:
• Sales Manager; Sales and Marketing Manager; Marketing Manager; Market
Research Manager; Product Manager; Brand Manager; Outlet Manager; Sales
Director
Marketing Management, Mass Communication, Branding & Advertising, etc
7 Research and
Development
Manager (1223)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Research and Development Manager; Product Development Manager
Business Administration
8 Manufacturing
Manager (1321)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Manufacturing Manager; Production and Operation Manager, Manufacturing;
Factory Manager; Production Manager-Food Processing; Welding Manager
Food Science, Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, Chemical Engineering, etc
9 Construction
Manager (1323)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Construction Manager; Project Manager; Site Manager; Land Surveyor
Manager; Electrical Manager; Energy Manager
Construction Project Management, Quantity Survey, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, etc
10 Supply, Distribution
and Related Manager
(1324)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Transport Manager; Supply Manager; Distribution Manager; Logistics Manager
Logistics Management or Supply Chain Management
11 Information and
Communications
Technology (ICT)
Manager (1511)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Information Systems Manager; Information Technology Manager; Computer
Services Manager; ICT Development Manager; Information Technology Project
Manager; Information Technology Sales Manager; Information Technology
Business Development Manager
Information Technology, Business Information Systems (BIS), Business with IT, etc
12 Chemist (2113) The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Chemist; Chemist (Research and Development); Chemist (Quality Control)
Chemistry
13 Geologist and
Geophysicist (2114)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Geophysicist; Geologist; Geological Engineer; Geoscientist
Geology
14 Mathematician,
Actuary and
Statistician (2121)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Mathematician (Actuarial Science); Statistician (Economics); Statistician (Market
Research); Data Scientist; Data Analyst; Data Mining Analyst; Big Data and
Analytic; Appointed Actuary; Pricing Actuary; Valuation Actuary; Geographic
Information Systems (GIS); Geomatician; Metrologist
Actuarial Science, Economics, Data Science, Data Analytics, Marketing, etc.
15 Industrial and
Production Engineer
(2141)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Automation Engineer; Robotics Engineer; Industrial Engineer; Production
Engineer; Systems Design Engineer; Systems Engineer (Except Computers); Cost
Evaluation Engineer; Packaging Technologist; Ceramics Technologist; Material
Specialist Packaging Engineer and Weaving Technologist
Mechatronics Engineering, Robotics & Automation Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, etc
16 Civil Engineer (2142) The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Civil Engineering Technologist; Civil Engineer; Site Engineer; Construction Civil
Engineer; Structural Engineer; Railway Construction Civil Engineer (including
High Speed Rail specialised engineers); Civil Engineer (Hydrology); Maintenance
Engineer; Geotechnical Engineer
Civil Engineering
17 Mechanical Engineer
(2144)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Mechanical Engineer; Machinery and Tools Industrial Engineer; Locomotive
Engine Engineer; Steam Engineer; Equipment Engineer; Mechanical
Maintenance Engineer; Fabrication Engineer; R&D Engineers; CNC Machining
Engineer
Mechanical Engineering
18 Chemical Engineer
(2145)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Chemical Engineer; Food and Drinks Technologist
Chemical Engineering
19 Mining Engineers,
Metallurgists and
Related Professional
(2146)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Mining Engineer; Reservoir Engineer; Material (and Non-destructive Testing)
Engineer; Water Management Engineer; Product Design R&D Engineer
Mining Engineering, Civil Engineering, etc
20 Engineering
Professionals
(Excluding
Electrotechnology)
Not Elsewhere
Classified (2149)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Quantity Surveyor; Project Engineer; Process Engineer; Quality Assurance
Engineer; Quality Control Engineer; Research Engineer; Materials Engineer;
Safety Engineer; Industrial Health and Safety Engineer; Quality Engineer;
Procurement Engineer; Survey Engineer
Engineering
21 Electrical Engineer
(2151)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Electrical Engineer; Electrical Testing Engineer; Embedded System/ Firmware
Engineer; Test/Measurement Engineer (Electric); R&D Electrical Engineer
(includes Product Design); Energy Auditor
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
22 Electronic Engineer
(2152)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Electronics Engineer; Computer Engineer, Software; Computer Engineer,
Hardware; Systems Engineer; Information Technology Engineer; Automation
Design Engineer; Analog Integrated Circuit (IC) Designer; Digital Integrated
Circuit (IC) Designer; CAD/CAM Engineer; Test/Measurement Engineer
(Electronic); Assistant Mechatronic Engineer
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
23 Telecommunications
Engineer (2153)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Network and System Engineer; Telecommunication Engineer;
Telecommunication Engineer, Radar
Telecommunications Engineering
24 Ships Engineer (2171) The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Ship Engineer; Marine Engineer, Aircraft Engineer; Aircraft Design Engineer
Marine Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, etc
25 Aircraft Pilot and
Related Professional
(2173)
The following job title within this occupation is included:
• Pilot
Pilot
26 Manufacturing
Professional (2182)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Manufacturing Executive; Quality Assurance Executive; Quality Control
Executive; Production Executive; Warehouse Executive; Maintenance Executive;
Product Quality Controller; Supply Chain/ Procurement Specialist;
Manufacturing Engineer; Technical Executive
Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering,Logistics Management, Supply Chain Management, etc
27 Specialist Medical
Practitioner (2212)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Psychiatrist; Paediatrician; Dermatologist; Orthopaedic Surgeon;
Ophthalmologist; Interventional Radiologist; Vascular Surgeon; Haematology
Paediatrician; Urologist; Gastroenterology Paediatrician
28 Environmental and
Occupational Health
and Hygiene
Professional (2263)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Hazardous Waste Management Technologist; Occupational Health and Safety
Officer; Safety and Health Officer; Industrial Safety Officer – Occupational Safety
and Health; Occupational Safety Officer; Radiation Protection Expert; Waste
Management Competence Person; Building Auditor
29 University and Higher
Education
Professional Teacher
(2311)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• University Lecturer; College Lecturer
30 Accountant (2411) The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Auditing Accountant; Accountant; Tax Accountant; Tax Consultant;
Management Accountant; Company Accountant; Account Executive; Financial
Controller; Account Receivable Executive; Assistant Account Executive Officer;
Auditor; Payroll Analyst; Adjuster
31 Financial Analyst (2413) The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Financial Analyst; Investment Consultant; Research Analyst; Financial Officer;
Risk Management Officer; Transfer Pricing; Credit Risk Management
32 Research and
Development
Professional (2426)
The following job title within this occupation are included:
• Research and Development Executive; Agriculture Biotech Researcher
33 Public Relations
Professional (2432)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Industrial Relations Executive; Public Relations Executive; Corporate
Communication Executive; Customer Service Officer; Sales Reservation
Executive; Front Office Officer.
34 Information and
Communications
Technology (ICT)
Sales Professional
(2434)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Sales Representative, Information and Communications Technology; Product
Support Engineer; Information Technology Sales Engineer; Customer Support
Representative
35 Systems Analyst
(2511)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Computer Systems Analyst; IT Systems Consultant; Information Technology
Consultant; Information Technology Business Analyst; Information Technology
Security Analyst; Information Technology Specialist (.Net); System Engineer
(Oracle); Security Analyst (IT); Computer and System Administrator; Tera Data
36 Software Developer
(2512)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Software Developer; .Net Developer; Software Engineer (.Net); C/C++ Software
Engineer; Java Developer; Web Programmer (PHP); Software Engineer
(SharePoint) (IT); Software Design Engineers; SAP Application Developer; Data
Visualisation Developer
37 Applications
Programmer (2514)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Computer Programmer; Software Programmer; Technical Programmer;
Information Technology Programmer; Systems Programmer; Analyst
Programmer; Applications Programmer; C/C++ Programmer; Java Programmer
38 Software and
Applications
Developer Not
Elsewhere Classified
(2519)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Software Tester; Quality Engineer (IT); Solution Architect (IT); Software QA
Engineer (IT)
39 Databases and
Administrator (2521)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Database Architect; Database Administrator; Internal Auditor (IT)
40 Systems
Administrator (2522)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Information Technology Support Officer; Systems Administrator; Information
Technology Executive; System Engineer (IT); System Support Specialist;
Customer Support Engineer; Technical Support Engineer (IT)
41 Computer Network
Professional (2523)
The following job title within this occupation are included:
• Network Engineer
42 Electrical Engineering
Technician (3113)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Electrical Engineering Technician; Electrical Supervisor; Electrical Technician
43 Electronics
Engineering
Technician (3114)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Electronics Engineering Technician; Test Technician; CAD/CAM Technician
44 Mechanical
Engineering
Technician (3115)
ALL job titles within this occupation are included, for example:
• Technician (Mechanical) Grade J17; Mechanical Engineering Technician;
Mechanical Engineering Technician; Industrial Machinery and Tools; Mechanical
Engineering Technician; Motors and Engines; Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning
System Engineering Technician; Machinery Technician; CNC Technician;
Mechanical Technician; CNC Supervisor
Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
45 Physical and
Engineering Science
Technician Not
Elsewhere Classified
(3119)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Quantity Surveying Technician; Production Engineering Technician; Process
Technician; Maintenance Technician Quality Control Technician; Industrial
Technician; Industrial Maintenance Technician; Production Technician;
Moulding Technician; Equipment Technician; Quality Assurance Engineering
Technician
46 Manufacturing
Supervisor (3122)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Manufacturing Supervisor; Production Supervisor; Compounding Supervisor;
Plywood Inspection Supervisor; Manufacturing Area Co-ordinator; Quality
Control Inspector
47 Construction
Supervisor (3123)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Operation Supervisor; Project Supervisor; Construction Supervisor; Site
Supervisor; Site Coordinator
Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance
48 Aircraft Technician
(3151)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Aircraft Technician; Aviation Maintenance Technician; Aircraft Maintenance
Technician (Airframes); Aircraft Maintenance Technician (Engines)
49 Environmental and
Occupational Health
Inspector and
Associate (3257)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Safety and Health Technician; Safety and Health Inspector; Field Supervisor
(Occupational Safety and Health); Food Inspector
50 Insurance
Underwriter* (3321)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Insurance Underwriter; Insurance Consultant
51 Commercial Sales
Agent (3322)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Technical Sales Agent; Technical Adviser; Sales Engineer; Technical Sales
Engineer; Social Media Marketing Executive; Digital Marketing Executive
52 Buyer (3323) The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Purchasing Executive; Buyer; Buyer (Production Purchasing); Procurement
Executive
53 Computer Network
and Systems
Technician (3513)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Network Support Technician; System Security & Application ICT Technician
54 CNC Machinist**
(7233)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• CNC Machinist
55 Electrical Mechanic
and Fitter (7412)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• High Voltage Restriction Chargeman; Wireman; Electrical Generator Operator;
Lift Mechanic; Chargeman
56 Rubber Products
Machine Operator
(8141)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Maker (Tyre); Machine Operator (Rubber Products); Mill (Rubber)
57 Stationary Plant and
Machine Operator
Not Elsewhere
Classified (8189)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Machine operator; Production Operator
58 Heavy Truck and
Lorry Driver (8332)
The following job titles within this occupation are included:
• Lorry Driver; Truck Driver; Tanker Driver; Driver Operator (Mobile Harbour
Crane H11)

*Based on MASCO Code 3321-03, under MASCO Code 3321 (Insurance Agents) **Based on MASCO Code 7233-15, under MASCO Code 7233 (Agricultural and Industrial Machinery Mechanics and Repairers)
Note: The Critical Occupations List (COL) is constructed based on the Malaysia Standard Classification of Occupations (MASCO)
2013

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