With strong government support and global demand, Singapore’s water industry presents an excellent opportunity for a stable career, particularly for graduates who are passionate about the environment.
Climate change is intensifying water supply challenges worldwide, making sustainable and resilient urban water solutions a critical global priority.
As one of the world’s leading hydro-hubs, Singapore plays a key role in sharing water sustainability solutions with the world. The expertise of its water industry is highly sought after by countries keen to meet their growing urban water needs.
The local water industry comprises a range of companies and agencies in the areas of water management, water reclamation, seawater desalination and industrial wastewater treatment that together form part of a thriving ecosystem. The industry enjoys significant government assistance as part of the government’s holistic support for this ecosystem.
Graduates entering this field can anticipate working in a technologically advanced environment. Today, technological advancements in the water and environment industry are driving demand for talents in operation management, digital planning, digital design, and digital construction.
CAREER PROSPECTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
With over 180 water companies on the island, Singapore boasts one of the world’s most densely populated regions for water-related businesses. This density means a profusion of opportunities and options for graduates.
In contrast to the uncertainty and disruption facing many industries, Singapore’s water industry remains relatively secure and resilient. This makes the industry appealing for graduates looking to build stable long-term careers.
Those interested in research will enjoy particularly good prospects as Singapore is a global leader in the field of water research, especially in membrane technology, water reuse, and desalination research.
Talents in engineering, sales and business development are also highly sought after by small and medium-sized enterprises in the local water industry that are engaged in developing water solutions for the world. Graduates may also explore roles in Singapore’s award-winning public agencies, where they will shape policies that will have an impact on Singapore’s sustainable future.
Keep in mind that career progression is tied to industry experience and knowledge of water-related projects and technologies.
- Degree in civil engineering, environmental engineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemistry and biological chemistry, life sciences, or related disciplines
- Good communication and interpersonal skills
- Strong analytical and technical skills
WHAT RECRUITERS LOOK FOR
- Relevant knowledge and experience in water technologies, water management, and water-related projects
- Strong organizational, project management, and problem-solving skills
- Ability to work independently as well as within a team