2016's Top Skills According To LinkedIn
LinkedIn has released their list of top skills for 2016. Also, find out more about their Week of Learning taking place from 24-30 October.
Published: Monday, October 24th 2016
LinkedIn has recently unveiled the Top Skills of 2016. These are the skills that are most sought after among global employers, predominantly employers in the U.S. and 14 other countries. Cloud and Distributed Computing topped the U.S. list for the second year in a row.
Top Skills in the United States of America for 2016
The annual list is developed by analysing all of the recruiting activity on LinkedIn since January. This uncovers several trends about the U.S. job market. Demand remains high for tech skills like Cloud Distributed Computing (No. 1), and Statistical Analysis and Data Mining (No. 2). That’s due to the fact that tech skills are no longer relegated to the tech industry; they’re needed in nearly every industry and region in the country.
Additionally, user interface design has slowly but surely climbed the U.S. Top Skills of 2016 list. It didn’t make 2014’s list, came in at No. 7 last year, and jumped two spaces to No. 5 this year. Demand for people with user interface design skills is growing because products are increasingly data-driven, and employers need employees who can make it easy for customers to interact with their products.
- Cloud and Distributed Computing
- Statistical Analysis and Data Mining
- Mobile Development
- Storage Systems and Management
- User Interface Design
- Network and Information Security
- Middleware and Integration Software
- Web Architecture and Development Framework
- Algorithm Design
- Java Development
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There are thousands of skills that members can add to their profiles, so we grouped these skills into several dozen categories. For example, skills like “Android” and “iOS” would fit into the “Mobile Development” category. Then we looked at all of the hiring and recruiting activity that happened on LinkedIn between the 1 January and 1 September 2016. This equated to billions of data points, and identified the skill categories that belonged to members who were more likely to start new jobs and receive interest from recruiters. Skill categories that did not meet a specific threshold for membership were excluded from the analysis
“While we see job applications spike on LinkedIn in October, we know companies aren’t actually hiring at the same rate until January,” says LinkedIn Career Expert Catherine Fisher. “While some skills expire every couple of years, our data strongly suggests that tech skills will still be needed for years to come, in every industry. Now is a great time for professionals to acquire the skills they need to be more marketable.”
To help job seekers gain the skills needed to secure the jobs they want, LinkedIn is holding the Week of Learning from 24-30 October 2016, and offering more than 5,000 courses — including courses that teach the Top Skills of 2016 — for free to professionals. Professionals can visit the Week of Learning page for more information.
The Week of Learning initiative allows you to learn anything from Excel 2016 Basics to the fundamentals of SEO as well as courses which help improve your skills in areas such as Writing, Project Management and Marketing.
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