The Top Skills Employers Need in 2016, According to LinkedIn

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Recent college grads seeking employment and professionals looking for a new gig would do well to include Hadoop and Hive on their resumes, according to research from LinkedIn. Today the network unveiled the top 10 skills employers need in 2016. Cloud and distributed computing topped the list for the second year in a row.

LinkedIn monitored hiring and recruiting activity that happened on its platform between Jan. 1 and Sept. 1 in 2016—several billion data points, according to the company. The data show the skills that are most sought after by employers in the U.S. and 17 other countries. More than 400 million people have profiles on LinkedIn. 

The new list reads like a career page for any tech company—“web architecture and development framework” and “network and information security” make an appearance. But these skills are increasingly important in industries beyond the technology sector, LinkedIn says.

To surface the most in-demand skills in the labor market, LinkedIn analyzed the thousands of skills that members include on their profiles. The company grouped these competencies into several dozen categories—Android and iOS would fit into “mobile development,” for example. Then researchers identified the skill categories that belonged to members who were more likely to start new jobs and receive interest from recruiters this year.

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The top skills are all hard skills, though LinkedIn says it included soft skills, such as leadership, in its analysis.

Compared to previous years, demand for marketing know-how has cooled off. LinkedIn Career Expert Catherine Fischer writes in a blogpost that’s “because the supply of people with marketing skills has caught up with employers’ demand for people with marketing skills.” At the same time, user interface design—designing the look and feel for the parts of products that people interact with—is steadily climbing the ranks, jumping from tenth to fifth place in the past year.

LinkedIn is going all-in on professional development. Next week the network is offering all courses on its new LinkedIn Learning platform for free, including those that teach the top skills of 2016.

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