LinkedIn Corporation , the world’s largest professional network on the Internet, unveiled the Top Skills of 2016 — the skills that are most sought after among global employers, and 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.
The U.S. Top Skills of 2016 are:
Cloud and Distributed Computing
Statistical Analysis and Data Mining
Storage Systems and Management
User Interface Design
Network and Information Security
Middleware and Integration Software
Web Architecture and Development Framework
The annual list is developed by analyzing all of the recruiting activity on LinkedIn since January, and 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.
“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 October 24-30, and offering more than 5,000 courses — including courses that teach the Top Skills of 2016 — free to professionals. Professionals can visit the Week of Learning for more information.