Question: What Are The Top Job Skills in 2016?

Oct 26, 2016
Career, Question of the Day, Research, Internships, Employment

From LinkedIn (hat tip to EdSurge):


Questions for students:

  • Which of the skills on the list are you familiar with?
  • Pick at least one skill on the list and research the following:
    • In your own words, what does this skill really mean?
    • What education/experience do you need to acquire this skill?
    • What types of companies hire people with this skill?
  • In scanning the top 10 list, how would you categorize most of these skills?
    • Technical? Non-Technical? Requiring a high school degree? College degree?
  • Given that it is the #1 job skill that employers are looking for, what is cloud computing?
    • Identify examples from your life where you are using cloud computing.

In case you were wondering…additional details about this infographic (from LinkedIn):

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.

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