It’s December, and there’s a good chance you’re looking for a new job.
According to LinkedIn data, this is the month job applications spike on the business networking site.
To find out what exactly employers are looking for, and what it takes to successfully land a job, LinkedIn looked at billions of data points and analyzed all of the hiring and recruiting activity that occurred on its site so far in 2016 to identify the most sought-after skills.
Ultimately they uncovered the top 10 skills that can get you hired in 2017 in 14 different countries.
While we see job applications spike in the fourth quarter of every year, companies aren’t actually hiring at the same rate until January. While some skills expire every couple of years, 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.
Here are the most in-demand top skills around the globe:
1. Cloud and Distributed Computing
2. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining
3. Web Architecture and Development Framework
4. Middleware and Integration Software
5. User Interface Design
6. Network and Information Security
7. Mobile Development
8. Data Presentation
9. SEO/SEM Marketing
10. Storage Systems and Management
The “top skills” list also reveals several trends about the global job market, including:
1. Demand for marketers is getting lighter
While marketing skills were in high demand in 2015, things have changed in 2016. SEO/SEM dropped five spots from No. 4 to No. 9 and marketing campaign management dropped completely off the list. Demand for marketing skills is slowing because the supply of people with marketing skills has caught up with employers’ demand for people with marketing skills.
2. Data and cloud reign supreme
Cloud and distributed computing has remained in the No. 1 spot for the past two years. Following closely on its heels is statistical analysis and data mining, which came in No. 2 last year, and No. 1 in 2014. These skills are in such high demand because they’re at the cutting edge of technology. Employers need employees with cloud and distributed computing, statistical analysis and data mining skills to stay competitive.
3. User interface design is what’s hot right now
User interface design (No. 5), which is designing the part of products that people interact with, is increasingly in-demand among employers,” Fisher writes. “Data has become central to many products, which has created a need for people with user interface design skills who can make those products easy for customers to use.