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Top 10 Desirable Skills For Employment in 2017

The year is coming to an end and this is the time when a lot of us make changes. Some go for the New Year Resolutions, while some find peace in switching jobs to let a career change affect life favourably. At least, this is the case as it appears to be on LinkedIn. According to the world’s biggest portfolio networking site LinkedIn, job applications spike during the months of October-January as people start looking for better prospects everywhere.

In order to look at what has been offered and what has been looked for, LinkedIn collected all the data on the website and compiling it into a list that ranks professional skills, predicted the Top 10 Desirable Skills for Employment in 2017.

Here’s the list:

  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

There are quite a few interesting points about this list. Compared to this year, 2017 will see:

A Drop in the Demand for Marketers

While marketing skills had been in the top-5 desirable skills since 2015, they’ve dropped down from number 4 on the list to number 9. This is due to the increase in supply of marketers over the past few years. Now, as supply is meeting demand, the demand is decreasing.

Data and Cloud Will Reign Supreme Over All Other Skills

Over the past 2 years, data and cloud have been stable on the number 1 position. This is due to advancements in technology. These skills are still on the cutting edge of technology and will remain there for a long time until we invent software and robots to take over. But that is still more science fiction than reality, hence data and cloud are currently our skill-set overlords.

User-Interface is Hot Potatoes

User Interface is the part of any application, website, software, etc. that a normal customer interacts with. This is the deal maker or breaker when you’re selling any digital product and hence user-interface developers are hot in demand and will continue to remain so for quite a while. After all, there’s no algorithm for aesthetic sense, is there?

Data Visualization and Presentation is All The Jazz:

With Data analysis creating such hype, the need of the hour is for everyone to understand what data is. But since not all of us are great visionaries and can’t understand results and data like the back of our hands, data visualization is all the rage because it’s letting us understand data on a level that’s easy for us. Hence, data presenters will see a rise in demand as well.

Click here for LinkedIn’s full report.

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