In October 2016, LinkedIn released the most demanding professional skills across the world. They revealed what types of skills do employers at LinkedIn desire the most. Besides analyzing globally in general, LinkedIn also broke down the most valuable skills individually in these 14 countries. (Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, UAE, UK and the USA)
Most of the top demanding professional skills across the world are software developing skills. Programming, database management, and security dominated most of the list. Not everyone can master the art of computer science and it has a very high learning curve. Marketing, web development, and designing also ranked high because of the rise of e-commerce. Many businesses are going online to stay competitive and seek chances to expand further. In addition, Human resources, business development, data visualization and legal services are on the list as well.
In conclusion, if you know some of these skills, you would be more competitive in the job market. Also, if you are confused on which career path or on which major to study in college, this chart may give you some guidance. But of course, it is always more important to choose a career that you are interested in than choosing on a glorious career path that you hate or uninterested.
There are thousands of skills that members can add to their profiles, so we grouped these skills into several dozen categories. For example, skills like “Android” and “iOS” would fit into the “Mobile Development” category. Then we looked at all of the hiring and recruiting activity that happened on LinkedIn between Jan. 1 and Sept. 1, equaling billions of data points, and identified the skill categories that belonged to members who were more likely to start new jobs and receive interest from recruiters.