December 31, 2014
With more than 330 million members currently on its platform, LinkedIn is a massive treasure trove of data. With information on the educational and professional backgrounds of people from across the world, the professional social network has become an invaluable tool for anyone trying to land a career in the digital age. For many looking to change careers in 2015 or for those transitioning into the working economy for the first time, information helpful towards getting them to land those jobs is surely welcome. If you’re one of the many millions of people looking to get hired in 2015, LinkedIn has recently published a report on the 25 top job skills that got people jobs in 2014.
Looking at this list, one thing is clear: having technical skills is valuable; or, rather, having some level of fluency in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), paid off for many of the people looking for jobs in 2014. According to LinkedIn, member data from ten countries were analyzed, and on many of the top job skills lists, STEM skills comprised the majority of every list. Indeed, looking at the U.S. list of top job skills, computer science-related skills seem to take over many of the top slots. Even more valuable, it seems: being able to work with data. Around the world, statistics and data analysis skills were highly valued in 2014 – with statistical analysis and data mining as the top job skill for those who got hired in the past year.
If you’re looking to jump into the career search in 2015, it wouldn’t hurt to try gaining some of the skills listed by LinkedIn. Isolating the startup world on its own, there’s an ever-growing demand for technical positions, so learning new or improving upon your current CS skills can definitely give you an edge. Not based in the U.S.? That’s cool – LinkedIn also published its top job skills lists for Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, India, the Netherlands, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom:
Aside from this list of top job skills in 2014, LinkedIn has done a tremendous job in the last year providing insights on its data. In October, for example, it released its first-ever LinkedIn University Rankings, a college ranking system utilizing data from its platform that allows users to sort through the best schools to attend per their intended careers.
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