Top 10 skills that can get you hired in 2017

LinkedIn recently revealed the list of skills employers are seeking the most in candidates. They compiled this list based on their data & job applications spike during the month of October 2016. Here is a list of top 10 skills that can get you on a job in 2017.

linkedin top 10 skills for 2017

Top 10 skills that can get you hired

  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

You can find the complete list here that LinkedIn has compiled which has top skills for 14 different countries:

These skills are not specific skills, they are actually high-level categories, for an e.g mobile development comprises of android development, iOS development and even cross-platform development. LinkedIn clarified this as below:

Top Skills Methodology

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. Skill categories that did not meet a specific threshold for membership were excluded from our analysis. 

(Catherine Fisher said in her post on Linkedin official blog)

If you are a fresh graduate or a final year student trying to find out which field should opt for, if you are looking for a job change and you are wondering which skill set need to develop, here are your options. Based on your interest & aptitude you can select any of these skills and start working on them to prepare yourself ready for a job in 2017.

Best of luck 🙂


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