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2018 Emerging Jobs Report

LinkedIn's 2018 Emerging Jobs Report analyzes the roles that companies are rapidly hiring for, the skills associated with them, and the roles that have emerged over the last five years.

2018 Emerging Jobs Report

Biggest takeaways from the report:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) is king. In 2018, six out of the 15 emerging jobs are related to AI, and skills related to AI are starting to infiltrate every industry, not just tech. AI skills are among the fastest-growing skills on LinkedIn, and globally saw a 190% increase from 2015 to 2017.
  • Basic business functions are surging. When looking at the fastest-growing roles in the country, nearly all of them are roles that have been steadily growing for years, including Software Engineer, Account Executive, and Recruiter.
  • The largest skills gaps are soft skills. Despite technical roles making a strong showing on this year’s Emerging Jobs list, soft skills - like oral communication, leadership and time management - make up nearly half the list of skills with the largest skills gaps. 

2018 Top Five Emerging Jobs:

  1. Blockchain Developer (33X growth)
    Top Skills: Solidity, Blockchain, Ethereum, Cryptocurrency, Node.js
    Top Industries: Information Technology & Services, Computer Software, Internet
    Cities Where Demand is High: San Francisco, New York City, Atlanta
  2. Machine Learning Engineer (12X growth)
    Top Skills: Deep Learning, Machine Learning, Tensorflow, Apache Spark, Natural Language Processing
    Top Industries: Computer Software, Internet, Information Technology & Services
    Cities Where Demand is High: San Francisco, Denver, Austin
  3. Application Sales Executive (8X growth)
    Top Skills: Software as a Service, Cloud Applications, Human Capital Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Solution Selling
    Top Industries: Information Technology & Services, Telecommunications, Computer Software
    Cities Where Demand is High: Boston, Austin, Minneapolis-St. Paul
  4. Machine Learning Specialist (6X growth)
    Top Skills: Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Tensorflow, Python, Artificial Intelligence
    Top Industries: Computer Software, Higher Education, Internet
    Cities Where Demand is High: San Francisco, New York City, Madison
  5. Professional Medical Representative (6X growth)
    Top Skills: Pharmaceutical Sales, Sales Effectiveness, Product Launches, Medical Devices, Gastroenterology
    Top Industries: Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Hospital & Healthcare
    Cities Where Demand is High: Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas/Fort Worth

Skills with the Biggest Skills Gap:

  • Oral Communication
  • People Management
  • Development Tools
  • Social Media
  • Business Management
  • Time Management
  • Leadership
  • Graphic Design
  • Data Science
  • Web Development

Jobs with the Largest Hiring Growth:

  1. Software Engineer
    Current Job Openings: 80,000+
    Top Skills: Software Development, Java, SQL, JavaScript, C++
  2. Account Executive
    Current Job Openings: 16,000+
    Top Skills: Sales Management, Social Media Marketing, Salesforce, Sales Operations, Customer Relationship Management
  3. Realtor
    Current Job Openings: 2,000+
    Top Skills: Working with First-Time Home Buyers, Sellers, Investment Properties, Buyer Representation, Single Family Homes
  4. Account Manager
    Current Job Openings: 17,000+
    Top Skills: Sales Management, Sales Operations, Customer Relationship Management, Direct Sales, Sales Process
  5. Recruiter
    Current Job Openings: 8,000+
    Top Skills: Recruiting, Human Resources, Sourcing, Applicant Tracking Systems, Technical Recruiting
  6. Project Manager
    Current Job Openings: 42,000+
    Top Skills: Construction, Construction Management, Program Management, Engineering, Business Process Improvement
  7. Marketing Specialist
    Current Job Openings: 7,000+
    Top Skills: Social Media Marketing, Digital Marketing, Adobe Photoshop, Email Marketing, Market Research
  8. Real Estate Agent
    Current Job Openings: 6,000+
    Top Skills: Working with First-Time Home Buyers, Investment Properties, Sellers, Residential Homes, Real Estate Transactions
  9. Product Manager
    Current Job Openings: 12,000+
    Top Skills: Product Management, Product Development, Cross-functional Team Leadership, Engineering, Product Marketing
  10. Data Scientist
    Current Job Openings: 6,000+
    Top Skills: Data Science, Data Mining, Data Analysis, Python, Machine Learning
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