The 10 most in-demand skills that can get you hired in 2017

As we approach the end of the year, you may be thinking about making a fresh start.

If a new job is part of your plan, there are a few skills you’ll want to learn and master before you start applying.

LinkedIn recently looked at billions of data points and analysed all of the hiring and recruiting activity that occurred on its site so far in 2016 to identify the most sought-after skills.

Ultimately the company uncovered the skills that can get you hired in 2017 in 14 different countries.

“While some skills expire every couple of years, our data strongly suggests that tech skills will still be needed for years to come, in every industry,” said LinkedIn career expert Catherine Fisher in a press release. “Now is a great time for professionals to acquire the skills they need to be more marketable.”

Here are the hottest, most in-demand skills right now:

1. Cloud and Distributed Computing

2. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining

3. Mobile Development

4. Storage Systems and Management

5. User Interface Design

6. Network and Information Security

7. Middleware and Integration Software

8. Web Architecture and Development Framework

9. Algorithm Design

10. Java Development

In a post on LinkedIn, Fisher explains that the “top skills” list reveals several trends about the job market, including:

Data and cloud reign supreme

“I smell a dynasty in the making!” Fisher writes. “Cloud and distributed computing has remained in the No. 1 spot for the past two years … . Following closely on its heels is statistical analysis and data mining, which came in No. 2 last year, and No. 1 in 2014. These skills are in such high demand because they’re at the cutting edge of technology. Employers need employees with cloud and distributed computing, statistical analysis and data mining skills to stay competitive.”

User interface design is what’s hot right now

“User interface design (No. 5), which is designing the part of products that people interact with, is increasingly in-demand among employers,” Fisher writes. “Data has become central to many products, which has created a need for people with user interface design skills who can make those products easy for customers to use.”

Click here to see the full report and breakdown of in-demand skills by country.

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