What are the top 10 skills on LinkedIn that can land you a job in 2017?


With over 6 million open jobs posted on LinkedIn at the moment, it is not hard to apply to new open positions. But if you don’t have the top required skills that will land you a better job, your chances of getting hired are probably very low. Top recruiters make sure to check for certain skills when they research for possible candidates. What are the Top Skills of 2016 that can land you a new job in 2017?

Globally, the top ten skills of 2016 on LinkedIn are:

  1. Cloud and Distributed Computing
  2. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining
  3. Web Architecture and Development Framework
  4. Middleware and Interface Design
  5. User Interface Design
  6. Network and Information Security
  7. Mobile Development
  8. Data Presentation
  9. SEO/SEM Marketing
  10. Storage Systems and Management

According to an article by LinkedIn, the demand for marketers is slowing down. “While marketing skills like marketing campaign management, SEO/SEM, and channel marketing were in high demand in 2015, things have changed. This year, SEO/SEM dropped five spots from #4 to #9 and marketing campaign management dropped completely off the list. Demand for marketing skills is slowing because the supply of people with marketing skills has caught up with employers’ demand for people with marketing skills.”

Even for this year, Cloud and Distributed Computing remains in the top position of 2016 top skills on LinkedIn Globally. Furthermore this skill seems to be present in the top skills in top countries such as France, Germany, and Ireland. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining has gone down by one position. It ranked second in 2014, while this is the second year in the row this top skill is ranked second globally.

“Employers need employees with cloud and distributed computing, statistical analysis and data mining skills to stay competitive. For the first time ever, data presentation, which is visualizing data, makes the list with the #8 spot. With statistical analysis and data mining holding strong again this year at #2, employers need employees who can organize data so it’s easy for people to understand,” according to LinkedIn.

User interface design has come a long way to be ranked in the fifth position this year. Back in 2014 this skill ranked in the 14th position, while last year it managed to enter the top tenth ranking in the tenth position. “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.” It is yet to be seen how User Interface Design will evolve in the coming years, and who knows, maybe it can rank even on a higher position in 2017.

LinkedIn suggest that in case you have some of these skills, make sure to include them on your LinkedIn profile so that recruiters can find and recruit you. In case you do not have any of these skills, you can easily start learning them as soon as possible by joining LinkedIn’s Week of Learning which features over 5000 free courses.  


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