It’s time to skill up or get out (in America)

Toward the end of 2017, LinkedIn published a massive report on jobs in the US. It mostly focuses on emerging job market trends, but there’s a lot of valuable insights in it.

In this article, we’ll cover some of the highlights from their research. Or you can jump straight to the report here.

Here’s what we found about the future of jobs:

  • It’s estimated that 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately hold jobs that don’t yet exist. Manufacturing jobs are barely coming back now, but they’re DEFINITELY not coming back in the future, no matter who is president.
  • Some specialist roles are on the decline. Here’s what LinkedIn says “From specialized developer roles to legal specialists, and even specialized logistics roles, we see these roles being replaced in favor of more comprehensive skill sets and job titles. For example, Flash-related roles are on the decline as the technology loses steam in favor of more big data and machine learning roles.”
  • Multidisciplinary skills are growing in demand. Many of the roles on this list cover multiple disciplines and apply to numerous industries. Aka, it’s time to become a triple threat.
  • Sales Development Representatives, are proliferating, and while they’re an entry-level role, they’re an excellent option for those looking to break into any industry.
  • Top 20 emerging jobs in America:

They also crunched data about the last five years of jobs, and here are some trends.

  • Tech jobs are king: Jobs with the top growth potential are in tech. Whether the company is tech or not, too. Jobs like this are machine learning engineer, data scientist, and big data engineers, and these jobs rank among the top emerging jobs. Every company will need a set of these team members on staff to succeed in the future. Take one of many of the industry leader, HubSpot, free courses and certifications (they’re in jobs that you’ll find in the tech sectors like marketing, sales, and design).
  • Soft skills still matter: Not all of the emerging tech jobs require technical skills. Sales development representative, customer success manager, and brand partner rank among the top emerging jobs at companies where a technical background is not a requirement. Soft skills like communication and management underpin all of these jobs. Take the inexpensive edX course on soft skills for $49 USD.
  • Jobs with high mobility on the rise: Several top emerging jobs reflect broader societal trends, such as wellness, flexibility and location mobility.
  • Low supply of talent for top jobs: Data scientist roles have grown over 650% since 2012, but currently 35,000 people in the US have data science skills, while hundreds of companies are hiring for those roles – even those you may not expect in sectors like retail and finance – supply of candidates for these positions cannot keep up with demand.  Check out  Coursera,  Udacity, or this Forbe’s article’s list of trainings for those aspiring to be data scientists.
  • Future-proofing skills are critical: Some of these emerging jobs didn’t even exist five years ago, and many professionals are not confident their current skill set will be relevant within the next 1-2 years. Learning how to learn is a critical element of future success. Try this Coursera course to identify and master skills so you can learn how you learn.

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