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LinkedIn's Top 25 Most In-Demand Career Skills

LinkedIn's Top 25 Most In-Demand Career Skills
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Highlighting your technology skills could be your ticket to finding a new job this year.

New research from LinkedIn revealed that 20 of the top 25 most in-demand skills by U.S. employers in 2015 involved technology. For the second year in a row, cloud and distributed computing and statistical analysis and data mining were the top two skill-set categories employers were looking for most over the past year.

To develop its rankings, LinkedIn analyzed the skills of its users. Because LinkedIn users can choose from thousands of individual skills to put on their profile, the first step was to group skills into categories. For example, Android and iOS skills were grouped in the mobile development category.

From there, LinkedIn analysts examined all of the hiring and recruiting activity that happened on LinkedIn in the past year and identified the skill categories that belonged to members who were more likely to start new jobs and receive interest from recruiters.

Although the skills ranked were the most popular in 2015, LinkedIn researchers expect the popularity of these skills to continue in 2016. [Got a Diploma? Employers Would Rather See These Skills ]

"We noticed that companies were still recruiting and hiring for these skills well into the final months of 2015, so we expect these skills will remain in-demand in the early part of 2016," Sohan Murthy, a LinkedIn researcher, wrote on the company's blog. "This means, if you have one or more of these skills, you're likely to continue getting interest from recruiters in the new year."

Here are LinkedIn's 25 hottest skills in the U.S. in 2015:

  1. Cloud and distributed computing
  2. Statistical analysis and data mining
  3. Mobile development
  4. Network and information security
  5. Middleware and integration software
  6. Storage systems and management
  7. User interface design
  8. Algorithm design
  9. Java development
  10. Web architecture and development frameworks
  11. Mac, Linux and Unix systems
  12. Marketing campaign management
  13. Perl/Python/Ruby
  14. Shell scripting languages
  15. Data engineering and data warehousing
  16. Electronic and electrical engineering
  17. Virtualization
  18. Software QA and user testing
  19. SAP ERP systems
  20. Economics
  21. Foreign language translation
  22. C/C++
  23. Business intelligence
  24. Microsoft application development
  25. Computer graphics and animation

Several skills categories cooled off in 2015. Specifically, game development and digital and online marketing dropped out of the top 25, while foreign language translation fell from the sixth most in-demand skill last year to 21st this year. Computer graphics and animation also dropped significantly, going from 13th on last year's rankings to 25th this year.

In addition to examining data among its U.S. members, LinkedIn studied the most in-demand skills of employees in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The in-demand skills for those countries, as well as the global rankings, can be found on the LinkedIn blog.

Chad  Brooks
Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.