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Do You Have What it Takes? The Most In-Demand Skills by Industry

Do You Have What it Takes? The Most In-Demand Skills by Industry
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Technology, project management and interpersonal skills are the abilities employers are looking for most, new research shows.

The findings come from a study from Strayer University's Strayer@Work, which provides accredited degree programs tailored to industry needs. The research, which used data from LinkedIn, included employers in the financial services, food and beverage, health care, information technology, manufacturing, retail, and travel and tourism industries.

"Many companies are struggling to find the qualified workers they need to fill their open positions," Kelly Bozarth, CEO of Strayer@Work, said in a statement. [See Related Story: Soft Skills Matter: Can They Be Taught? ]

When broken down by industry, some of the most in-demand skills include the following:

  • Financial services: P&L management, data warehouse architecture, crystal reports, SQL and budget management.
  • Food and beverage: Organization and prioritization, communication, time management, interpersonal skills and inventory management.
  • Health care: Programming, strategy, analysis, database administration and cross-functional team leadership.
  • Information technology: Performance measurement, IT audit, resource allocation, scheduling and Hadoop.
  • Manufacturing: Creativity, analysis, CAD, cross-functional team leadership and critical thinking.
  • Retail: JDA software, multichannel retail, district management, shopper marketing and new store development.
  • Travel and tourism: Critical path method scheduling, enterprise software, wireless, interactive advertising and interactive marketing.

The Strayer@Work Skills Index, which is updated quarterly, determined the most in-demand skills by using LinkedIn to measure both the supply and demand of the select skills. The skills supply was measured by how prevalent select skills are within the LinkedIn profiles of members in a particular industry, relative to the overall population of LinkedIn members in the U.S. The demand was determined by the desirability of select skills within a particular industry, relative to its overall demand, as measured by U.S. LinkedIn members who received an InMail message from a recruiter within the past year.

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.