If you have technical expertise, you shouldn’t have trouble finding work: Computer programming and technical design skills dominate the list of the skills employers are looking for most in employees, according to three separate rankings from LinkedIn, Upwork and Adobe. If you’re looking to upgrade your resume or expand your knowledge, check out the 22 most in-demand job skills.
Here’s what the three companies’ rankings determined:
The most in-demand skill, according to LinkedIn’s data, is blockchain development and engineering. The rapid growth of the cryptocurrency industry has led more companies to call for experience in working with digital ledgers. Blockchain skills apply to more than just crypto, as blockchain technology is also used to track large amounts of information, making blockchain skills essential for many positions in the shipping, healthcare and farming industries.
Upwork’s data shows that IT, data analytics and programming are among the hottest skills. The researchers found that, due to the rapid growth of technological innovation, more companies are looking for tech-savvy employees. In particular, hiring managers are seeking employees who stay ahead of the digital curve and use important data to move businesses forward.
Video production, search engine optimization (SEO) and social media marketing were also among the top in-demand skills from Upwork’s research.
Adobe analysts surveyed 750 recently hired professionals about the skills they use daily. They found that project management skills are in especially high demand and that companies are looking to fill jobs in digital marketing and sales as well.
Adobe’s team also found that skills in business development and sales, engineering, data science, user experience and digital content are highly important to employers. Specifically, IT automation, data analysis and statistics, software development and artificial intelligence are among the skills that employers consistently seek.
Additionally, trends in favor of digital content products and online content suggest that visual communication skills can benefit job seekers. Companies that prioritize their social media presence, mobile applications and websites for marketing are seeking employees who know how to capture and keep users’ attention. Adobe’s research thus identified user experience as one of the top visual skills.
These are the 22 most in-demand skills overall, according to the reports from LinkedIn, Upwork and Adobe:
If you lack in-demand skills, there are several ways you can get experience in these areas and increase your appeal to employers. Although one of the most common ways to learn new skills is to attend school and get a degree, there are a few other approaches you can take to expand your skill set.
You can work through online courses at your own pace, and there are several inexpensive or free options. For example, Udemy offers classes starting at $14.99. Stanford has many free courses in areas such as machine learning, database design and cryptography (a blockchain fundamental). If you prefer to jump through content freely, you can find in-depth YouTube videos from experts on just about any skill imaginable.
You might not be able to learn certain skills in your everyday role at work, but there’s bound to be someone in your workplace who has one or some of the skills you want to acquire. Reach out to colleagues in other departments or a supervisor who uses those skills every day. They might be willing to give you tips and even some hands-on training.
Internships aren’t just for college students and recent graduates. Many companies are open to hosting interns of any age who are willing to learn and contribute to their business. Internships are designed to give you hands-on experience in a particular field. They allow you to work alongside professionals who have many of the skills you’re looking to obtain.
If you attended college, your school’s career services department could connect you with internship opportunities. You can also reach out to people you know who work in positions that require your desired skills. They might be willing to put in a good word and help set up an internship for you.
Thanks to libraries, bookstores, websites and online courses, you have tons of expert-level knowledge at your disposal. Make a plan to set aside some time every week to focus on learning about your desired skills.
You can search for conferences or other events that are coming to your area. Local colleges and universities often host talks that are open to the public. You might find an event that relates to the skills you’re studying, and many speakers are open to sharing their tips and advice with someone who is trying to enter their field.
There are several ways to advance your skill set, including reading books, taking an online training course and getting on-the-job training.
When you’re choosing new skills to learn, assess the latest trends and determine how to stay relevant to meet changing employer demands. As you go about learning new skills, try to focus on areas you find interesting. You’re more likely to stay motivated to finish that programming or SEO course if you already have some curiosity about the subject. With some dedication and self-discipline, you can start gaining key skills that will help you stand out to employers.