LinkedIn's Top 25 Most In-Demand Career Skills

Job seekers should find a way to highlight their technological skills in the new year, according to a new study: New research from LinkedIn revealed that 20 of the top 25 skills most in demand by employers in 2013 involved technology.

After analyzing the skills and employment history of its 259 million members, LinkedIn discovered that social media marketing, mobile development, and cloud and distributed computing topped this year's hottest skills of 2013.

LinkedIn developed its rankings after examining LinkedIn profiles and grouping users' skills into meaningful categories. Researchers then looked at all of the hiring and recruiting activity that happened on LinkedIn in the past year and determined which skill categories drew the most interest from employers in 2013. [25 Action Words to Include on Your Resume]

Other skills in this year's top 25 included the following:

  • Perl/Python/Ruby

  • Statistical analysis and data mining

  • User interface design

  • Digital and online marketing

  • Recruiting

  • Business development/relationship management

  • Retail payment and information systems

  • Business intelligence

  • Data engineering and data warehousing

  • Web programming

  • Algorithm design

  • Database management and software

  • Computer graphics and animation

  • C/C++

  • Middleware and integration software

  • Java development

  • Software QA and user testing

  • PR and communications

  • Software engineering management

  • Information security

  • Strategy and strategic planning

  • Storage systems and management

Researchers said the rankings show the value of technology skills and make it clear why science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education is a top priority for many of the world's governments.

LinkedIn researchers also said the rankings — which have cloud and distributed computing, data mining and data engineering in the top 12 — paint a picture of a world overwhelmed with information, with businesses scrambling to store, retrieve and make sense of it all.

However, not all of the skills on the list were technology-driven. Researchers said the demand for employees with skills in recruiting, business development and strategic planning shows that many employers are looking to grow, as all of these skills help businesses hire more employees and find new sources of revenue.

Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.

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