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Top Emerging Jobs In 2018

Soft skills make up nearly half the list of skills with the largest skills gaps, according To LinkedIn

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is likely to see continued growth in job functions related to every field, and not just tech. According to LinkedIn’s 2018 Emerging Jobs Report for the US, six out of the emerging jobs are related in some way to the AI.  In fact, AI skills are among the fastest-growing skills on LinkedIn, and globally saw a 190 per cent increase from 2015 to 2017.

AI may be on the rise, but it can’t replace the power of humans. Despite technical roles making a strong showing on this year’s Emerging Jobs list, soft skills - like oral communication, leadership and time management - make up nearly half the list of skills with the largest skills gaps. While hard skills are important, it remains imperative for professionals to maintain their arsenal of soft skills in this rapidly changing jobs landscape because those that have them, have a leg up.

The report observed a high demand for machine learning roles and continuing growth of data science roles, however, both fields are starting to see more specialized roles emerge. Blockchain Developer is the most in-demand job role amid interest around blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Top five emerging jobs of 2018 are:

1. Blockchain Developer

Growth- 33X

Top Skills: Solidity, Blockchain, Ethereum, Cryptocurrency, Node.js

2. Machine Learning Engineer

Growth- 12X

Top Skills: Deep Learning, Machine Learning, Tensorflow, Apache Spark, Natural Language Processing

3. Application Sales Executive

Growth- 8X

Top Skills: Software as a Service, Cloud Applications, Human Capital Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Solution Selling

4. Machine Learning Specialist

Growth- 6X

Top Skills: Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Tensorflow, Python, Artificial Intelligence

5. Professional Medical Representative

Growth- 6X

Top Skills: Pharmaceutical Sales, Sales Effectiveness, Product Launches, Medical Devices, Gastroenterology

These are the jobs that have been seeing strong and steady demand over the last four years, seeing the largest growth in hiring rates among jobs, meaning these roles are experiencing sustained high hiring rates and large growth year-over-year, making them potentially more stable career choices.

Oral Communication remains the skill group with the biggest shortage. Moreover, core technical skills like social media, graphic design and web development are consistently in demand as every organization - no matter how big or small - needs a digital presence to survive.

The report found out that people with these skills are hired at faster rates than people without these skills. A look at emerging skills on LinkedIn suggests that while the world of AI is still nascent, we are already seeing its impact on the labour market -- sometimes in unexpected places.


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