This post was written as an official Linkedin press release on the 20 of October 2016. This is an excerpt of the original release.

The [U.S.] Top Skills of 2016 [and moving into 2017] are:

  1. Cloud and Distributed Computing
  2. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining
  3. Mobile Development
  4. Storage Systems and Management
  5. User Interface Design
  6. Network and Information Security
  7. Middleware and Integration Software
  8. Web Architecture and Development Framework
  9. Algorithm Design
  10. Java Development

The annual list is developed by analyzing all of the recruiting activity on LinkedIn since January, and uncovers several trends about the U.S. job market. Demand remains high for tech skills like Cloud Distributed Computing (No. 1), and Statistical Analysis and Data Mining (No. 2).

That’s due to the fact that tech skills are no longer relegated to the tech industry; they’re needed in nearly every industry and region in the country. Additionally, user interface design has slowly but surely climbed the U.S. Top Skills of 2016 list — It didn’t make 2014’s list, came in at No. 7 last year, and jumped two spaces to No. 5 this year. Demand for people with user interface design skills is growing because products are increasingly data-driven, and employers need employees who can make it easy for customers to interact with their products.

“While we see job applications spike on LinkedIn in October, we know companies aren’t actually hiring at the same rate until January,” says LinkedIn Career Expert Catherine Fisher. “While some skills expire every couple of years, our data strongly suggests that tech skills will still be needed for years to come, in every industry. Now is a great time for professionals to acquire the skills they need to be more marketable.”

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