January 09, 2014, 3:00 PM — IT professionals are extraordinarily well-positioned for job prospects in 2014, according to LinkedIn.
The site examined the skills and employment history of its 259 million member profiles last month and determined the 25 most-sought-after skills that got people hired last year.
Of the 25, only six were not in IT: social media marketing (#1); digital and online marketing (#7); recruiting (#8); business development and relationship management (#9); PR and communications (#21); and strategy and strategic planning (#25). And some of those, you can argue, have a strong IT component, as well.
"If the skills you have on your LinkedIn profile fit one of the categories… there’s a good chance that you started a new job or were approached by a recruiter about an open position in the past year," LinkedIn's Sohan Murthy writes. "Technology skills are highly valued. It’s almost 2014. This shouldn’t come as a big surprise, but if it isn’t already painfully clear why STEM education is a top priority for many of the world’s governments, now you know."
Here are the Top 5:
1. Social Media Marketing
2. Mobile Development
3. Cloud and Distributed Computing
5. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining
There is another important take-away from LinkedIn's analysis, aside from "Wow, I'm glad I got into IT." If you have experience or skills in any of these areas, make sure they have a prominent place on your profile.
Click below to see what hot skills took spots 6-25.