LinkedIn released their 2018 Emerging Jobs Report today and as always it’s packed full of some great information that speaks to where we see the world of Recruiting today, but also what we need to keep our eye for the future!
So, what stood out in the latest report? First and foremost it’s what jobs are hot this year to last –
So, I think we’ve all been hearing all of this A.I. and Blockchain stuff. The reality is, we aren’t really talking about true A.I., it’s Machine Learning (ML) and we’ve seen giant increases in the needs for these skills.
Out of the top 15 emerging jobs (those jobs growing the fastest on LinkedIn) 6 of those were related to ML, Data, and Blockchain. That’s significant in terms of the products and technology that are being built by companies for the future.
What else did we learn?
While the report is designed to make us believe it’s all about Tech hiring, it’s not really all about tech hiring!
- Sales Executives
- Account Executives (another title for sales)
- Administrative Assistants
Were all super high on the list as well. What does that mean? Well, those really aren’t emerging or growing jobs, it’s more about who’s living, searching, and spending time on LinkedIn. That might not be the patronage that LI really wants long term for the health of the site, in terms of your normal mix.
The largest skills gap is still good old fashion oral communications!
Again, I’m not sure how much of this is truly a skills gap and how much of that coming up in the data is just a function of the types of roles people are trying to recruit for on LI. If the report shows that all of these A.I., Blockchain, and Data jobs are what’s truly hot, oral communication wouldn’t be the most critical thing in those roles.
But, oral communication is definitely a skill that is in short supply for most professions, and much needed by most professions outside of tech, like sales type roles.
Machine Learning is definitely a skill set that employers are begging for. I reached out to my buddy and Recruiting savant, Steve Levy, just the other day as we had a search for a client demanding 10 years of ML experience. I was like, I don’t even remember ML being used as a term ten years ago!
Steve confirmed, it most likely wasn’t. We did find some mention from 2009, but that was about it. So, the hysteria is real. Entry level position, five years of experience!
I was surprised not to see Autonomous vehicle knowledge on there as this is another skill set we see companies begging for and we are constantly helping our clients in these searches. It’s not just about cars. It’s about delivery vehicles, mass transit, freight hauling, garbage trucks, etc. If it moves people or things, it’s going autonomous eventually.
Check out the report. It’s great read at the end of the year as you’re preparing for recruiting plans for 2019!
This is super interesting and also telling about who uses LinkedIn and who doesn’t. There’s a lot of growth going on in various trade careers and blue collar segments that don’t even get a mention here. Clearly, they aren’t coming to LI to look for jobs or post their profiles. There are going to be recruiting challenges in those labor segments as well.
When I was at Talent Connect, LI was pretty clear, that their plan is to have those blue collar types as well, eventually. All people, all jobs. We’ll see.