LinkedIn Reveals the Most In-Demand Skills in 2019

LinkedIn has released a list of professional skills that companies need most in 2019.

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.

LinkedIn has released a list of professional skills that companies need most in 2019.

There are 50,000 professional skills in the world, according to LinkedIn data.

The company has combed through its data to determine the hard skills and soft skills that are most valuable this year.

“These are the skills your boss and your boss’s boss find most valuable, but have a hard time finding – and the skills that’ll most help you better serve your clients and customers.”

Those who are looking to improve their skillset this year could consider this data a starting point.

Most In-Demand Soft Skills

According to LinkedIn data, 57% of senior leaders today say soft skills are more important than hard skills.

Here’s what they need most and why:

  • Creativity: Organisations most need creative employees who can conceive the solutions of tomorrow.
  • Persuasion: The key to having a great product is persuading people to buy into it.
  • Collaboration: As projects grow increasingly more complex, effective collaboration is becoming more important.
  • Adaptability: An adaptable mind is an essential tool for navigating today’s ever-changing world.
  • Time Management: Mastering time management today will serve you the rest of your career.

Most In-Demand Hard Skills

To no surprise, many of the most valuable hard skills are those that can be utilized in today’s increasingly digital world.

Here’s are the top 5 skills companies need most and why:

  • Cloud Computing: Companies are desperately searching for engineers who have the skills to accommodate a shift toward the cloud.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Data suggests that the age of AI has arrived.
  • Analytical Reasoning: Companies are hungry for professionals who can make smart decisions based on vast arrays of data.
  • People Management: Companies are shifting toward having leaders who can coach and empower others.
  • UX Design: This is is the key to making a digital world work for humans.

Here are the rest of the most in-demand hard skills in order:

  • Mobile Application Development
  • Video Production
  • Sales Leadership
  • Translation
  • Audio Production
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Scientific Computing
  • Game Development
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Animation
  • Business Analysis
  • Journalism
  • Digital Marketing
  • Industrial Design
  • Competitive Strategies
  • Customer Service Systems
  • Software Testing
  • Data Science
  • Computer Graphics
  • Corporate Communications

LinkedIn measured demand by identifying the skills listed on the LinkedIn profiles of people who are getting hired at the highest rates. Only cities with 100,000 LinkedIn members were included.

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...


Want to know what skills you need in 2019 to get ahead?

by Hithakshi Kotyan
Hiring from LinkedIn

What Every Small Business Needs to Know about Hiring from LinkedIn in 2019

by Jay Block

How to Use Workplace Tech to Wow Your Boss

by William Arruda

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.


We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.