'Cloud and Distributed Computing' Tops LinkedIn's Top Skill for 2018

LinkedIn published its list of the most in-demand skills heading into 2018, with Cloud and Distributed Computing topping the list.

The business-oriented social site mined data from its 500 million-plus members to determine the hard skills companies need most.

With cloud jobs topping the list, LinkedIn listed related jobs and their average salaries: Platform Engineer ($120,000); Cloud Architect ($135,000).

While the jobs list isn't limited to tech positions, they continue to dominate the ranking. "Year-over-year technology jobs and skills have dominated these lists, and that’s a trend that’s likely here to stay," LinkedIn said. "All jobs are likely going to require some technical skills in the future, so make sure to brush up on the basics."

In the ranking of specific jobs (as opposed to skills), coming in at No. 1 was Engagement Lead, with a median base salary of $93,000. The jobs list highlights those with high median salaries, many job openings and strong year-over-year growth, along with the jobs most likely to lead to a promotion or advancement -- as well as the top five skills associated with each.

Here are the top 10 skills as published by LinkedIn:

  • Cloud and Distributed Computing
  • Statistical Analysis and Data Mining
  • Middleware and Integration Software
  • Web Architecture and Development Framework
  • User Interface Design
  • Software Revision Control Systems
  • Data Presentation
  • SEO/SEM Marketing
  • Mobile Development
  • Network and Information Security

Here are the top 10 most promising jobs/salaries as published by LinkedIn:

  • Engagement Lead ($93,000)
  • Software Engineering Manager ($148,000)
  • Customer Success Manager ($82,000)
  • Solutions Architect ($134,000)
  • Sales Director ($145,000)
  • Engineering Manager ($130,000)
  • Program Manager ($100,000)
  • Data Scientist ($113,000)
  • Enterprise Account Manager ($180,000)

More information and methodology can be found in this post. LinkedIn also published a list of the top skills and associated courses to learn them here.

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