The Most In-Demand Jobs Right Now

October 15, 2020

security officer

In-person essential workers continue to be in high demand, with security officers seeing the sharpest spike in job postings over the past month according to new LinkedIn data. 

But even as parts of the world carefully reopen, the digital transformations accelerating under COVID-19 aren’t slowing down: Jobs that help companies build a virtual presence are also seeing significant increases in demand. 

Read on to see which other jobs saw the biggest spikes in demand over the past month, along with the roles attracting the most demand overall. These insights are updated monthly to help talent leaders and recruiters make hiring decisions, manage expectations, and better understand the competitive talent landscape. 

Security jobs spike, suggesting an increase of in-person activities

Businesses may be anticipating a rise in foot traffic, as job posts for security officers grew rapidly in September — more than twice as fast as any other job on LinkedIn. And demand for retail sales specialists has more than doubled in just the past month.  

But with the pandemic still in full swing in many countries, businesses aren’t backing away from digital-first strategies. Demand is also rising for jobs like application developer, search engine optimization (SEO) specialist, and translation specialist — all of which can help companies reach consumers virtually.

Delivery continues to drive high demand as a key part of the economy

Chances are good that you’ve ordered more things online in 2020 than you did in 2019. The need for deliveries has skyrocketed under COVID-19, and is likely to surge even more as we move into the holiday season.   

While the growing demand for drivers isn’t likely to change any time soon, the way companies employ these workers might. As delivery services become an increasingly important part of the global economy, the so-called “gig economy” that many drivers operate within may be changing. 

In California, for example, voters will soon consider a ballot measure that would “establish drivers as an independent class of workers with access to limited job benefits, along with wage and worker protections they’ve so far lacked under the gig economy model,” according to The Washington Post. Many governments and companies around the world are considering similar protections for gig workers during the pandemic. 

As this growing sector of the economy continues to establish itself — and as governments and consumers weigh in — we’ll keep a close eye on how companies’ hiring models and strategies adapt.

Check back on this post in mid-November, when we’ll be ready to share the latest data from October. 

Methodology

Based on global LinkedIn data on all premium job posts in August and September. The most in-demand jobs are those with the highest number of job posts. The jobs with the fastest-growing demand are those with the biggest percentage growth in the number of job posts, from August 2020 to September 2020; jobs with fewer than 500 job posts in August were excluded.

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