The Most In-Demand Jobs Right Now

December 10, 2020

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You’ve probably picked up a new skill or two during the pandemic, though some — like stress baking or doom-scrolling — might not make it on to your LinkedIn profile. 

To help employees add more marketable skills, many companies are making greater investments in learning and development (L&D) resources. (A smart investment for companies who can’t afford to hire like they used to, but still need to add new skills to their workforce.) That also means L&D professions are in high demand, as the latest LinkedIn job posting data confirms: in November alone, demand for Training Supervisors nearly tripled (2.8x). 

That’s just one of the insights you can find in this month’s readout of the most in-demand jobs and the jobs with the fastest-growing demand. You’ll also see why hiring tech talent may get even more competitive, and which customer service jobs are on the rise ahead of the holiday season.

This post is updated monthly to help talent leaders and recruiters make hiring decisions, manage expectations, and better understand the competitive talent landscape. Find all the data below, followed by a quick analysis of what it might mean.

Learning and development (L&D) is in high demand

At the very start of the pandemic, we saw two big trends moving in opposite directions: hiring was down, but learning was way up. And while hiring has since stabilized, learning may be about to see another spike, since demand for Training Supervisors grew by 183% over the past month.

The reason may be simple: for many companies that can’t afford to hire external talent like they did before the pandemic, upskilling employees and hiring from within can help them meet their talent needs while minimizing layoffs. 

That aligns with a recent survey of talent professionals which showed that almost 50% expect their recruiting budgets to be cut down due to COVID, yet 66% expect their learning and development budget to increase or stay the same.

Tech talent continues to be a hot commodity 

Cloud Engineer jumped 12 spots in our rankings of the most in-demand roles, making it the job with the seventh-most job posts on LinkedIn in November. That may be because so many employees are working from home: the cloud services that remote workers rely on have never been so business-critical

But cloud computing professionals aren’t alone — technical roles like Oracle Specialist, User Interface Designer, and all kinds of developers also saw big spikes in demand over the past month. Tech companies have done relatively well during the pandemic, but it’s not just the tech sector hiring tech talent. Companies in virtually all industries have a greater need for engineering as they’ve had to pivot to more online operations — accelerating a trend that’s been growing for years

Customer service jobs surge ahead of the holiday season

The role of Food Specialist saw the single greatest spike in demand over November, growing by almost 7x. Many other in-person and customer-facing roles also saw significant jumps, like Customer Assistant and Receptionist, which cracked the top 10 most in-demand jobs for the first time since this series began. 

That may be because more people were out and about in November — especially in the United States, where an alarming number of people travelled for the Thanksgiving holiday, despite public health guidance to stay home. Retail businesses may have also been preparing for the holiday shopping rush that kicked off in late November with Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

With all that in mind, these new spikes in demand could change just as quickly as they arrived, with COVID-19 cases projected to rise dramatically in many countries over the next few months

Methodology

Based on global LinkedIn data on all premium job posts in October and November 2020. 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 October 2020 to November 2020; jobs with fewer than 500 job posts in October were excluded.

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