25 skills LinkedIn says are most likely to get you hired in 2018 — and the online courses to get them

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It can be difficult to discern which skills companies need most in 2018. LinkedIn used billions of data points from its 500+ million members to determine which hard and soft skills are most actively being sought by employers and getting LinkedIn members hired in 2018. You’ll find the 25 hard skills listed below, as well as affordable online courses you can take to support your aptitude.  Find the top soft skills employers will look for in 2018 here.

With the introduction of far-reaching and robust technology, the job market has experienced its own exponential growth, adaptation, and semi-metamorphosis. So much so that it can be difficult to guess what skills employer’s are looking for and what makes your résumé — and not another — stand out to recruiters.

Thankfully, LinkedIn created a 2018 “roadmap” — a list of hard and soft skills that companies need the most.

LinkedIn used data from their 500+ million members to identify the skills companies are currently working the hardest to fill. They grouped the skills members add to their profiles into several dozen categories (for example, “Android” and “iOS” into the “Mobile Development” category). Then, the company looked at all of the hiring and recruiting activity that happened on LinkedIn between January 1 and September 1 (billions of data points) and extrapolated the skill categories that belonged to members who were “more likely to start a new role within a company and receive interest from companies.”

LinkedIn then coupled those specific skills with related jobs and their average US salaries — all of which you can find below, alongside courses you can take (for free or for much less than the cost of a degree) to support claims of aptitude and stay ahead of the curve. 

The online-learning options we included — LinkedIn LearningUdemy, Coursera, and edX — are among the most popular and inexpensive.

Coursera and edX allow you to take classes from the top universities in the world, nearly all of which are free to audit with a fee of $29 – $160 to add a verified certificate that you can include in your resume and LinkedIn profile. Udemy houses over 65,000 courses and 15 million students in areas such as programming, marketing, and data science most prominently and frequently discounts courses worth $200 by up to 90% off. LinkedIn Learning specializes in software, creatives, and business skills, and comes with a free one-month trial. After that, access is $29.99/month.

All in all, each online course is a much cheaper option than a degree typically runs nowadays.

Below are the 25 hard skills that are most likely to get you hired in 2018, according to LinkedIn: 1. Cloud and distributed computing Coursera

Related Jobs: Platform Engineer ($120,000), Cloud Architect ($135,000)

Getting Started with Cloud Computing, Level 1, 38 lectures, available at Udemy Amazon Web Services: Storage and Data Management, available at LinkedIn Learning Cloud Computing Applications, Part 1: Cloud Systems and Infrastructure, available at Coursera Cloud Architecture: Advanced Concepts, available at LinkedIn Learning Architecting Distributed Cloud Applications, available at edX Cloud Computing Career Paths and Certifications: First Steps, available at LinkedIn Learning

2. Statistical analysis and data mining Udemy

Related Jobs: Business Analyst ($72,000), Data Analyst ($62,000), Statistician ($90,200)

The Essential Elements of Predictive Analytics and Data Mining, available at LinkedIn Learning Data Science Foundations: Fundamentals, available at LinkedIn Learning Practical Predictive Analytics: Models and Methods, available at Coursera Learning SQL Programming, available at LinkedIn Learning Predictive Analytics, available at edX

3. Middleware and integration software Lynda

Related Jobs: IT Manager ($95,000), Systems Integration Engineer ($98,000)

The Complete ASP.NET MVC 5 Course, available at Udemy ASP.NET Core: Middleware, available at LinkedIn Learning Learn API Documentation with JSON and XML, available at LinkedIn Learning JavaScript and JSON: Integration Techniques, available at LinkedIn Learning

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