This past year saw the rise of STEM education in conversations and debates across country like never before — from the classroom, to the boardroom, to the White House, we couldn’t talk enough about the urgent need to develop the great minds of tomorrow through STEM. Even mainstream media publications kept STEM in their headlines and at the center of debate on their sites. TIME magazine’s 2014 Person of the Year is The Ebola Fighters (the passionate and dedicated STEM professionals at the forefront of fighting Ebola and helping its victims).
The recent publication of LinkedIn’s Top 25 Hottest Professional Skills of 2014 (written by LinkedIn’s Content Manager, Maria Ignatova, @mariaignatova) offers intriguing insight on the current state of STEM careers globally, and provides food for thought on what needs to be done to further STEM-education in 2015.
Ignatova explains LinkedIn’s primary goal for producing this year-end assessment (which included reviewing data from over 300 million LinkedIn member profiles worldwide):
“…we thought it would be interesting for both recruiters and candidates to see what were the hottest professional skills on LinkedIn in 2014 – or put in other words, what skills got people hired and kept recruiters searching this past year.“
The results of their research highlighted three significant trends in recruiting and desired professional skills this past year: (1) recruiters are in demand, (2) marketing is back in vogue, and (3) STEM in IN and here to stay so be prepared or get left behind!
“STEM specialties dominate hiring priorities. It’s hard not to notice that most of the skills that made the list are related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).This is a great indicator that this is where you will be focusing in the next year, and that you will have to be quite creative to win talent over from your competitors (and also focus on hiring more women).“
Check out the The 25 Hottest Professional Skills of 2014 below. STEM positions occupy a whopping 18 slots on the list. And, for a more detailed breakdown, flip through the Slideshare presentation below to see how countries like Brazil, Australia, France and Canada (to name a few) stacked up as well.
With this great news (which only underscores the importance and urgency of preparing kids for STEM careers), it’s safe to say, 2014 was the year of STEM!
The 25 Hottest Professional Skills of 2014 (Globally)
1. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining
2. Middleware and Integration Software
3. Storage Systems and Management
4. Network and Information Security
5. SEO/SEM Marketing
6. Business Intelligence
7. Mobile Development
8. Web Architecture and Development Framework
9. Algorithm Design
11. Data Engineering and Data Warehousing
12. Marketing Campaign Management
13. Mac, Linux and Unix Systems
14. User Interface Design
16. Digital and Online Marketing
17. Computer Graphics and Animation
19. Java Development
20. Channel Marketing
21. SAP ERP Systems
22. Integrated Circuit (IC) Design
23. Shell Scripting Languages
24. Game Development
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