2020 US Job Tends

Data and artificial intelligence continue to make a strong showing in (LinkedIn U.S. Emerging Jobs Report) Emerging Jobs Report, but roles across sales and health care also took spots. Here are the top job trends from this year’s list.

Data science is booming and starting to replace legacy roles. Unsurprisingly, data science is a field that is seeing continued growth on a tremendous scale, but our data shows data scientists may be augmenting responsibilities traditionally done by statisticians as some industries, like insurance, gear up for the future.

Increased insurance coverage for mental health is driving up demand for behavioral health professionals. Since 2015, hiring growth for behavioral health technicians has grown 32% on average year over year. This is also one of the only jobs on this year’s list that doesn’t require a 4-year degree.

It’s never a bad time to be an engineer. Engineering isn’t a new profession by any means, but engineering roles across the board are still seeing tremendous growth. More than 50% of this year’s list was made up of roles related to engineering or development, with the emerging field of robotics appearing for the first time.

Online learning is here to stay. The multibillion-dollar e-learning industry is taking off, and it’s staffing up to prepare. LinkedIn data shows the industry is snapping up both sales and tech talent, indicating continued customer demand for these types of solutions.

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The future of the tech industry relies heavily on people skills. A few roles represented in this report–product owner, customer success specialist, and sales development representative - are in high demand within the tech industry. The future of things like Software as a Service (SaaS), a $278 billion dollar industry, will rely on people skills (which can’t be automated) successfully complementing new technologies.

Smart(er) cars are coming. The automotive industry is hiring for AI talent in the form of robotics engineers, data scientists, and artificial intelligence specialists. In the race to build the first self-driving car, investment in this type of talent is a clear indicator that smart transportation is part of the next wave of AI innovation.

Remote work becomes mainstream. Previously considered a “perk,” remote work is quickly becoming a priority for many. More than 40% of millennials, who now make up the largest generation in the workforce, say flexibility to work from anywhere is a priority when evaluating job opportunities. And companies are taking note; Amazon, CVS Health, and American Express all boast a significant number of remote work opportunities.

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