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The Skills Companies Need Most in 2019 – And How to Learn Them

by Paul Petrone

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It turns out that professionals are keenly interested in learning new skills (which makes us deliriously happy). And learning tends to spike in January, as people start the year focused on building new habits.

 

But here’s the challenge: there are at least 50,000 professional skills in the world, according to LinkedIn data. 50,000!

 

If you’re like us, you probably have time to learn a few skills this month. That begs the question: of those 50,000 skills you could potentially learn, which should you learn today to help you stand out all year?

 

To find out, we used exclusive LinkedIn data to determine the skills companies need most in 2019. These are the skills your boss and your boss’s boss find most valuable, but have a hard time finding – and the skills that’ll most help you better serve your clients and customers.

 

So consider this post your guide to the skills most worth learning in 2019.

 

The Soft Skills Companies Need Most in 2019

 

Strengthening a soft skill is one of the best investments you can make in your career, as they never go out of style. Plus, the rise of AI is only making soft skills increasingly important, as they are precisely the type of skills robots can’t automate.

 

That’s why 57% of senior leaders today say soft skills are more important than hard skills.

 

What are the soft skills companies are looking for most in 2019? They are:

 

 1. Creativity

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: While robots are great at optimizing old ideas, organizations most need creative employees who can conceive the solutions of tomorrow.

Recommended CoursesCreativity BootcampThe Five-Step Creative ProcessCreativity: Generate Ideas in Greater Quantity and Quality

 

2. Persuasion

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: Having a great product, a great platform or a great concept is one thing, but the key is persuading people to buy into it.

Recommended CoursesPersuading OthersBecoming A Thought LeaderAdvanced Consumer Behavior

 

3. Collaboration

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: As projects grow increasingly more complex and global in the age of AI, effective collaboration only grows more important.

Recommended CoursesCollaboration Principles and ProcessBeing an Effective Team MemberBusiness Collaboration in the Modern Workplace

 

4. Adaptability

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: An adaptable mind is an essential tool for navigating today’s ever-changing world, as yesterday’s solutions won’t solve tomorrow’s problems.

Recommended CoursesStrategic AgilityDeveloping Adaptable EmployeesDeveloping Adaptability as a Manager

 

5. Time Management

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: A timeless skill, mastering time management today will serve you the rest of your career.

Recommended CoursesTony Schwartz on Managing Your Energy for Sustainable High PerformanceFinding Your Time Management StyleTime Management for Managers

 

 

The Hard Skills Companies Need Most in 2019

 

The skills on this list reflect the impact of our increasingly digital world. Yes, that means a spike in cloud computing and AI, but it also means a spike in improving that digital experience (i.e. UX Design, web development, etc.).

Digital is also giving new uses for skills – for example, there’s increased demand for audio production. This was a skill formerly needed for radio production; today, it’s used for producing podcasts and digital ads.

 

Here are the hard skills companies need most in 2019, according to LinkedIn data:

 

1. Cloud Computing

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: As the world rushes toward the cloud, companies are desperately searching for engineers who have the skills to accommodate this demand.

Recommended CoursesLearning Cloud Computing: NetworkingLearning Amazon Web Services (AWS) for DevelopersAWS for Architects: Advanced Security

 

2. Artificial Intelligence

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: Its official — the Age of AI is here.

Recommended CoursesArtificial Intelligence Foundations: Neural NetworksArtificial Intelligence Foundations: Machine LearningMachine Learning and AI Foundations: Classification Modeling

 

3. Analytical Reasoning

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: As they collect more data than ever before, companies are hungry for professionals who can make smart decisions based off of it.

Recommended CoursesMaking DecisionsDecision Making StrategiesExecutive Decision Making

 

4. People Management

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: The world has changed from a “command-and-control” model toward leaders who can coach and empower, a difficult skillset few professionals possess.

Recommended CoursesMotivating and Engaging EmployeesManaging Team ConflictLeading with Purpose

 

5. UX Design

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: UX design is the key to making a digital world work for humans.

Recommended CoursesUX Foundations: Multidevice DesignUX Design: 01 OverviewUX Research for Agile Teams

 

6. Mobile Application Development

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: A skill that’s been in-demand for several years as companies continue to design mobile-first platforms.

Recommended CoursesReact Native Essential TrainingiOS 12 Development Essential Training: 1 Fundamental, UI, and ArchitectureiOS 12 Development Essential Training: 2 Web Content, Views, and Distribution

 

7. Video Production

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: Demand for video production is spiking as video streaming represents 70 percent of all consumer Internet traffic.

Recommended CoursesFoundations of Video: The Art of EditingVideo Foundations: Cameras and ShootingWeb Video for Business: Creating a Web Series

 

8. Sales Leadership

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: Sales is one of those skills that’s always in-demand, and great sales leaders are only becoming harder and harder to find.

Recommended CoursesSales CoachingSales Management FoundationsSales: Data-Driven Sales Management

 

9. Translation

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: We are more connected globally than ever before, with translation skills breaking down one of the last remaining barriers: language.

Recommended CoursesCommunicating Across CulturesDeveloping Cross-Cultural IntelligenceInDesign: Multilingual Publishing Strategies

 

10. Audio Production

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: Similar to video, there’s been a spike in interest in podcasts and other audio digital formats recently, leading to increased demand for this skill.

Recommended CoursesDigital Audio FoundationsAudio Recording TechniquesTips & Tricks for Modern Producers

 

11. Natural Language Processing

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: The technology behind Alexa and Google Home, everything from our cars to our light bulbs are now becoming voice-activated.

Recommended CoursesArtificial Intelligence Foundations: Thinking MachinesCreating Bots with the Microsoft Bot Framework, Part 2NLP with Python for Machine Learning Essential Training

 

12. Scientific Computing

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: Scientific computing is generally used to solve problems with massive amounts of data to consider – a need as companies continue to collect more and more data.

Recommended CoursesMatlab Essential TrainingScala Essential Training for Data ScienceData Science Foundations: Python Scientific Stack

 

13. Game Development

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: In yet another sign of providing a better experience for digital users, the demand for those who can develop compelling online games remains strong.

Recommended Courses2D Game Design and Development Essential TrainingCareers in the Game IndustryC# for Unity Game Development

 

14. Social Media Marketing

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: Social media continues to be a popular way to communicate with others digitally, as new platforms disrupt the market.

Recommended CoursesB2B Foundations: Social Media MarketingMarketing on InstagramSocial Media Marketing: Social CRM

 

15. Animation

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: No surprise to see animation on the list, considering the surge of video traffic and the increasing prevalence of the GIF.

Recommended CoursesAnimation Foundations: FundamentalsAnimation Foundations: GestureMaya 2018: Bifröst Fluids

 

16. Business Analysis

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: Similar to data-driven decision making, more and more companies are relying on analysts to help them guide strategic investments.

Recommended CoursesBusiness Analysis FoundationsAgile Requirements FoundationsLearning Digital Business Analysis

 

17. Journalism

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: Once a dwindling skill, journalism isn’t just for journalists anymore as marketing and content teams alike vie for people who can tell compelling stories.

Recommended CoursesNinja Writing: The Four Levels of Writing MasteryShane Snow on StorytellingEditing Mastery: How to Edit Writing to Perfection

 

18. Digital Marketing

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: With the rise of digital, it’s no surprise to see digital marketing as the most in-demand marketing skill on the list.

Recommended CoursesMarketing TipsBrand and Marketing IntegrationMarketing Foundations: Growth Hacking

 

19. Industrial Design

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: The demand for those who can design something that is both practical and eloquent will never go away.

Recommended CoursesIndustrial Design FoundationsDesign Foundations: Prototyping and ManufacturingProduct Design: From Sketch to CAD

 

20. Competitive Strategies

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: Virtually all companies are facing increased competition, with organizations starved for people who can help them stay abreast and ahead of their competitors.

Recommended CoursesDeveloping a Competitive StrategyBusiness Development Foundations: Researching Market and Customer NeedsBusiness Development Foundations

 

21. Customer Service Systems

 

Why it matters, in one sentence: In a world where one bad experience can lead to a tweet the whole world sees, consistent customer service is increasingly paramount.

Recommended CoursesHandling Abusive CustomersCustomer Service in Your First Retail JobBuilding Rapport with Customers

 

 

Article written by Paul Petrone and originally published on linkedin.com