AI-, data-driven titles top LinkedIn's 2017 emerging jobs report

Tech-focused jobs have the most "growth potential" of any career category, with demand from a wide range of companies in various sectors, according to a LinkedIn report released Dec. 7.

For the "2017 U.S. Emerging Jobs Report," researchers analyzed LinkedIn data from the last five years to identify which jobs and skills are on the rise. The "emerging jobs" descriptor refers to job titles that experienced the largest growth in frequency since 2012.

Six of the top 10 emerging jobs involved tech skills, including machine learning engineer, which ranked as the overall No. 1 emerging job. The other five jobs included data scientist (No. 2), big data developer (No. 5), full stack engineer (No. 6), director of data science (No. 8) and full stack developer (No. 10).

Demand for data scientist roles has grown more than 650 percent during the past five years. However, many of these tech skills are in short supply. Only 35,000 people in the U.S. say they possess data science skills, while hundreds of companies are seeking applicants with such traits, according to the report.

The LinkedIn report also highlighted "future-proofing" skills as a critical concern for job seekers. "Some of these emerging skills didn't even exist five years ago, and many professionals are not confident their current skill set will be relevant within the next one to two years," the report reads.

To access the LinkedIn report, click here.

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