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Blockchain leads top 10 in-demand job skills list: LinkedIn

The category did not even make the list last year; now it’s at the top, beating out cloud computing and artificial intelligence.

If you are a blockchain developer looking for a job this year, chances are very good you’ll find one. 

According to a new study by LinkedIn Learning,  blockchain knowledge topped the list of the 10 most in-demand “hard skills” that companies are looking for in 2020.

That’s impressive, given blockchain skills weren’t even on a similar list by LinkedIn Learning last year. It means companies have been making a far bigger investment in the technology. 

“For the first time this year, blockchain not only made the list of top skills, but topped it—highlighting an increasing awareness and demand for the wider applications of this skill,” the professional networking site’s subsidiary said in a blog post. 

It added that the “small supply of professionals who have this skill are in high demand.”

The need for blockchain skills was so prolific this year, it beat out analytical reasoning, user experience—or UX—design, and even artificial intelligence. That suggests what’s hot and what’s not in the job market will continue to evolve rapidly, according to the post.

Creativity, persuasion, and collaboration were at the top of LinkedIn Learning’s “soft skills” list. 

The top 10

It’s worth noting that four of the top five entries on the full list of “hard skills” were computing related.  They were:

  1. Blockchain
  2. Cloud Computing
  3. Analytical Reasoning
  4. Artificial Intelligence
  5. UX Design
  6. Business Analysis
  7. Affiliate Marketing
  8. Sales
  9. Scientific Computing
  10. Video Production

LinkedIn Learning didn’t offer a firm definition of what a “blockchain” skill was. Presumably, it referred to anything in the field, including developers and engineers. 

LinkedIn said it created the list using data from its network of over 660 million professionals and 20 million job listings. Only cities with 100,000 LinkedIn members were included, the firm said. 

Amy Castor has more than 20 years' experience in journalism. Her work on crypto and blockchain has appeared in consumer and trade publications throughout the U.S., including CoinDesk, Forbes, Bitcoin Magazine, and The Block.