According to research from McKinsey, nearly one-third of U.S. workers will need to find new jobs by 2030 in response to rapid advancements in technology. These advancements mean that workers need to constantly be learning new skills.
"To be successful, every single one of us has to learn new skills — not just once, but throughout our careers," says Melinda Gates.
When it comes to learning a new technical skill, it can be difficult to predict what will be most valuable in the labor market. LinkedIn analyzed hundreds of thousands of job postings in order to determine which skills companies need most in 2019 and found that employers are looking for workers with both soft skills and hard skills.
The job site highlighted 25 technical skills and matched these skills with LinkedIn Learning courses that are free for the month of January. Here are the 25 most in-demand hard skills in 2019:
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Cloud computing was the number one most in-demand hard skill of 2019, according to LinkedIn, followed by artificial intelligence.
According to Paul Petrone, editor of LinkedIn Learning, the list demonstrates a shift in corporate interests, and these highly technical skills "reflect our increasingly digital world."
It makes sense that employers are hungry for workers with technical skills in growing industries like artificial intelligence, but many of the other in-demand hard skills on LinkedIn's list are more counter-intuitive. Journalism was ranked the 17th most in-demand hard skill of 2019, despite signs that jobs in industries like publishing are at risk.
"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," reads LinkedIn's list.
"The future of publishing is much in line with the future of other industries," Nina Garcia, editor-in-chief of Elle told CNBC Make It in 2018. "With every technological shift, our world — and our jobs — get disrupted. I always tell people to pay attention to what's happening now and imagine where we're going. There's a place in the future for all of us, but it is up to each person to recognize that change and figure out how what they are doing now is relevant in the future."
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