2020 Emerging US Jobs Report by LinkedIN


Intro by Guy Berger, Principal Economist

I’m excited to present the third annual LinkedIn U.S. Emerging Jobs Report, shining a spotlight on jobs experiencing tremendous growth and examining what these trends mean for the workforce. Using LinkedIn data, we’re able to identify the top 15 jobs that have emerged over the last five years, as well as the skills uniquely associated with them, and insights into the industries and cities hiring this emerging workforce.

In this year’s report, artificial intelligence and data science roles continue to proliferate across nearly every industry. Robotics, an emerging sector of the $1.2 trillion artificial intelligence industry, has also made its first appearance in this report. Blockchain Developer didn’t return, which may not come as a surprise given the rapid decline in popularity of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. So what does this mean for you?

At this stage, most of the workforce doesn’t work in the emerging field of artificial intelligence, but that doesn’t mean it won’t impact everyone. Artificial intelligence will require the entire workforce to learn new skills, whether it’s to keep up to date with an existing role, or pursuing a new career as a result of automation. By sharing insights about the types of roles being impacted most by rapid change, we want to make sure professionals and companies are able to prepare for the new world of work. Continue reading to learn more about LinkedIn’s 2020 Emerging Jobs.

2020 U.S. Job Trends

Data and artificial intelligence continue to make a strong showing in our 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. 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.