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The Hottest Skill That Got People Hired in 2013 is "Programming"

LinkedIn took a look at the skills and employment history of over 259 million members to determine what the most popular skills were this year. 10 of the listed 25 top skills, can be described with one base skill: **Programming**.

Hottest 25 Skills of 2013

LinkedIn took a look at the skills and employment history of over 259 million members to determine what the most popular skills were this year.

10 of the listed 25 top skills, can be described with one base skill: Programming

Those 10 are (with their ranking):

  • #2 Mobile Development
  • #3 Cloud and Distributed Computing
  • #4 Perl/Python/Ruby
  • #12 Data Engineering and Data Warehousing
  • #13 Web Programming
  • #14 Algorithm Design
  • #15 Database Management Software
  • #17 C/C++
  • #18 Middleware and Integration Software
  • #19 Java Development

In 2010, there were 913,000 U.S. jobs for software developers, a number expected to grow by 30% from 2012 to 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. By comparison, the BLS forecasts growth in all U.S. jobs of just 14%.

2014 is just around the corner, and if you are not a programming, a new year’s resolution of learning how to code has never been easier, or cheaper!

There are many free online DIY learning providers: Code.org, Codecademy, Khan Academy, Code School.

Or If you are looking for something a bit more involved, paid online courses are also available: Code Fllows, Tree House.

Be sure to check Meetup.com for any local coding meetup and courses as well.

If you are in Toronto, start by looking at: Ladies Learning Code and Bitmaker Labs where I volunteer my time to help mentor students through their courses and workshops.