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The skills you need for 49 in-demand and popular jobs

Hands up who still find themselves thinking, ‘when I grow up I want to be…’, despite being an adult and well into their working life? Guilty as charged! But, after your dream job, the next best thing is probably finding a job that’s popular or in-demand. 

Popular jobs are popular for a reason! They’re fulfilling, they pay well, they’ll help you progress, give you security – there’s too many reasons to list. And if you want any chance of getting one then it’s helpful to know the skills you need to do that job well. That’s what potential employers are looking for, after all.

How do we know which skills you need?

Great question! If you were thinking that then you’ll probably have the analytical and critical skills needed for a few of these roles. 

Joking aside, in HowNow, we collect and analyse over 500,000 job roles to help people understand in-demand skills. They use this insight to benchmark their team’s talent, understand the skill gap and close it by developing their people.

Armed with all that data, we matched it up with the 5 lists below to guide you through the skills needed for 49 in-demand and popular jobs.

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The skills needed for the most in-demand jobs
The skills needed for the most in-demand remote jobs
The skills needed for the UK’s best-paid jobs
The skills needed for the most popular graduate jobs
The skills needed for the most popular Millennial jobs

The skills needed for the most in-demand jobs

Signs of the pandemic’s impact are evident in LinkedIn’s list of in-demand jobs, released in August 2020. Retail roles dominate the list in various forms, while the inclusion of Nurse and Financial Advisor hint at the cash and care crises caused by COVID.

Salesperson

Sales, English, Customer Service, Customer Satisfaction, Written Communication, Training, Television, Telecommunications, Telco, Supervisory Skills, Smartphones, Screens, Sales Process, Salary, Private Healthcare, Payment Card Processing, Organization Skills, Negotiation, Jewelry, Healthcare

Food Delivery Driver

Truck, Service Delivery, Professional Driving, Policies & Procedures, Job Satisfaction, Inspection, Forklift Operation, DOT Regulations, Customer Service, CDL Class B, CDL, Accident

Registered Nurse

Nursing, Education, Medicine, Medical-Surgical, Travel, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Patient Care, Organization Skills, Operating Room, Home Care, Delegation, Compassion, Communication, Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Working With Children, Ventilators, Thinking Skills, Telecommunications, Teamwork

Software Engineer

Software Development, JavaScript, C++, Python (Programming Language), Amazon Web Services (AWS), Java, Design, Node.js, Analytical Skills, Agile Methodologies, React.js, Microservices, Kubernetes, Docker Products, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Problem Solving, Engineering, C#, Business, SQL

Store Associate

Customer Service, Sales, Store Management, Merchandising, Leadership, Communication, Visual Merchandising, Organization Skills, Customer Experience, Retail, Management, Training & Development, Supervisory Skills, Skilled Multi-tasker, Retail Sales, Coaching, Cash Handling, Product Knowledge, Problem Solving, In-store Marketing

Cashier

Sales, Store Management, Management, Customer Service, Sales Performance, Customer Satisfaction, Customer Experience, Training & Development, Staff Training, Operations Management, Leadership, Training, Merchandising, Visual Direction, Teamwork, Team Spirit, Team Leadership, Tactics, Swift (Programming Language), Supervisory Skills

Financial Advisor 

Finance, Financial Planning, Financial Advisory, Business, Financial Services, Sales, Marketing, Investments, Insurance, Retirement Planning, Investment Advisory Services, Interpersonal Skills, Financial Goals, Leadership, Business Development, Subsidiaries, P&C, Gemini, Financial Support, FINRA

Stock Clerk

Warehouse Operations, Warehouse Management Systems, Problem Solving, Logistics Management, Warehouse Control, Leadership, Forklift Operation, Communication, Analytical Skills, Troubleshooting, Supervisory Skills, Packing, Microsoft Excel, Inventory Management, Inventory Control, English, Customer Service, Continuous Improvement, Computer Literacy, Wrapping

Training Supervisor

Training, Training & Development, Analytical Skills, Business, Communication, Presentation Skills, Human Resources (HR), Sales, Coaching, Project Management, Problem Solving, Interpersonal Skills, Leadership, Design, Presentations, Learning Management, Training Delivery, Strategy, Microsoft Office, Instructional Design

Project Manager

Project Management, Communication, Project Plans, Problem Solving, Budgeting, Analytical Skills, Negotiation, Customer Satisfaction, Business, Engineering, Written Communication, Project Delivery, Interpersonal Communication, English, Consulting, Microsoft Office, Leadership, Presentation Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Computer Literacy

The skills needed for the most in-demand remote jobs

Will we all look back on 2020 as the rise of remote working in a few years? Possibly. Employees and employers are realising that commuting time and fixed office space might not be the best use of their resources, and so the number of remote roles is growing. 

LinkedIn’s list of in-demand jobs highlights 10 popular roles that you don’t need to do in person, with software positions leading the way – they make up four of the top five.

Software Engineer

Software Development, JavaScript, C++, Python (Programming Language), Amazon Web Services (AWS), Java, Design, Node.js, Analytical Skills, Agile Methodologies, React.js, Microservices, Kubernetes, Docker Products, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Problem Solving, Engineering, C#, Business, SQL

Software Architect

Software Architecture, Software Development, Architecture, Analytical Skills, Design, Microservices, JavaScript, C++, C#, Java, SQL, Microsoft Azure, Kubernetes, English, Computer Science, Problem Solving, Engineering, Amazon Web Services (AWS), .NET Framework, Technical Leadership

DevOps Engineer

Product Development, Design, Engineering, Analytical Skills, Problem Solving, Manufacturing, English, Software Development, Project Management, Medical Devices, SolidWorks, Research and Development (R&D), Computer Science, Communication, Business, Test Automation, Risk Management, Research, Reliability, React.js

Account Manager

Account Management, Sales, Communication, Business, Marketing, English, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Business Development, Project Management, Analytical Skills, Negotiation, Sales Process, Problem Solving, Campaigns, Advertising, Relationship Building, Microsoft Excel, Management, Customer Service, Consultative Selling

Back End Developer

Software Development, JavaScript, C#, SQL, Java, Computer Science, Analytical Skills, .NET Framework, Model-View-Controller (MVC), Amazon Web Services (AWS), Problem Solving, Microservices, Design, ASP.NET, TypeScript, Microsoft Azure, Continuous Integration, Communication, C++, Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)

Project Manager

Project Management, Communication, Project Plans, Problem Solving, Budgeting, Analytical Skills, Negotiation, Customer Satisfaction, Business, Engineering, Written Communication, Project Delivery, Interpersonal Communication, English, Consulting, Microsoft Office, Leadership, Presentation Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Computer Literacy

Account Executive

Sales, Communication, Marketing, Business, Sales Process, Qualifying Prospects, Business-to-Business (B2B), Account Management, Negotiation, English, Written Communication, Sales Management, Microsoft Office, Customer Satisfaction, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Advertising, Travel, Social Media, Sales & Marketing, Project Management

Sales Manager

Sales, Sales Management, Business, Negotiation, Communication, Business Development, Sales Process, Sales & Marketing, Leadership, English, Account Management, Sales Strategy, Analytical Skills, Marketing, Management, Interpersonal Skills, Coaching, Software as a Service (SaaS), New Business Opportunities, Customer Service

Sales Development Representative

Sales, Business, Communication, Sales Process, Customer Service, Marketing, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Outside Sales, Negotiation, Business Development, English, Sales Management, Sales & Marketing, Business-to-Business (B2B), Analytical Skills, Sales Strategy, Written Communication, Relationship Building, Microsoft Office, Interpersonal Skills

Full Stack Engineer 

Full-Stack Development, Stack, JavaScript, Java, SQL, AngularJS, React.js, Node.js, .NET Framework, NoSQL, Front-end Development, C#, Microservices, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Python (Programming Language), Software Development, Kubernetes, Design, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Analytical Skills

The skills needed for the UK’s best-paid jobs 

You know one of those parties where everyone’s a stranger and you all get onto the topic of work? The list of 10 jobs below would make for one hell of an interesting conversation! We’d love to be a fly on the wall for that – although that didn’t make the list of best-paying positions, so maybe we’d rather be a Geologist or Airline Pilot…

Give A Grad A Go compiled this list using their own data and insights from Glassdoor.

Attorney

Litigation, Law, Writing, Research, Personal Injury Law, Legal Writing, Communication, Resume, Motions, Analytical Skills, Salary, Negotiation, Business, Legal Issues, Insurance, Defense, Court Appearances, Civil Litigation, Legal Research, Injury

Director of Operations

Leadership, Analytical Skills, Business, Communication, Problem Solving, Budgeting, Customer Service, Management, Operations Management, Finance, Project Management, Supply Chain Management, Customer Satisfaction, Business Operations, Written Communication, Presentation Skills, Organization Skills, Interpersonal Skills, English, Supervisory Skills

Marketing Director

Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Digital Marketing, Campaigns, Social Media, Marketing Analytics, Leadership, Communication, Analytical Skills, Strategy, Sales, Ad Serving, Business-to-Business (B2B), Customer Acquisition, Social Media Marketing, Problem Solving, Marketing Campaigns, Content Marketing, Business, Brand Management

General Practitioner

Medicine, Healthcare, Communication, Patient Care, Working with Physicians, Family Medicine, Oncology, Travel, Training, Research, Rehabilitation, Recruiting, Primary Care Physicians, Pediatrics, Occupational Medicine, Occupational Health, Medical-Surgical, Medical Office, Medical Management, Medical History

Geologist 

Geotechnical Engineering, Geology, Analytical Skills, Investigation, Engineering, Subsurface Investigations, Geological Mapping, Field Work, Communication, Written Communication, Slope Stability, Research, Report Preparation, Remediation, Problem Solving, Petrel, Mining, Microsoft Office, Construction, Sampling

Recruitment Consultant

Recruiting, Sales, Business, Business Development, Communication, English, Negotiation, Consulting, Technical Recruiting, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), 360 Recruitment, Training & Development, Sourcing, Networking, Interviewing, Relationship Building, Marketing, Human Resources (HR), Training, Social Media

Creative Director

Art Direction, Design, Marketing, Leadership, Communication, Campaigns, Branding, Graphic Design, Advertising, Creative Strategy, Social Media, English, User Experience (UX), Strategy, Presentations, Adobe Photoshop, Problem Solving, Presentation Skills, Creative Concept Design, Budgeting

Investment Banker

Investment Banking, Banking, Analytical Skills, Finance, Presentations, Communication, English, Accounting, Financial Analysis, Wealth Management, Valuation, Sales, Private Banking, Financial Modeling, Management, Microsoft Excel, Written Communication, Marketing Materials, Interpersonal Skills, Industry Research

Airline Pilot

Piloting, Aviation, Customer Service, Airlines, Word Processing, Skilled Multi-tasker, Reliability, Regulatory Requirements, Occupational Health, Instrument Rating, Information Seeking, IFR, ICAO, Flight Training, FAA, English, Education, Diversity, Customer Satisfaction, Continuous Improvement

Data Scientist

Data Science, Analytical Skills, Machine Learning, Data Mining, Python (Programming Language), Data Analytics, Analytics, SQL, Mathematics, English, Data Visualization, Data Analysis, Apache Spark, Problem Solving, Deep Learning, Big Data, Statistical Modeling, R, Computer Science, Natural Language

The skills needed for the most popular graduate jobs 

It’s the only US-based list in our guide, but the UK graduate research was lacking if we’re honest – so perhaps in-demand job number 50 is Researcher of Most Popular University Graduate Positions. 

However, what gives this list from Business News Daily more kudos for its relevance is that we’ve already seen several of these jobs in the first 30 on our list.

Software engineer

Software Development, JavaScript, C++, Python (Programming Language), Amazon Web Services (AWS), Java, Design, Node.js, Analytical Skills, Agile Methodologies, React.js, Microservices, Kubernetes, Docker Products, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Problem Solving, Engineering, C#, Business, SQL

Registered Nurse

Nursing, Education, Medicine, Medical-Surgical, Travel, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Patient Care, Organization Skills, Operating Room, Home Care, Delegation, Compassion, Communication, Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Working With Children, Ventilators, Thinking Skills, Telecommunications, Teamwork

Salesperson

Sales, English, Customer Service, Customer Satisfaction, Written Communication, Training, Television, Telecommunications, Telco, Supervisory Skills, Smartphones, Screens, Sales Process, Salary, Private Healthcare, Payment Card Processing, Organization Skills, Negotiation, Jewelry, Healthcare

Teacher

Teaching, English, Education, Special Education, Curriculum, English Teaching, Communication, Teacher Training, IEP, English Literature, Charter Schools, Training, Public Education, Educational Philosophy, Diversity, Data Analysis, Analytical Skills, Tech-savvy, TESOL, Spanish

Accountant

Accounting, General Ledger, Analytical Skills, Ledger, Balance Sheet, Account Reconciliation, Finance, U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Microsoft Excel, Journal Entries, Communication, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Financial Reporting, Monthly Close Process, German Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Financial Accounting, English, Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Value-Added Tax (VAT), Problem Solving

Project manager

Project Management, Communication, Project Plans, Problem Solving, Budgeting, Analytical Skills, Negotiation, Customer Satisfaction, Business, Engineering, Written Communication, Project Delivery, Interpersonal Communication, English, Consulting, Microsoft Office, Leadership, Presentation Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Computer Literacy

Administrative assistant

Administrative Assistance, Communication, Microsoft Office, Customer Service, Microsoft Excel, Administration, Organization Skills, Written Communication, Travel Arrangements, Microsoft Outlook, Data Entry, Skilled Multi-tasker, Problem Solving, Office Equipment, English, Travel, Office Administration, Typing, Microsoft PowerPoint, Calendars

Account executive

Sales, Communication, Marketing, Business, Sales Process, Qualifying Prospects, Business-to-Business (B2B), Account Management, Negotiation, English, Written Communication, Sales Management, Microsoft Office, Customer Satisfaction, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Advertising, Travel, Social Media, Sales & Marketing, Project Management

Financial analyst

Finance, Analytical Skills, Financial Analysis, Microsoft Excel, Accounting, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Business, Financial Systems, Management Accounting, Forecasting, Decision-Making, Budgeting, Communication, Reporting Requirements, Presentations, Interpersonal Skills, Financial Reporting, Financial Planning, Financial Modeling

Account manager

Account Management, Sales, Communication, Business, Marketing, English, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Business Development, Project Management, Analytical Skills, Negotiation, Sales Process, Problem Solving, Campaigns, Advertising, Relationship Building, Microsoft Excel, Management, Customer Service, Consultative Selling

The skills needed for the most popular Millennial jobs

We’ll swerve the lazy stereotyping and puns about Millenials. Because, if you look at their most popular jobs, it’s an eclectic list that leaves you questioning whether it’s a group that you can just lump together. From creative roles to number crunching, and helping everyone from medical patients to thirsty cocktail-cravers, this list from Monster is a cracker.  

Statisticians

Analytical Skills, Data Analytics, Data Analysis, SAS, Programming, Data Science, Statistics, Statistical Programming, SAS Programming, Analytics, Written Communication, Data Visualization, Business, Datasets, Computer Science, Communication, Clinical Development, Biostatistics, Visualization, Statistical Modeling

Bartenders

Bartending, Customer Service, Hospitality, User Personas, Special Events, Sales, Relationship Building, Receptions, Public Relations, Project Management, Private Events, Outside Sales, Longevity, Inside Sales, High-growth, High Energy Level, Galas, Food & Beverage, Flexible Schedule, Executive Administrative Assistance

Financial analysts

Finance, Analytical Skills, Financial Analysis, Microsoft Excel, Accounting, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Business, Financial Systems, Management Accounting, Forecasting, Decision-Making, Budgeting, Communication, Reporting Requirements, Presentations, Interpersonal Skills, Financial Reporting, Financial Planning, Financial Modeling

Advertising and promotions managers

Marketing, Digital Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Campaigns, Social Media, Communication, Analytical Skills, Marketing Campaigns, Business, Advertising, Strategy, Marketing Analytics, English, Written Communication, Sales, Product Marketing, Content Marketing, Ad Serving, Online Marketing, Microsoft Excel

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

Paramedic, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Patient Care, Communication, Medicine, Ambulance, Education, EMT, Dentistry, Basic Life Support (BLS), Written Communication, U.S. National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), Sterilization, Rescue, Prehospital Care, PEPP, Healthcare, Firefighting, Customer Service

Physician assistants

Patient Care, Medicine, Working with Physicians, Nursing, Healthcare, Urgent Care, Emergency Medicine, Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Education, Surgery, Primary Care, Nurse Practitioners, Treatment Planning, DEA, Communication, Quality Patient Care, Family Medicine, Training, Pediatrics

Web developers

Front-end Development, JavaScript, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Web Development, React.js, Design, HTML, Web Design, Web Applications, Responsive Web Design, User Interface Design, User Experience (UX), E-commerce, AngularJS, Amazon Web Services (AWS), TypeScript, Software Development, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Node.js, HTML5

Market research analysts and marketing specialists

Analytical Skills, Market Research, Research, Data Analytics, Business Insights, Research Projects, Problem Solving, Microsoft Excel, Communication, Analytics, Secondary Research, Project Management, Microsoft PowerPoint, Marketing, Data Analysis, Quantitative Research, Presentations, English, Business, Microsoft Office

Television, video, and motion picture camera operators and editors

Editing, Camera Operation, Video Editing, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, Camera, Animation, After Effects, Videography, Video Production, Social Media, On Location, Multimedia, Microsoft Office, Live Production, Flexible Schedule, Film, Design, Content Marketing, Adobe Photoshop

 

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