The 15 Most In-Demand Jobs of the Year

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It’s no lie that the job market has become increasingly competitive over the last decade, making it harder to land a job after graduation. 

So, if you’re planning your career path, it might not be a bad idea to assess which positions are in high demand at the moment. These jobs are likely to be popular for years to come despite the continuous evolution of technology, so it’s wise to you have the knowledge and skills for at least one of them! 

Without further ado, here are the 15 most wanted jobs in the world, according to LinkedIn’s ‘Jobs on the Rise’ report.

15. eCommerce worker

Average annual salary: $45,500 (£33,090)

Online shopping has predominantly overtaken in-store shopping, mainly due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has made the demand for eCommerce workers extremely high. 

eCommerce is a multifaceted role with various tasks; one day, you could be working on a campaign, and the next, you could be analysing user experience. 

Generally, an eCommerce worker is responsible for the usability of a website, tracking things such as navigation, speed, content and the overall infrastructure of the site. 

14. Professional and personal coach

Average annual salary: $47,000 (£34,180)

In the past few years, the need for professional and personal coaches increased substantially. Depending on your interests, you could become a life coach, helping people navigate important issues that they are facing.

For example, a fitness coach can help people achieve their fitness goals and feel better about themselves. Meanwhile, a career coach can help guide jobseekers, school leavers and graduates, and a business coach can help companies improve and make more informed decisions in the workplace. 

12. Loan officer (tie)

Average annual salary: $48,000 (£34,900)

Loan officers assist customers and businesses in choosing a loan product and applying for it. This could be something like a business loan, a mortgage or a personal loan. They arrange all the paperwork on behalf of the client and liaise with the financial institution to obtain the loan. 

Since many people have been seeking additional financial aid, this job has been on the rise and is one that you can do remotely from the comfort of your own home. 

12. Digital content creator (tie)

Average salary: $48,000 (£34,900)

With social media platforms booming and the rise of yet another platform to create online content - TikTok - it’s only logical that digital content creators would be included on this list. 

Knowing how to scroll through these platforms is one thing, but becoming a digital content creator requires the ability to bring lots of attention to your account. 

You must be creative and familiar with the different platforms and algorithms for each one. You should also have knowledge about digital marketing, basic editing and videography. 

11. Mental health specialist

Average annual salary: $48,500 (£35,270)

In 2020, the demand for mental health specialists grew nearly 24% year-over-year. Since people have been struggling with the effects of a global pandemic, the need for professional mental support has risen dramatically. 

If you’re interested in mental health and wellbeing, you could consider becoming a counsellor or a clinical psychologist. You will spend your time assisting clients dealing with various issues that they may be dealing with, either in a one-on-one or a group setting. 

10. Education professional

Average annual salary: $52,000 (£37,810)

This is a role that will always be in high demand since teachers are needed for all education levels. With an increase in remote learning, private education professionals are also hired to offer one-to-one tuition online

That said, if you prefer higher education, you could obtain a PhD and work in a university setting. It all depends on your interest and the number of years you want to dedicate to your education. 

9. Business development and sales professional

Average annual salary: $62,000 (£45,080)

Since the increase of online sales has gone up, so has the demand for business development and sales professionals. For starters, the need for customer service and sales advisors is higher than ever before, growing more than 45% between 2019 and 2020. To bag this type of role, you won’t need much experience - a good attitude and attention to detail will help you get a foot in the door. 

Moreover, to ensure the business runs smoothly and profitably, many companies require a business development manager. Typical duties will involve lead generation, developing new strategies, and supporting the marketing team while providing specialist advice and training to the business. 

8. Digital marketing professional

Average annual salary: $65,000 (£47,260)

Digital marketing was at the forefront of every business in 2020; whether it’s a retail store, online business or a hospitality establishment - everyone needs to have a brand identity and an online presence, which is where a digital marketing specialist comes in. 

As a digital marketing specialist, you will need to run campaigns, check website traffic and conversions, ensure that the site is SEO-friendly and that it complies with Google policies and optimise the pages using popular keywords. If you already have experience in media relations, you can easily learn how to branch out into digital marketing. 

7. Specialised engineer

Average annual salary: $86,000 (£62,530)

Since every business now requires a website, the need for specialised engineers is also on the rise. Expert professionals are needed to design and develop websites and applications. This includes web developers, full-stack engineers, frontend developers and game developers. 

Depending on your role, you will be responsible for using programming languages to build sites, maintain functionality, implement features and integrate various security measures. 

6. Healthcare supporting staff

Average annual salary: $87,400 (£63,550)

With the rise of coronavirus and the healthcare system maxed out, the need for supporting staff has also risen by 34%. This involves roles such as pharmacy technicians, healthcare assistants, home health workers and dental assistants. 

These roles generally involve admin duties like ushering people into the healthcare unit, offering advice and any aftercare or administering medication. They are the friendly face that a patient is first greeted with. To do well in this role, you will need lots of patience and attention to detail

5. Nurse

Average annual salary: $89,000 (£64,710)

The demand for nurses has been on the rise for a few years now, but following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand has increased further. Nurses are essentially the backbone of the healthcare system. They care for patients with various conditions and assist doctors with more intensive tasks. 

They provide all aftercare following surgery, administer medication, monitor symptoms and alert doctors of anything that needs urgent medical attention. It’s a challenging job that requires plenty of physical stamina. 

4. Workplace diversity expert

Average annual salary: $90,000 (£65,440)

Workplace diversity is a topic that has been heavily discussed over the last couple of years and is something that many organisations are placing a large emphasis on. To eliminate discrimination and ensure fair opportunities are offered to all staff members, companies are hiring workplace diversity experts to analyse their policies and practices and offer additional advice.  

As a workplace diversity expert, you will be expected to provide formal or informational training to a team or an entire organisation. You will also conceptualise new policies and suggest certain concepts that companies can implement to ensure they are a diverse and fair opportunity employer. 

3. UX designer

Average annual salary: $98,000 (£71,250)

A UX designer is predominantly focused on designing the process that facilitates a good user experience at a site. The first research the goals and motives of a user and then put their ideas into motion by designing the site's architecture and wireframes. Once the product has been created, they are responsible for the testing and constant maintenance of the design. 

2. Data science specialist

Average annual salary: $105,000 (£76,340)

Since the world revolves around analysing data and statistics, the role of a data science specialist has also been on the rise. 

In a nutshell, a data scientist will help an organisation solve problems by analysing specific data. They set up testing methods to review infrastructures, test machine learning to analyse user results and offer various solutions. 

1. Artificial intelligence specialist

Average annual salary: $144,000 (£104,710)

Artificial intelligence has been on the rise for some time and is becoming even more popular in 2021. AI specialists work in cognitive stimulation and programme computers to perform tasks as a human would. It’s a niche market that requires trained and experienced professionals to create this human-like functionality. 

To work in this field, you will need to have experience in programming and a degree in data science, mathematics or computer science to be considered for an entry-level role. 

As you can see, the future of the workplace (PDF) is one that involves workers building and maintaining new technologies. This is why these in-demand jobs will remain popular for quite some time! 

Which of these roles would you like to work in? Let us know by leaving a comment in the section below! 

This article is an updated version of an earlier article originally published on 3 March 2017.

Currency conversions are based on rates supplied by on 16 April 2021.