Data Mining (and Statistical Analysis) is LinkedIn Hottest Skill in 2014

Data Mining was LinkedIn Hottest Skill in 2014, moving up from number 5 in 2013. Top locations for "data mining" skill were US, India, Australia, and Canada, while top companies were IBM, Microsoft, Google, and Accenture.

By Gregory Piatetsky, @kdnuggets, Dec 18, 2014.

LinkedIn has unique resources for answering a question

"Who's getting hired and what are they doing?"

They analyzed the skills and experience for over 300 million LinkedIn member profiles. The result is the list of 25 Hottest Skills in 2014:

25 Hottest Skills in 2014

I was pleased to see that the top skill is "Statistical Analysis and Data Mining", although I was surprised they did not call it Data Science.

Related skills were also ranked highly:
  • #6: Business Intelligence
  • #10: Perl/Python/Ruby
  • #11: Data Engineering and Data Warehousing

Last year, the top 2013 LinkedIn skill was Social Media Marketing, with Statistical Analysis and Data Mining ranked at #5, and Perl/Python/Ruby at #4.

In 2011 I examined LinkedIn Skills including a LinkedIn list of top data mining professionals at the time.

This functionality does not seem to be present now (perhaps it is part of LinkedIn Premium?), but LinkedIn search for "Data Mining" finds 585,000 results, including members, companies, etc.

The top 5 members I see are
  • Charlie Berger, Sr. Director, Product Management, Data Mining and Advanced Analytics at Oracle
  • Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro (myself), Analytics/Data Mining Expert, KDnuggets President
  • Zijian Zheng, Partner Dev Manager of Bing Data Mining Team, Microsoft
  • Soundararajan Srinivasan, Senior Manager - Engineering at Robert Bosch LLC
  • Jia (Jason) Xin, Pre-sales, Advanced Analytics & Solutions; HPA & machine learning spearhead; statistician AND data scientist

They are all my 1st connections, so you may see different results.

The top locations for "Data Mining" are
  • US, 222,628 members
  • India, 44,355
  • Australia, 42121
  • Canada, 33,954
  • UK, 28,579

Top companies with "data mining" skills were
  • IBM, 3752
  • Microsoft, 3347
  • Google, 2456
  • Accenture, 2424

Of course, "data mining" is in English, and for completeness, one needs to search in different languages, especially in German, Chinese, and French, but it is gratifying to see "Data Mining" as the most-demanded job skill in 2014.

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