The 10 Technical Skills With Explosive Growth In Job Demand


By: Jeff Kauflin

seem to change every month. If you work as a data scientist or engineer, the tools you use don’t change quite so quickly, but can shift every few years. Bentley University commissioned a study to find which business skills are growing in demand. By looking at millions of job listings posted on more than 40,000 online job sites, jobs analytics firm Burning Glass determined which skills saw the biggest increases in demand when comparing 2011 to 2015.

In this post we’re revealing the top ten technical skills. They’re ranked by how often they appeared in job descriptions. The categories in parenthesis show the type of job where the increases took place.

Technical Skills With The Biggest Increases In Demand:

1. Big Data (Information Technology): 3,977%

2. Node.js (Design): 2,493%

3. Tableau (Research and Analysis): 1,581%

4. NoSQL (Information Technology): 1,002%

5. Apache Hadoop (Information Technology): 704%

6. HTML5 (Information Technology): 612%

7. Python (Research and Analysis): 456%

8. Oracle (Sales): 382%

9. JSON (Information Technology): 318%

10. Salesforce CRM (Sales): 292%

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Mangi Tshikomba is a technology entrepreneur, Founder & CEO of Things Technologies and founding editor of He is a OYW Ambassador, Queens Young Leader and Brightest Young Minds Alumni. He holds BSc(Hon) Civil Engineering from Wits University, Jhb and Leadership Certificate from certificate from Cambridge University, UK. His interests are in Entrepreneurship, EdTech and Early Childhood Development (ECD).