These Are The Top Business Skills Of The Year

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This time of year, just about every major Internet service puts out some kind of look back at 2014. The search engines reveal the top trending searches of the year. The music streaming/download services reveal the hottest tunes. The social media services reveal additional insights.

Few of these services, however, reveal information as potentially useful as this one. LinkedIn has revealed the top skills that are actually resulting in people getting hired. LinkedIn is a unique service in this way, and gives us a glimpse of what businesses have been on the lookout for.

What are the top skills your business is on the lookout for? Are they on the list? Let us know in the comments.

The top skill perhaps isn't all that surprising, but does emphasize just how important businesses consider data these days. Take a look at the top 25.

To come up with the list, LinkedIn analyzed skills and experience data in over 330 million LinkedIn member profiles. The company says if your skills fit one of these categories, there’s a good chance you either started a new job or garnered interest from a recruiter this year.

LinkedIn also broke some lists out country by country:

Beyond data LinkedIn points out that science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills made up the majority of the top 25 list across various countries. Mechanical, electrical, and materials engineering were also big.

LinkedIn has actually focused a great deal on helping people find the right jobs and helping businesses find the right hires this year. Sure, this is a pretty standard part of the professional network, but the company has released a pretty significant amount of features and information related to this part of business in 2014.

They recently made profiles more user-friendly, which should encourage members to keep them better up to date. They also made some changes to the homepage, and started offering an "add to profile" button for certifications. Another feature shows why people viewed your profile. That's just to name a few.

This recent LinkedIn talk looks at how to target the best candidates before your competition does.

Earlier this year, they shared this infographic looking at what makes the "perfect" profile:

And this one looking at the state of student recruiting:

Are you surprised by any of the top skills on LinkedIn's list? Please discuss.

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Chris Crum

Chris Crum has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network of B2B Publications since 2003. Follow Chris on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, on Pinterest and/or on Google: +Chris Crum.