The 10 Most In-Demand Tech Skills — You Can Learn Them for Free This Week!

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Want to make more money? You have two options:

A) Whine to your Facebook friends, hairdresser and husband. And keep getting paid the same amount.

B) Gain skills or education that will help you get promoted or change careers.

Yes, A is easy — but B is far more effective.

And thanks to LinkedIn’s Week of Learning, which means FREE online courses for all, you have no more excuses.

So which skills are employers looking for?

LinkedIn analyzed all the recruiting activity that occurred on the platform since January 2016 —  here are the results.

The 10 Most Sought-After Job Skills

Big surprise: They’re all technical…  

  1. Cloud and Distributed Computing
  1. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining
  1. Mobile Development
  1. Storage Systems and Management
  1. User Interface Design
  1. Network and Information Security
  1. Middleware and Integration Software
  1. Web Architecture and Development Framework
  1. Algorithm Design
  1. Java Development

“While some skills expire every couple of years, our data strongly suggests that tech skills will still be needed for years to come, in every industry,” adds LinkedIn Career Expert Catherine Fisher.

“Now is a great time for professionals to acquire the skills they need to be more marketable.”

So, if you want to increase your income or futureproof your career, it’s time to get with the program(ming) — and up your technical skills.

One easy way? Take an online course.

LinkedIn Learning offers more than 5,000 courses, and they’re all free from now until Oct. 30.

You can learn the in-demand tech skills listed above, or choose a course in another discipline like customer service, writing or marketing.

Because learning beats whining. Every time.

Your Turn: Will you take advantage of this deal?

Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.

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