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Now Hiring Training Supervisors

LinkedIn ranks trainers among the leading in-demand positions and among those with the fastest-growing demand.

The quick, sharp rise of unemployment in 2020 understandably sparked feelings of job insecurity among workers around the world. But despite fickle unemployment figures, there may be a silver lining for talent development practitioners.

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The US unemployment rate skyrocketed from 3.8 percent in February 2020 to 14.4 percent by April. In fact, April's unemployment figures surpassed the peak unemployment rate recorded during the Great Recession. However, LinkedIn data adds context as to how those figures affect job prospects and career opportunities in L&D.

LinkedIn monitors the most in-demand jobs, in-demand remote jobs, and the skills employers are looking for. Months into the pandemic, the company's data shows that filling training positions remains among organizations' leading priorities.

In a June to July 2020 data comparison, training supervisor jobs had the fourth fastest-growing demand. LinkedIn determined that ranking by analyzing the biggest percentage growth in job posts from June to July.

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Further, LinkedIn ranked training supervisor as one of the top 10 most in-demand jobs for August. Other positions included salesperson, registered nurse, software engineer, financial advisor, and project manager. To determine the most in-demand jobs, LinkedIn analyzed the number of job posts from the prior month.

LinkedIn likewise tracks the leading skills that companies are currently hiring for. In August, communication, business management, problem solving, data science, and data storage techniques were the top five.

While those rankings—as well as hiring and unemployment—are subject to fluctuate, the data suggests organizations will continue to rely on training leaders to help workers shore up their skills to meet the demands of the new working world.

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Derrick Thompson is a writer/editor for ATD; [email protected]

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