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Technology is changing and the workforce is catching up. LinkedIn’s 2020 Emerging Jobs Report shows that AI and data science roles continue to dominate the workforce, as well as engineering and development, which made up 50% of this year’s list. But perhaps the most exciting part was seeing Robotics make the cut for the first time, representative of the $1.2 trillion artificial intelligence industry. 

It’s safe to say that Udacity students are extremely well-equipped to tackle the most sought-after jobs in the workforce. In fact, 9 of the 15 jobs listed by LinkedIn match up with Udacity Nanodegree programs. As the report states, “Artificial intelligence will require the entire workforce to learn new skills, whether it’s to keep up to date with an existing role, or pursuing a new career as a result of automation.” Keeping that in mind, 2020 is the time to start mastering some of the skills required for the jobs of tomorrow. 

Let’s take a look at some of LinkedIn’s 2020 emerging jobs and how they compare to Udacity’s Nanodegree programs.

Udacity prepares students for LinkedIn's 2020 emerging jobs

Artificial Intelligence Specialist 

AI and machine learning have grown tremendously over the last 4 years––74% to be exact. This includes roles like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Engineer. AI specialists research and build products that enable computer vision, natural language processing, and robotics. To do this, AI specialists need programming skills, math, and statistics. Learn more about what you can do with artificial intelligence.  

Udacity offers a range of AI courses including deep learning, machine learning, and more in the School of AI.  

Robotics Engineer

Robotic Engineers that focus on the virtual and physical side are on the rise. Hiring for these roles have grown 40% annually. The industries looking for this talent spans everything from information technology to financial services to automotive. Robotics engineers need to have strong math and physics skills, and many end up building experiences in computer science, product design, and mechanical engineering. 

Udacity’s Robotics Software Engineer Nanodegree program helps students acquire the core robotics software engineering skills so they can break into this emerging field.

Data Scientist 

This is the 3rd year that data science has made LinkedIn’s list, and for good reason. This role continues to grow across multiple industries, including in the academic field. Data scientists combine skills in computer science, statistics, and business to leverage data to solve business problems. To break into the field, you’ll need to know a programing language, statistics and math, and have a dose of curiosity.  

Udacity offers multiple courses to help students hone their data science and analytical skills, including the Data Scientist Nanodegree program.

Full Stack Engineer

Full stack engineers have been growing 35% annually. They’re staples in almost every type of business. Since these developers focus on the interactivity of a website, they are pros at programming with HTML, CSS, and Javascript. ..

Udacity’s Full Stack Nanodegree program helps students develop powerful modern web applications that form the foundation for the apps, websites, and systems that people and businesses use every day.

Site Reliability Engineer

With 34% growth annually, demand for this role is only sure to increase as long as we rely on technology. And it’s no surprise why––these engineers make sure the apps we use everyday are up and running. These roles require familiarity with AWS, Ansible, Kubernetes, and other cloud services, meaning this role is very similar to Full Stack and Cloud engineering roles.

Learn how to build and deploy full-stock apps at scale with Udacity’s Cloud Developer Nanodegree program. 

Data Engineer 

Today, data is everything. Data Engineers are in demand across every industry as they lay the foundation of the new world of Big Data. Demand for this role has increased by 35% since 2015 and Amazon Web Services (AWS) has become one of the top skills held by Data Engineers. Other skills needed include building and managing data warehouses, and technologies like Hadoop, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB. 

Udacity’s Data Engineer Nanodegree program teaches students how to build production-ready data infrastructure, preparing them for a lucrative career. 

Cybersecurity Specialist 

Companies are doubling down on cybersecurity as data breaches continue to plague companies everywhere. Washington DC is taking note and currently has the most open jobs for this role. People interested in cybersecurity should take advantage of Udacity’s free Introduction to Cybersecurity course.

Back End Developer 

This engineering role isn’t slowing down anytime soon as everyone relies on these engineers to build the foundation for their apps and websites. This role has grown  30% annually and has many openings in big cities like the SF Bay Area, New York, and L.A. Back End Developers must have knowledge of server-side languages like Ruby, Python, or Java, and database querying languages like SQL. 

Udacity’s Full Stack Nanodegree program equips learners with the unique skills they need to build database-backed APIs and web applications.

Cloud Engineer

It’s no doubt that cloud computing has transformed industries, enabling them to build products without needing their own servers. This role has grown 27% annually and will likely continue to grow. To become a Cloud Engineer, you’ll need to develip strong programming skills and have the ability to build and massively scale applications using cloud tools like Amazon Web Services.

Tap into this industry and become a Cloud Developer engineer with Udacity’s Cloud Developer Nanodegree program.

We’re pleased to see that Udacity is preparing students for the most in-demand jobs of 2020, setting them up for success in a wide range of industries. As LinkedIn’s 2020 Emerging Jobs Report mentions, “Online learning is here to stay,” and we couldn’t agree more. If you’re interested in tapping into any of these lucrative fields, we encourage you to check out our Nanodegree programs. We’re excited to see what 2020 holds!

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