The Most In-Demand Jobs Right Now In 2022

Even if there are rising worries about an economic recession, the job market is still healthy. Even while hiring rates are higher than they were before COVID in many sectors and nations, it is still advisable to plan for increased ambiguity. 

One activity will be crucial for businesses in either scenario, regardless of how the economy performs: learning and development (L&D). Upskilling current employees can produce an internal talent pipeline for otherwise difficult-to-fill positions, regardless of whether hiring remains exceedingly competitive or headcount budgets start to run out.

Perhaps this explains why, more than any other profession on LinkedIn worldwide, demand for training supervisors increased by almost 5 times in recent months. Between April 1 and June 30, 2022, the number of paid job postings for training supervisors increased by +374% (or 4.7x). 

Are you eager to learn (and grow) more? Continue reading to learn the complete rankings of the jobs with the highest demand and the jobs with the fastest-growing demand. To assist talent professionals in managing expectations, informing hiring choices, and comprehending the shifting nature of the talent market, this story is updated every three months.

Jobs with rapidly growing demand in recent months: training supervisors, physical therapists, and delivery drivers

Investing more in L&D can be a smart move if you’re looking to reduce high turnover rates or “create” talent internally rather than “purchase” it from outside personnel. 

Upskilling your workers could aid in improving retention because employees whose abilities aren’t being used to their full potential are 10x more likely to hunt for a new job. And if you’re having trouble filling the most sought-after positions, it might be more practical to expand your team internally. 

A nearly 5-fold increase in job postings for training supervisors may imply that firms are trying to hedge their risks by placing a wager on L&D given the current state of the economy.

Jobs with the fastest-growing demand on LinkedIn

Roles with the greatest increase in LinkedIn job posts, Q1 2022 (January 1 – March 31) vs. Q2 2022 (April 1 – June 30)

  1. Training Supervisor +4.7x more job posts in Q2 2022 vs. Q1 2022
  2. Patient Service Representative +3.9x
  3. Physical Therapist +3.6x 
  4. Distribution Specialist +3.2x
  5. Delivery Driver +3.2x
  6. Office Coordinator +3.2x 
  7. Pediatric Nurse +3.2x 
  8. Kitchen Staff +3.1x
  9. Oracle Specialist +2.9x 
  10. Brand Representative +2.5x 

Patient service representatives and physical therapists saw demand increases of almost 4x and over 3.5x, respectively, making them two of the top three roles with the fastest-growing demand in the healthcare industry. 

As a result of loosened pandemic limitations and a spike in elective procedures, several physical therapy clinics report being overrun with new appointments. This has resulted in a substantial increase in demand for physical therapists. 

And while the pandemic has been difficult for almost everyone, burnout has been particularly damaging for healthcare personnel. If you’re having trouble finding or keeping this talent, investing in childcare benefits could be very beneficial. A recent poll of healthcare workers identified childcare issues as an acute driver of burnout. 

Frontline personnel still see strong spikes in hiring demand, particularly for logistics roles like distribution specialists and delivery drivers.  

It’s difficult to determine if this is because delivery services are becoming more and more popular generally or because employers are finding it difficult to find and keep this staff. There are conflicting clues about how the workers themselves feel across the board: A recent survey of 14,000 delivery drivers in Japan found that 64% of them were happy with their jobs and that more than 80% planned to stay in them for a while. However, a recent report from South Korea paints a much grimmer picture for delivery workers who are dealing with stagnant pay and rising costs. 

According to a recent McKinsey poll of frontline workers, other frontline employees are also advocating for greater compensation and more training opportunities, such as kitchen personnel, whose demand increased by more than three times in recent months.

Most in-demand jobs overall remain largely unchanged: engineers, nurses, and salespeople are still highly competitive talent pools

The most sought-after positions have remained largely unchanged throughout the pandemic. Before the epidemic, software engineers and salespeople consistently topped these lists, and new LinkedIn data shows that these roles receive more InMails from recruiters than other jobs.

Jobs with the most demand overall

Roles with the greatest number of LinkedIn job posts, Q2 2022 (April 1 – June 30)

  1. Software Engineer (no change in rank vs. previous quarter)
  2. Registered Nurse (+2)
  3. Javascript Developer (-1)
  4. Salesperson (-1)
  5. Java Software Engineer (no change)
  6. Project Manager (no change)
  7. Delivery Driver (+10)
  8. DevOps Engineer (-1)
  9. Full Stack Engineer (-1)
  10. Customer Service Representative (+7)

On the other hand, the high demand for nurses is probably brought on by the above-discussed exceptionally high levels of burnout among healthcare professionals. In a recent poll of more than 2,500 nurses conducted in the United States, it was discovered that 50% of the respondents had been physically or verbally abused by patients or their relatives. 

This necessitates a change in how employers view nursing professionals (not to mention their patients). In a recent opinion post, nurse Kara Yates describes the issue in no uncertain terms: “Support nurses as we demand significant pay increases to entice nurses to remain in or enter the field. Because it is a calling, many of us chose to become nurses. Because of the way nursing is now structured, many of us have been devalued as humans.”

Final thoughts

Talent professionals can anticipate staying busy in 2022, whether they’re focused on maintaining current employees or luring new prospects to join their firms, as the tight labor market has shown few indications of relaxin

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