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LinkedIn says these are the most promising career paths for 2017

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When it comes to finding the perfect job, there are lots of factors to consider; the hours, the bonuses, the commute, the work-life balance…

But, on the whole, there are two things we’re all searching for; a wage that acknowledges all of the hard work we put in, and an opportunity to progress, flourish, and thrive on our chosen career path.

So LinkedIn, in a bid to help, have taken a moment to rank the most promising career paths of 2017.


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The career networking site has listed a whopping 20 jobs, each of which has an eye-wateringly high median salary, and strong job openings.

Perhaps even more excitingly, however, is the fact that each of the jobs on the list has been chosen because they are very likely to lead to a job promotion or an advancement within an organisation.

All of which makes it ideal reading for anyone thinking of changing jobs this year, in our opinion.

Scroll through the list to find a career path to suit you…


1. Hospitalist

Median Base Salary:  £175,619
Job Openings (YoY Growth): 1,000+ (87%)
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 6.0
Top Skills: Healthcare Management, Inpatient Care, Electronic Medical Record, Patient Safety, Internal Medicine


2. Pharmacist

Median Base Salary: £97,302
Job Openings (YoY Growth): 3,300+ (45%)
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 5.0
Top Skills: Medication Therapy Management,Community Pharmacy,Patient Counselling,Pharmacy Automation,Immunisation


3. Sales Engineer

Hospitalists, pharamcists, and sales engineers were dubbed the most 'promising' careers of 2017

Hospitalists, pharamcists, and sales engineers were dubbed the most 'promising' careers of 2017

Median Base Salary:  £63,286
Job Openings (YoY Growth): 3,000+ (159%)
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 6.0
Top Skills: Solution Selling, Sales Management, Project Engineering, Automation, Sales Engineering


4. Site Reliability Engineer

Median Base Salary:  £110,750
Job Openings (YoY Growth): 300+ (93%)
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 8.0
Top Skills: Linux, Python, Bash, Apache, Shell Scripting



5. Product Manager

Median Base Salary: £77,129
Job Openings (YoY Growth): 3,000+ (11%)
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 8.0
Top Skills: Product Development, Competitive Analysis, Product Launch, Cross-Functional Team Leadership, Marketing Strategy


6. Financial Analyst

Median Base Salary: £50,628
Job Openings (YoY Growth): 2,500+ (27%)
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 8.0
Top Skills: Accounting, Microsoft Excel, Financial Modeling, Variance Analysis,Forecasting



7. Technical Program Manager

Would you consider a career change in 2017?

Would you consider a career change in 2017?

Median Base Salary: £102,048
Job Openings (YoY Growth): 500+ (49%)
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 8.0
Top Skills: Agile Methodologies, Software Project Management, Software Development Life Cycle, Scrum, Cloud Computing


8. Program Manager

Median Base Salary: £77,050
Job Openings (YoY Growth): 2,300+ (17%)
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 7.0
Top Skills: Project Management, Project Portfolio Management, Project Delivery, Vendor Management, Business Process Improvement


9. Data Engineer

Median Base Salary: £83,063 
Job Openings (YoY Growth): 900+ (85%)
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 8.0
Top Skills: Hadoop, Python, SQL, Big Data,Hive



10. Scrum Master

Median Base Salary: £79,107
Job Openings (YoY Growth): 400+ (104%)
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 8.0
Top Skills: Agile Methodologies, Software Project Management, Scrum, Requirements Analysis, SQL


11. Software Engineer

Median Base Salary: £74,361
 Job Openings (YoY Growth): 10,000+ (13%)
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 6.0
Top Skills: Java, C++, SQL, Linux, XML


12. Clinical Nurse

Retraining as a clinical nurse is a great idea, according to LinkedIn

Retraining as a clinical nurse is a great idea, according to LinkedIn

Median Base Salary: £59,884
Job Openings (YoY Growth): 3,300+ (77%)
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 6.0
Top Skills: Patient Safety, Hospitals, Critical Care, Inpatient Care, Acute Care


13. Physician Assistant

Median Base Salary: £82,271
Job Openings (YoY Growth): 2,800+ (37%)
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 4.0
Top Skills: Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basic Life Support, Electronic Medical Record, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine


14. Business Analyst

Median Base Salary: £55,375
Job Openings (YoY Growth): 3,000+ (20%)
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 8.0
Top Skills: Requirements Analysis, Business Requirements, Software Development Life Cycle, User Acceptance Testing



15. Tax Manager

Median Base Salary: £81,480
Job Openings (YoY Growth): 1,000+ (52%)
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 6.0
Top Skills: Income Tax, Corporate Tax, Tax Accounting, International Tax, Tax Advisory


16. Data Architect

LinkedIn have revealed the skills needed to get into each of the 'most promising' professions

LinkedIn have revealed the skills needed to get into each of the 'most promising' professions

Median Base Salary: £96,511
Job Openings (YoY Growth): 500+ (26%)
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 6.0
Top Skills: Data warehousing, Data modelling, ETL (Extract, Transform, Load), Business Intelligence, Databases


17. Anaesthetist

Median Base Salary: £123,407
Job Openings (YoY Growth): 400+ (148%)
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 4.0
Top Skills: Critical Care, Anaesthesia, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Intensive Care, Hospitals



18. Analytics Manager

Median Base Salary: £86,227
Job Openings (YoY Growth): 400+ (49%)
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 8.0
Top Skills: Data Analysis, SAS, Business Intelligence, Data Mining, Predictive Analytics


19. Customer Success Manager

Do you have excellent customer service skills?

Do you have excellent customer service skills?

Median Base Salary: £56,957
Job Openings (YoY Growth): 350+ (85%)
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 10.0
Top Skills: Account Management, CRM, Salesforce.com, SaaS, Enterprise Software


20. Medical Director

Median Base Salary: £181,947
Job Openings (YoY Growth): 1000+ (3%)
Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 6.0
Top Skills: Medicine, Clinical Research, Healthcare Management, Healthcare Information Technology, Electronic Medical Record


Hmm. There’s no denying that they’re all pretty specialist, but, if you’re tempted to jump ship and pursue a brand-new career for 2017, it’s well worth upcycling your CV.

And, with nearly 400 million professionals in more than 200 countries gathering in one place online, setting up a good LinkedIn profile should be the first thing on every businesswoman’s to-do list.

When used correctly, it can help your career to flourish – but it’s worth remembering that LinkedIn is so much more than just a social media account: it’s a tool. And copying and pasting half-heartedly from your CV will only unlock a fraction of its potential.

From personalising your headline, to searching for your very own career mentor, LinkedIn’s Head of Global Consumer Communications Darain Faraz recently shared his top tips on how to make your profile work just as hard as you do.

Check them all out here.

 

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