Tech Jobs That Didn’t Exist Five Years Ago [Infographic]

Tech Jobs That Didn’t Exist Five Years Ago [Infographic]

LinkedIn has assembled a list of 10 jobs that have risen from obscurity to prominence over the last five years. Unsurprisingly, eight of the those roles are tech-related.

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LinkedIn compiled the list by analysing the frequency of phrases in 259 million member profiles, and comparing those with its (undoubtedly much smaller) archive of profiles in 2008. In many cases, the specialisation is what makes the difference: developer is hardly a new role, but iOS and Android developer are:

  • iOS Developer
  • Android Developer
  • Zumba Instructor
  • Social Media Intern
  • Data Scientist
  • UI/UX Designer
  • Big Data Architect
  • Beachbody Coach
  • Cloud Services Specialist
  • Digital Marketing Specialist

Strangely, the two non-tech roles are both in fitness (though I still struggle to consider “beachbody instructor” a real career).

Check out the details of how each title has risen in prominence in the infographic below.



    • Robb,
      the interesting thing is, its not zero either.

      The growth is being expressed as Num Jobs in 2013 / Num Jobs in 2008, not one times the other as you’ve written

      so, 3440/0 is technically undefined rather than the 0 that you posited.

      Putting all mathematical pedantry aside, I think we know what they mean

  • Hmm, UI designers have been around a lot longer than 5 years. Every video game made after say the 16 bit era would have had some kind of dedicated UI designer on board (prior to that, the UI was probably designed by one of the other devs). The internet as we know it today has also been around for about 15 years. Hell every operating system made after Windows 95 probably had multiple UI designers.

    • Thought that one was a little shady to put on there.

      As well as iOS/Android Developer.

      Sure, jobs *by that exact title* may not have existed, but it’s a developer role all the same.

    • Yes but these job titles didn’t have buzzwords attached to them. I’m surprised there wasn’t ‘Synergize Specialist’

  • I like it how you post those little grammar articles just seething with pretentious judgement, then do stuff like put “didn’t exist” in the title, when what you clearly mean is “were uncommon”.

    Not that you care what I or anyone else thinks.. But all hypocrites should be aware that they are as such (I know I am).

  • Most of these have been around for a long time, they (the jobs) have just been dismantled and broken up into sub roles and then given gen y titles too make them seem more exciting than they are. See Sandwitch/Juice Artists in the hospitality industry. Gen Yers love important titles hence the change which makes mundine jobs seem like exciting prospects.

    UX/UI designers have always been around and feel under being a game designer or web designer.

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