Career starters show high interest in analytics, design and programming: LinkedIn data

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Design, analytics and programming are among the top areas where fresh graduates can find jobs relatively easily because of fast-growing companies, according to an analysis of LinkedIn data.The social media platform has become a critical tool for many fresh graduates to find connections and jobs, especially as campus placements remain muted even at some of the most prestigious colleges.

Roles such as software engineer, systems engineer, programming analyst are among the top jobs. Design engineer is also in high demand. Other non-tech roles are evolving in community and social services, legal, marketing, media and communication. Similar growth can also be seen in sectors such as education and human resources.

The fastest growing job functions last year for bachelor’s degree holders included product management, human resources, military and protective services, and consulting. This year’s data from LinkedIn shows a growing consciousness towards societal impact and community welfare. So bachelor’s and master’s degree holders are looking at roles in community and social services organisations.

Degree level Top roles
Bachelor’s degree holders Community and Social Services

Legal

Marketing

Media and Communication

Program and Project Management

Master’s degree holder Community and Social Services

Marketing

Healthcare Services

Legal

Military and Protective Services

Non-bachelor’s degree holders Education

Human Resources

Marketing

Media and Communication

Business Development

“Entering a tight job market can be tough, especially at the start of a career journey,” says Nirajita Banerjee, LinkedIn Career Expert & India Senior Managing Editor. “Staying updated on industry trends and in-demand jobs, and exploring roles that might not seem obvious at first, can widen options. Many skills today are transferable across industries, and the rise of AI is creating more tech-related roles across various fields, leading companies to seek professionals with diverse educational backgrounds. These hiring trends reflect broader economic patterns like those in the energy sector. To expand their horizons, job seekers must keep strengthening their skills and networking with professionals.”

Job titles that are in demand

Some of the specific job titles for bachelor’s degree holders are development associate, placement coordinator, artificial intelligence engineer, development officer, technical service engineer. Master’s degree holders can get titles such as system associate, clinical psychologist and social media manager. Interestingly, one of the fastest growing industries for those with bachelor’s degrees was utilities.

Meanwhile, purely onsite roles declined by 15% and hybrid roles saw a 52% increase over the year, for graduates. This provides a different environment for graduates than what their seniors might have seen a few years ago.

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