Top 10 Job Titles That Didn’t Exist 5 Years Ago

January 14, 2014 at 6:17 AM by Jordan Taylor


LinkedIn Talent Solutions posted an awesome infographic on their blog to highlight some fascinating job title, and workplace, changes since 2008.

“We examined the data of over 259 million members’ profiles to determine the top 10 most popular job titles that were nowhere to be found in 2008.”

This evolution of the workplace is fueled by the growth of new expertise roles in domains like technology and fitness. What do we find interesting about the changes? Growth in technology job titles presents both opportunities and challenges for tech recruiters.


Recruiting specialized tech talent requires strong research skills, hard work, and forward thinking. As a recruiter in this space, how do you feel about keeping up these swift changes? One of the main challenges is that this data reflects real world positions—but it also, to a degree, represents how people choose to define their work. Engaging with prospective candidates means truly understanding the larger context of their work and how it’s meaningful to them. So as new positions continue to flourish, you’ll have more homework to do. You’ll have to step further into the mind of multi-skilled workers who navigate ever-changing work environments.

Is there a silver lining in this mushrooming tech cloud?

Since some of the these job aren’t entirely new—they’re partly rebrands or a melting pot of pre-existing skills—an opportunity to specialize for these new positions presents itself. The future is uncertain, but since this data reflects a five year process, you can take your chances with the power of prediction: start guessing where these recombinations and novelties will occur next, while staying ahead of the game by steadily updating your knowledge.

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