LinkedIn’s Weird Labor Insight: Tech Loves Folks Who Cant Code


George Anders, Contributor

January 30, 2015

If you’re useless at writing computer code, does the tech sector still want to hire you? Yes — big-time — says LinkedIn data scientist Andrew Kritzer, who has just completed a comprehensive analysis of job-hoppers’ moves in 2014.

In a blog post, Kritzer singles out a wide-range of non-technical skills that suddenly have allure for fast-growing digital businesses. For example, he says, Internet companies are snapping up brand-management experts who earned their chops by working in retailing. E-learning companies are hiring people who used to be principals, teachers or school superintendents.

Even online media companies are getting into the act, loading up their payrolls with writers, editors and creative directors who are ready to wave goodbye to old industries such as publishing and broadcasting.

Here’s a chart of the 10 industries that are most aggressive in hiring people who have worked in different fields, according to LinkedIn’s tally. Six of them are in hard-core tech fields, led by Internet companies, which are going outside their domain to carry out 11.8% of their hires. Also prominent are computer and network security, online media, computer software, information services and e-learning.

While tech is the biggest importer of talent from other domains, Linked found a scattering of other industries that like to look outside, too. Among them: venture capital and private equity; staffing and recruiting, management consulting and investment banking.

This article was written by George Anders from Forbes and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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