Job Seekers Interested in Blockchain, Marijuana Employment in 2017

Queries for ‘no experience required’ beat out all others this year

Roy Maurer By Roy Maurer December 27, 2017
Job Seekers Interested in Blockchain, Marijuana Employment in 2017

U.S. job seekers showed a strong interest in working with blockchain technology, in hurricane cleanup and for the budding cannabis industry in 2017, but the largest spike in growth over the year was for the search term "no experience required," according to global job search engine Indeed.

The company's data science team analyzed hundreds of thousands of search terms to identify dramatic changes in search traffic in 2017 from the previous year.

Searching for jobs that required no experience grew 1,140 percent in the U.S. over the last year, beating interest for technology-focused jobs (up 467 percent) and flexible jobs (up 385 percent).

"Recent developments in automation and marginalized workers looking for work in other fields could be playing a part in the increased interest in roles that require little to no experience this year," said Paul Wolfe, Indeed's senior vice president of HR. "Marginalized workers seeking to enter a strengthening labor market represent a set of people out there interested in finding full-time roles that don't have strict requirements. Automation can certainly be another factor here, as it has become a more common theme in the job market this year."

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Job Searches Follow National Trends

Queries for contractor, cleanup and construction work in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma in August and September increased searches for "hurricane relief" in 2017 by 682 percent above the previous year.

Job searches involving "cannabis" and "marijuana" grew 401 percent as more states have voted to legalize the drug, creating thousands of new jobs in the process.

In still another reflection of the times, job seeker interest also grew in searches for employment mentioning "blockchain," "bitcoin" or "cryptocurrency." Indeed has seen a 1,065 percent growth in searches for jobs mentioning these terms since November 2015. Examples include roles such as cryptocurrency analysts, developers and traders; and bitcoin developers.  

Employers that searched or contacted candidates with bitcoin or blockchain skills in the past two years included Allstate, Capital One, ESPN, GEICO, Uber and eBay, according to Indeed.

Tech Skills in Demand

"Cloud computing" and "React" were the tech-related searches with the fastest growth rates since 2015, according to job seeker searches. The terms also ranked high in employer resume searches.

React—which had the highest spike in search activity—is a JavaScript library used to create interfaces in applications, maintained primarily by Facebook, explained Daniel Culbertson, an economist at the Indeed Hiring Lab. "This technology is growing explosively. Its use [as a search term] by employers more than tripled. That shows how rapidly React is gaining popularity among consumer-facing technology companies and how vital proficiency in it is for front-end developers."

Meanwhile cloud computing continues to grow in great strides. Two cloud computing services—Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Azure—round out the top three searches on the job seeker side and also posted double-digit gains on the employer side. "Cloud is gaining because businesses of all stripes are boosting their use of offsite computing and storage, and that's making experienced cloud developers a must-have for many employers," Culbertson said.

The fifth ranked search term for tech job seekers really stood out—Mandarin, the official spoken and written language in China and Taiwan.

"The rise of Mandarin as a job seeker search term illustrates the impact the world's second largest economy is having on the U.S. tech industry," Culbertson said. "The most popular tech job postings clicked after using Mandarin as a search term were for product developers, language analysts and customer support specialists. However, Mandarin's growth as a search term was not mirrored on the employer side. It lost considerable ground in the resume search database."

U.S. Most Popular Destination for Job Search Worldwide

The United States attracted the highest percentage of job seekers from other countries, according to data recorded between April and September 2017 by Indeed, which operates in 60 countries.

Of all the job searches conducted by Indeed users for employment beyond their own borders, 37 percent were for opportunities within the United States. That's up 8 percent over 2016.

The second most popular destination for professionals looking for work abroad in 2017 was the United Kingdom (10.52 percent of all such searches), followed by Canada (6.89 percent).

Israel led the list of surveyed countries that attracted the least attention from global job seekers (0.05 percent), followed by Venezuela (0.06 percent) and Greece (0.08 percent).

Oman was the country with the highest percentage of job seekers looking for work abroad, with 58 percent of job seekers using Indeed looking for work outside the country. Behind Oman, job seekers in Kuwait and Venezuela focused a large portion of their job searches on employment abroad—slightly more than 47 percent for both.

Japan was the most insular in 2017 when it comes to job searches beyond its borders, with only 0.7 percent of all searches conducted on Indeed aimed at opportunities abroad, followed by Brazil with 2.7 percent and the United States with only 3 percent of searches focused abroad.

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