LinkedIn Claims Flutter is Fastest Growing Skill For Software Engineers
Written by Sue Gee   
Tuesday, 02 April 2019

Less than two years after the Flutter SQK was released by Google, it tops the list of LinkedIn's Fastest Growing Skills Among Software Engineers.

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This finding, which was reported in a recent post on the LinkedIn Learning Blog, seems somewhat unlikely and raises more questions. How did Linked in come to this conclusion? What is it to LinkedIn anyway?

The methodology reported LinkedIn is that the fastest growing skills were:

determined by ranking the growth rates of members in the selected occupations claiming the skill in the past 12 months.

So Flutter coming top could be because there were only a small number of LinkedIn members identifying as software engineers claimed to know Flutter a year ago and now many more of them do. 

Addressing my second question provides another reason. The post is intended to promote LinkedIn Learning which offers a  course Learning Google Flutter for Mobile Developers, which reports 6746 learners and 235 likes. At beginner level it requires one and a helf hours of effort. An alternative popular resource for learning Flutter is Udacity's free course from Google at intermediate level, which is part of the learning path for the Android Developer Nanodegree program.

Android design comes in as the second fastest growing skill for Software Engineers and the recommended LinkedIn Learning course for this is Android Development: Modern Android UI Design Elements, with nearly 3 hours of content.

The remaining three items on the software engineer's list are:

  • NUXT.JS
  • Continuous Integration and Development
  • Angular Material 

Linked in also provided a list of the fastest-growing soft skills among software engineering managers:  

  • People Management
  • Leadership
  • Team Management
  • Team Building
  • Strategic Planning

Yet another list discloses the fastest-growing skills among CEOs of software companies: 

  • Blockchain
  • Cryptocurrency
  • React.JS
  • Docker Products
  • Front-End Development

There are recommended courses for all of these skills, courtesy of Lynda.com, the online learning platform which LinkedIn acquired in 2015. With a total of 13,000 courses, LinkedIn Learning has a subscription model - $29.99 (or $299.88 per annum) after a free 1 month trial. Businesses, government agencies and higher education institutions can also purchase training  and noting that for many of the recommended courses viewers work at IBM, Cognizant, Amazon and in some cases the US Army, suggests that workplace learning is important for LinkedIn Learning.

One thing that is clear from surveys of software developers, they like learning new skills. Easily-accessible material that is respected in a professional context, LinkedIn Learning probably is an attractive way to add a skill like Flutter, or a soft skill like People Management, to your resume.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 April 2019 )