blue puzzle piecesJob-matching service TheLadders recently announced its findings from a new study, which detailed how professional jobs have evolved over the past five years. Using information from its more than 6 million members and 60,000 employers, the company analyzed 1) key words and phrases that job seekers use to search for jobs and 2) a company’s word usage in job postings. The results showed that middle-management jobs are quickly becoming unpopular.

According to the data, the growth rate of titles that contain the word “manager” is 25 percent lower than average growth rate. Similarly, the growth rate for titles containing the word “director” is 50 percent lower than average. Also, less than 2 percent of titles within the top 10 percent of growing jobs contain the word “manager” or “director.”

Shifting from management, today’s fastest-growing jobs require specific skills in the STEM areas—science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A whopping 70 percent of today’s booming jobs come from the technology industry, a jump that can be attributed to today’s current wave of technological advances like Apple and Android devices.

Below are the fastest-growing job titles on TheLadders from 2008 through 2013:

  • Dev Ops Engineer
  • iOS Developer
  • Data Scientist
  • UX Designer
  • Staff Accountant
  • Paralegal
  • UI Developer
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Android Developer
  • Business Intelligence Developer

“In examining job growth over the past five years, there is an undeniable demand for developers and analysts who possess unique expertise within the burgeoning STEM industries,” said Shankar Mishra, vice president of data science & analytics for TheLadders. “On the opposite end of the spectrum, once-coveted management jobs are rapidly declining, revealing a trend that high-earning professionals are not necessarily on a management track, nor do they desire to be.”



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