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The HOTTEST job titles that didn't exist 5 years ago

January 13, 2014 11:49 IST

The HOTTEST job titles that didn't exist 5 years ago

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Leading social networking site LinkedIn had examined the data of over 259 million members' profiles to determine the top 10 most popular job titles that were non existent in 2008.

On Tuesday, January 7, Apple Inc had announced that their customers spent over $10 billion in the App Store in 2013. Of that, over $1 billion was spent in December alone.

Through app economy Apple's total jobs creation figure has grown to 5,98,500 in the US.

Meanwhile, Indian app development market has surpassed $227 million in 2012.

Rewind back to 10 or 15 years and the job market didn't look anything like what it has become today.

We bring you data that has been published by LinkedIn about the jobs that didn't exist five years ago but currently are the hottest job titles in the market.

Who had heard about the iPhone App Developer or who knew what Zumba Academy licensed instructors were?

Yet a substantial portion of the current working population earns their livelihood doing a job that didn't exist a decade ago.

LinkedIn had examined the data of over 259 million members' profiles on its portal to draw up a list of the Top 10 most popular job titles that were nowhere to be found in 2008.

Read on to know what they are and how they've emerged popular over the years.

1. The iOS Developer

Apple announced the iPhone in 2007 and third party development for iOS took off in 2008 with the release of iOS 2 and the App Store.

2008: 89

2013: 12,634

Growth rate: 142 times in five years

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2. The Android Developer

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Google's Andoid platform was also announced in 2007 with the release of the first Android powered handset in 2008.

2008: 53

2013: 10,554

Growth rate: 199 times in five years


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3. The Zumba Instructor

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Zumba started in the early 2000's and quickly gained traction in 2007 as fitness centres started popping up all over the US.

2008: 16

2013: 6331

Growth rate: 396 times in five years


Photographs: Courtesy Zumba Fitness' Facebook page

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4. The social media intern

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LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter were all founded between 2003 and 2006.

These networks really started hitting their stride after 2008 and are currently at peak popularity. Not a shocker that this is a surging profession.

2008: 25

2013: 4350

Growth rate: 174 times in five years


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5. The Data Scientist

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Our digital lives have created an overwhelming flood of information.

In the last five years, data scientists have come to the rescue by trying to make sense of it all.

2008: 142

2013: 4,326

Growth rate: 30 times in five years


Photographs: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

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6. The UI/UX designer

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User interface and user experience designers focus on making our technology pleasant and intuitive to use.

Seeing as our lives depend on interacting with technology, it's no small wonder UI/UX designers are in hot demand.

2008: 159

2013: 3,509

Growth rate: 22 times in five years


Photographs: Reuters
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7. The Big Data architect

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Although it's been around for at least two decades, the concept of big data took off around 2008.

That year, the Computing Community Consortium published a white paper which propelled the term into the limelight.

2008: 0

2013: 3,440

Growth rate: 3,440 times in five years


Photographs: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

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8. The Beachbody Coach

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Beachbody coaches are distributors of fitness products produced by Beachbody LLC, the most famous of which is P90X, launched in 2004.

2008: 0

2013: 3,360

Growth rate: 3,360 times in five years


Photographs: Courtesy Beachbody's Facebook page

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9. The Cloud Services Specialist

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Salesforce.com and Amazon were the two companies that introduced cloud computing to businesses throughout the early 2000s.

The stark contrast in the number of jobs shows how popular and reliable cloud services have become.

2008: 195

2013: 3,314

Growth rate: 17 times in five years


Photographs: Reuters

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10. The Digital Marketing Specialist

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Social media and digital marketing have become significant facets of many businesses (and we're pretty glad that's the case!)

2008: 166

2013: 2,886

Growth rate: 17 times in five years


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