What are the top resume keywords for trending jobs in tech? Photo by WOCinTech

According to LinkedIn, the top 10 trending jobs going into 2018 are Machine Learning Engineer, Data Scientist, Sales Development Representative, Customer Success Manager, Big Data Developer, Full-Stack Engineer, Unity Developer, Director of Data Science, Brand Partner, and Full-Stack Developer.

By running current job listings through Jobscan’s resume matching tool and cross-referencing the results against Jobscan’s database of job descriptions, we’ve produced the top 20 hard skills and resume keywords for each of these emerging positions.

Optimize your resume and LinkedIn profile with these top keywords to get a leg up when applying for competitive trending jobs. This will help get you past an applicant tracking system or rank higher in a recruiter’s search.

Top Resume Keywords for Machine Learning Engineer

Tech companies amass unfathomable amounts of data that cannot be efficiently processed and analyzed by a team of human employees. Machine learning is an area of computer science in which computers are programmed to automatically adapt and improve their functions based on the available data and their ongoing experience. Companies that employ machine learning engineers create applications that process and learn from big data to continuously fine tune their curation, data retrieval, and service abilities, among countless other possibilities.

The manipulation of big data is big business heading into 2018. Machine learning engineers are joined on this ranking by data scientists, big data developers, and data science directors. Machine learning even pops up among desired skills for the generalist full-stack engineer.

Prized employees, machine learning engineers make an average salary of $101,000 per year.

Specific Technologies General Concepts
  1. Python
  2. R
  3. Java
  4. SQL
  5. Linux
  6. MySQL
  7. Javascript
  8. Excel
  9. Hadoop
  10. Frameworks
  1. Machine Learning
  2. Algorithms
  3. Engineering
  4. Computer Science
  5. Design
  6. Operations
  7. Analytics
  8. Product
  9. Research
  10. Data Science

Top Resume Keywords for Data Scientist

A data scientist uses machine learning as part of their work, but their scope expands beyond artificial intelligence. According to SAS, a data scientist is “part mathematician, part computer scientist, and part trend-spotter.” They make sense of the data to solve problems that affect all sides of the business, from product to service to marketing.

Data scientists make an average of $91,000 per year.

Specific Technologies General Concepts
  1. R
  2. Python
  3. SQL
  4. Java
  5. Hadoop
  6. Tableu
  7. Excel
  8. MySQL
  9. Oracle
  10. Javascript
  1. Marketing
  2. Analytics
  3. Machine Learning
  4. Algorithms
  5. Modeling
  6. Data Science
  7. Engineering
  8. Big Data
  9. Computer Science
  10. Programming

Top Resume Keywords for Sales Development Representative

Sales development reps (SDRs) are focused on unearthing new potential customers for their sales teams. They are tasked with generating sales leads, performing research, and making the initial contact before passing the baton to a salesperson. The SDR position has grown in popularity as consumers have become better informed and tougher to sell.

An entry-level position, SDRs make around $41,000 per year with greater earning potential based on commissions.

  1. Marketing
  2. Prospecting
  3. Research
  4. Salesforce
  5. Business Development
  6. Outbound Calling
  7. Social Media
  8. Outreach
  9. Inside Sales
  10. CRM
  1. Product
  2. Sales Experience
  3. Strategy
  4. Agile
  5. Data Integrity
  6. Engagement
  7. Excel
  8. Forecasting
  9. Logistics
  10. Metrics

Top Resume Keywords for Customer Success Manager

A spin on the traditional account manager, the responsibility of a customer success manager (CSM) is laid out clearly in the title. In an effort to increase retention rates, CSMs work to ensure that customers are finding success with the product. As seen in the skills below, this includes getting the customer up to speed, consulting on ways to optimize their usage, sharing marketing insights, and being a point of contact. The CSM position is particularly popular in software as a service (SaaS) tech startups and other B2B environments.

CSMs make around $67,000 per year with additional earning potential through bonuses and commission.

  1. Product
  2. Engagement
  3. Marketing
  4. Account Management
  5. Training
  6. Retention
  7. Product Management
  8. Strategy
  9. Customer Experience
  10. Presentation
  1. Digital Marketing
  2. Consulting
  3. Metrics
  4. CRM
  5. Product Adoption
  6. On-boarding
  7. Customer Engagement
  8. Customer Facing
  9. Analytical
  10. Project Management

Top Resume Keywords for Big Data Developer

While the data scientist and machine learning engineer find ways to manipulate big data, it’s the big data developer who is responsible for creating the back-end architecture to effectively collect, process, and store that data in the first place. Of all the big data positions on this list, big data developer job listings put the greatest emphasis on Hadoop, an open-source storage framework dedicated to the storage and processing of big data.

Big data developers earn an average of $101,000 per year.

Specific Technologies General Concepts
  1. Hadoop
  2. Java
  3. Python
  4. R
  5. SQL
  6. Cloud
  7. SAS
  8. Linux
  9. Oracle
  10. MapReduce
  1. Big Data
  2. Engineering
  3. Design
  4. Programming
  5. Testing
  6. Analytics
  7. Agile
  8. Software Development
  9. Software Engineering
  10. Documentation

Scan your resume with Jobscan to determine your top resume keywords.

Top Resume Keywords for Full-Stack Engineer

A full-stack engineer is proficient in all stages of software development including hosting environments, database management, APIs, user interface, user experience, testing, security, et al. While many full-stack engineers have a specialty, the position requires them to have deep knowledge across the board and know where to turn for answers when new problems arise.

These versatile engineers are particularly valuable in tech startup environments where they can pull double- or triple-duty on a small team. Full-stack engineers make an average of $89,000 per year.

Specific Technologies General Concepts
  1. Javascript
  2. Java
  3. HTML
  4. Excel
  5. React
  6. Oracle
  7. C
  8. MySQL
  9. CSS
  10. Frameworks
  1. Design
  2. Product
  3. Engineering
  4. Computer Science
  5. Startup
  6. Video
  7. Writing
  8. Agile
  9. Software Development
  10. Machine Learning

Top Resume Keywords for Unity Developer

Unity is a versatile game engine particularly popular in mobile and virtual reality (VR) game development. While general “video game developer” job postings have been trending down in recent years, specialized Unity developers saw a big spike in listed jobs early in 2017.

Mobile game development trends have stabilized since a wild peak in 2016, but mobile game devs experienced with Unity remain in high demand. Meanwhile, VR is still on its way up as more and more game consoles, phones, and computers implement VR compatibility.

Unity developers earn an average of $83,000 per year.

Specific Technologies General Concepts
  1. Unity
  2. Unity 3D
  3. C#
  4. iOS
  5. Javascript
  6. Android
  7. Java
  8. 2D
  9. CA
  10. CSS
  1. Mobile
  2. Content
  3. Engineering
  4. Computer Science
  5. Mobile Games
  6. Automation
  7. Hardware
  8. Version Control
  9. Content Partners
  10. R&D

Top Resume Keywords for Director of Data Science

A director of data science will have a similar hard skillset to the other big data positions, the difference being a deeper knowledge base, experience, and some management skills. This is illustrated in some of the common soft skills found in director of data science job listings but not listed below, such as leadership, track record, and communication skills.

The highest paying position on this list, directors of data science take home an average salary of $162,000 per year.

Specific Technologies General Concepts
  1. R
  2. Python
  3. SQL
  4. Java
  5. Hadoop
  6. Tableau
  7. Excel
  8. MySQL
  9. Oracle
  10. Javascript
  1. Data Science
  2. Product
  3. Machine Learning
  4. Analytics
  5. Modeling
  6. Statistics
  7. Design
  8. Engineering
  9. Metrics
  10. Computer Science

Top Resume Keywords for Brand Partner

“Brand Partner” sticks out on this list because there aren’t many open job listings that are an exact match. This position likely landed on LinkedIn’s list of trending jobs due to an increasing number of people involved with multi-level marketing pyramid schemes using LinkedIn to sell their products. For example, Nerium International (anti-aging products) is one of several prominent multi-level marketing companies using the term “Brand Partner.”

"Brand Partner" is a trending job on LinkedIn because of multi-level marketing companies.

While not as ubiquitous as other jobs on this list, there are also “Brand Partner” positions in more traditional corporate structures. These brand partners tend to be focused on creating partnerships and collaborations between their employer and other brands or social media influencers. The keywords below correspond to these types of positions.

  1. Marketing
  2. Brand
  3. Content
  4. Advertising
  5. Partnerships
  6. Direct Sales
  7. Partner Marketing
  8. Video
  9. Retail
  10. PMP
  1. Presentation
  2. Partnership
  3. Customer Service
  4. Strategy
  5. Adobe
  6. Positioning
  7. DSP
  8. Social Media
  9. Acquisitions
  10. KPIs

Top Resume Keywords for Full-Stack Developer

What’s the difference between a full-stack engineer (above) and a full-stack developer? In some contexts they are synonymous, in others the difference is murky at best. However, according to a HackerNoon article, the difference comes down to the respective employees’ knowledge base and approach. An engineer has a deeper educational foundation and approaches problems scientifically or academically, whereas a developer is more likely to employ a more creative approach and learn what they need to know as they need to know it. The resume keywords back this up to a degree.

That assessment will not be consistent across different organizations, but the average salary suggests that the engineer is indeed more well-rounded and senior to the developer. Full-stack developers make an average of $76,000 per year according to PayScale, $12,000 less than engineers.

Specific Technologies General Concepts
  1. Javascript
  2. Java
  3. HTML
  4. CSS
  5. React
  6. Rails
  7. Ruby
  8. MySQL
  9. C
  10. Frameworks
  1. Design
  2. Product
  3. Web Development
  4. Agile
  5. Programming
  6. User Interface
  7. User Experience
  8. Testing
  9. Debugging
  10. Coding
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