What will the world look like when the pandemic is finally over? We’re certainly not there yet — but if the latest job posting figures from LinkedIn are any indication, the global economy could be headed for a hybrid approach: recovering many jobs lost during the pandemic, while retaining the digital-first innovations of the last year.
The jobs with the fastest-growing and greatest demand in March 2021 reflect a return of in-person roles, a steady rise in COVID-related jobs, and a continuing focus on digital transformation. In fact, the top job with the single fastest-growing demand — receptionist — covers both sides of this spectrum. Even this traditionally in-person role is finding ways to go remote, with virtual front desks already rolling out.
Read on for the full lists of the most in-demand jobs and the jobs with the fastest month-over-month growth. This post is updated monthly to help talent leaders and recruiters make hiring decisions, manage expectations, and better understand the competitive talent landscape.
Taxes, vaccines, and the return of in-person roles
Receptionist and tax specialist were far and away the fastest-growing jobs over the past month, with the number of job posts for each role growing by over 10x.
Jobs with the fastest-growing demand
Roles with greatest month-over-month increase in LinkedIn job posts (February 2021 to March 2021)
- Receptionist (+1,453%)
- Tax Specialist (+1,119%)
- Pharmacy Technician (+267%)
- Marketing Strategist (+195%)
- Teller (+172%)
- Technical System Specialist (+138%)
- Pharmacist (+136%)
- Accounting Specialist (+128%)
- Food Service Worker (+118%)
- E-commerce Developer (+106%)
In previous months, seasonal spikes ahead of tax deadlines have put tax specialist No. 1 on this list, but this is the first time receptionist has topped it.
While it’s traditionally an in-person role, even receptionist jobs have started to go remote. Just last month, Zoom launched a new feature called Kiosk Mode that allows virtual receptionists to greet visitors and even unlock the office door for them remotely.
“The receptionist doesn’t need to be in office,” said Harry Moseley, Zoom’s chief information officer, in an interview with CNBC. “They can be at their own home. They can be anywhere. They can actually be in a different country, and they can support multiple buildings.”
Two pharmacy jobs also made this month’s list — though those roles are likely to stay in-person. That’s because pharmacies have become a major player in vaccine administration. An expanded direct-to-pharmacy vaccine program in the United States, for instance, just equipped almost 40,000 pharmacies with supplies needed to get shots in arms, with similar partnerships ramping up around the world.
Openings for food service workers also doubled in the past month, as many restaurants started welcoming diners back in countries that are gradually loosening restrictions. In fact, the number of LinkedIn job posts from the restaurant industry as a whole grew by 77% from February to March.
Finally, the increasing demand for e-commerce developers suggests that the retail industry will continue to invest in digital channels even after the pandemic is behind us. March was a strong month for the retail industry as a whole, with its number of LinkedIn job posts increasing by 50% since February. Like retail, other industries have a need for tech talent — so, as we'll see in the next section, the competition for tech roles isn't likely to slow down.
Software development jobs dominate the list of most in-demand jobs
While the above list of jobs looks at the greatest month-over-month growth, the list below looks at which roles had the largest number of job posts in March.
Jobs with the most demand overall
Roles with the most LinkedIn job posts (March 2021)
- Software Engineer (no change)
- Salesperson (+1)
- Tax Specialist (+117)
- Receptionist (+175)
- Registered Nurse (-3)
- Project Manager (-2)
- Application Developer (+6)
- Full Stack Engineer (-2)
- Animal Groomer (-3)
Programming jobs are often in high demand, pandemic or no pandemic, and the past month was no different with programming roles representing four of the 10 most in-demand jobs. And competition for these tech roles could get even fiercer as many companies start hiring again, spurring higher salary offers.
Speaking of salaries, there’s one job that didn’t make either of these lists, but still caught our attention: compensation specialist. Job posts for this role more than doubled in March, likely because companies are scrambling to figure out their compensation strategy for flexible and remote workers. With fewer than 1,500 job posts in March 2021, it’s a small-but-significant blip in our data — one that reflects a growing challenge for the talent industry.
Based on global LinkedIn data on all premium job posts in February 2021 and March 2021. The most in-demand jobs are those with the highest number of job posts. The jobs with the fastest-growing demand are those with the biggest percentage growth in the number of job posts, from February 2021 to March 2021. Jobs with fewer than 1,000 job posts in February 2021 were excluded from this analysis. Note: In February 2021, LinkedIn began offering free job posts to assist with vaccine distribution, which may have increased job posts for certain roles.