LinkedIn Observes the Rise of Professional Ninjas

From The LinkedIn Blog:

Between 2002 and 2007, we have noticed a surge in the percentage of job titles that include the term “ninja”. Modern day ninjas are not experts in martial arts or stealth soldiers – today they are more likely to throw Java exceptions rather than steel stars. Other ninjas come from the social media, computing and design sectors. Professionals in customer service, advertising and finance have their share of ninjas too; for example, check out real life Investing Ninja Assassin Ann Miura-Ko.

How much has the job title “ninja” grown? The attached global “ninja” chart shows the percentage of people starting “ninja” jobs relative to all LinkedIn members who started a job year. This allows us to make meaningful year- to-year comparisons and discover interesting labor market movements.

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I have to wonder how many of those ninjas are self-employed, or founders of a company of one. Are companies actually seriously handing out “Ninja” as a title? Fad, not trend.

Just in case you should want to hire a ninja, here’s some advice on doing so:

Image credit: Seth W.

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