Today, knowledge is evolving at an increasingly rapid pace. To succeed in the talent economy, it is crucial to showcase your skills and build a rich network of connections who have the expertise you need to get the job done.

To help our members stay ahead of the curve, we’re pleased to announce the beta launch of LinkedIn Skills – a whole new way to understand the landscape of skills & expertise, who has them, and how it’s changing over time.

If you search for a particular skill, we’ll surface key people within that community, show you the top locations, related companies, relevant jobs, and groups where you can interact with like minded professionals.  You’ll also be able to explore similar skills and compare their growth relative to each other.

One thing you’ll find is that the universe of skills is much more diverse than you might expect.

Check out some of the interesting skills we’re tracking:

iPhone
Physical Therapy
Hadoop
Java
Ballet
Android

What’s the best way for you to share your expertise on LinkedIn?  You can get started by adding skills to your profile, joining group discussions, and following related companies for each skill. To showcase the talent in your network, take a look at your connections and ‘nudge’ them to add any skills they might be missing.

As always, let us know what you think!

Check out LinkedIn Skills