Was I the only that plays conjourer in beta? Lol
The class is powerful but it levels VERY slow in beta because only way to get skill up was by meleeing with your staff
And u not by nuking.. U can't sit back and nuke like BLM in FFXi.. (now I hope this get fix With release & if it does go with conjourer)
I managed to skill up OK using nukes. Nukes cost MP, but they almost always give more skill when you get a skill-up. However, your staff is a better way to skill because you can shoot with it over and over without running out of MP.
As for what's in greater demand... So far, there hasn't been much partying that I've seen. The lower levels of FFXIV are a lot like pre-dunes levels in FFXI, partying is somewhat chaotic waste of time where the tanks can't hold hate and the healers can't keep everyone alive. Plus, nobody knows where the good camps are, so your exp rate is going to suck as you run around aimlessly looking for good mobs to skill on. To be sure, we need people out there doing this so they can post online where and how to party, but in the meantime, partying's not that important at lower levels.
I do hope people figure out how to make it work though. My CON was leveling very slowly after 15.
I think GLD is the most popular melee class, but I also think that tanking won't be restricted to GLD. Both PUG and RAV have tank abilities, if you combine those with GLD abilities I think you can make a pretty good tank. That's the theory anyway. But CON is irreplacable in parties, they've got an AoE heal and they've got the good buffs. But I wouldn't sell THM short either, I think their debuffs will make a big difference in party play, and they do have some healing ability.