Upwork Reveals the Top 20 Fastest Growing Freelance Skills
July 12, 2016
Freelancers: Take note.
Upwork—the world’s largest freelancing website—recently released its first quarterly Skills Index for the fastest growing freelance skills. The results below are based on growth rates from Upwork’s freelancer billings in Q2 2016 versus Q2 2015. What’s interesting to note is that, of the 20 fastest growing freelance skills, the top 10 experienced growth of more than 125% year-over-year.
The Top 20 Freelance Skills (Q2 2016)
- User-experience design
- ASP development
- Shopify development
- English proofreading
- SEO writing
- Virtual assistant
- Lead generation
- Data mining
- Video editing
- WordPress development
- AngularJS development
- Java development
- Android development
- iOS development
- Data visualization
What This Means for Freelancers
Development has a significant presence.
And for obvious reasons. The word “development” appears in almost half of the top 20 freelance skills listed. Whether your focus is on mobile (like iOS or Android) or is web-based (like Shopify or WordPress), development is amongst the hottest skills to have this quarter.
Focus on content marketing.
People are on the hunt for high-quality content—not just the mediocrity that lives across the web today. As a result, the most rapidly growing content skills this quarter include SEO writing, video editing and proofreading.
Make room for future advancements.
Businesses are looking for experts to help position themselves as forward-thinking companies. As a freelancer, this is where you come in. In a world where robotics and virtual reality will eventually become the norm, skills that go hand-in-hand with these trends will also be in demand.
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