Upwork has released its latest quarterly index of the 20 fastest-growing skills being hired for among freelancers in the U.S. freelance job market.
The 20 fastest-growing freelance skills in Q4 2016 all experienced more than 100% year-over-year growth with the top 10 experiencing more than 200% year-over-year growth.
- Tech skills, including data science, engineering, IT and development skills account for nearly two-thirds (65%) of the top 20 fastest-growing skills.
- New skills such as 3D rendering, information security and R development earned spots in the top 20, while skills such as MySQL development ($ORCL), AngularJS and Node.js development continued to be prominent throughout the list, showing high demand for these programming languages and frameworks.
- Data science is the fastest-growing category on Upwork for the second quarter in a row. Machine learning moved from the #1 spot in Q3 to #12 in Q4 but continues to see rapid growth.