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Upwork Skills Index- 20 fastest-growing freelance skills

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Lena E Community Manager Member Since: Apr 7, 2015
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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.


Key Takeaways:

  • 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.

Read more about our Q4 analysis here


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