TECH AND DEVELOPMENT SKILLS
Tech and development skills account for more than half of the list. Rich Pearson, SVP of marketing and categories at Upwork, tells GoodCall®, “Skills that are fastest-growing tend to be tech-related because along with rapid tech innovation comes the creation of new skills.”
In the U.S, tech employment recently reached 7.3 million, and the freedom to work as a freelancer is likely a contributing factor.
Jeff Friess, cyber security practice leader for Global Executive Solutions Group, an Ohio-based affiliate of MRINetwork, an executive search and recruitment organization, tells GoodCall®, “As e-commerce expands and on-demand services become the everyday norm, professionals with the capabilities to develop, program and implement these technologies and applications are needed to support these business models.” And not just traditional workers. “Contractors with these skills are especially attractive to chief information officers who are under constant pressure to find cost-effective options for delivering and maintaining technology.”
Friess provides examples of how contractors and freelancers are leveraging these skills:
- Natural language processing: The convenience of utilizing technologies such as Siri and Ella are enabled by natural language processing. Programmers and developers with this skill set are in high demand to continually advance this technology and incorporate it into more consumer products.
- Angular JS: Intuitive website navigation and easy, online purchasing are made possible by front end developers with Angular JS (Java Script) skills.
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