A Publication of WTVP

According to a recent Upwork report, Americans spent more than one billion hours per week freelancing in 2018. With 61 million Gen Zers entering the workforce in the next few years, these numbers are only expected to increase—which means competition in securing gig employment. To help employees prepare, Upwork compiled a list of the 20 fastest-growing skills in the U.S. freelance job market in the fourth quarter of 2018:

  1. Hadoop
  2. Dropbox API
  3. Genetic algorithms
  4. Microbiology
  5. Computational linguistics
  6. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  7. Digital signal processing
  8. Intercom
  9. Interactive advertising
  10. Invision
  11. Employee training
  12. Kubernetes
  13. OAuth
  14. Autodesk Revit
  15. App store optimization
  16. App usability analysis
  17. Vue.js framework
  18. Learning Management Solution (LMS) consulting
  19. 3D scanning
  20. React.js framework

Seventy-five percent of these skills are brand-new to the list, demonstrating how quickly trends in the tech industry and gig labor market fluctuate. Learn more at