As technology quickly advances, today’s job skills continuously face the challenge of being outdated. So how do you evolve with the job market's ever-changing needs?
Embracing ongoing education is one of the ways to be the most promising candidate in the shortlist. Hiring managers now expect you to be responsible for learning new skills on your own. For them, instead of expecting the employer or potential employer to provide advanced training, you should be responsible for your learning experiences and growth.
Upwork, a global online freelancing network where businesses and professionals connect and work together remotely, released its newest quarterly Skills Index, ranking the 20 hottest skills in the U.S. freelance job market during the first quarter of 2019. According to Upwork's report, these top 20 skills have grown more than 170% year-over-year, while demand for the top 10 skills grew more than 370% year-over-year. The list ranged from personal development to hardcore technical skills needed to perform a job.
For an easier look, we have grouped the skills by category and included brief descriptions, so you can better decide which courses you'll take to make yourself more marketable.
1. Employee Training
Employee training skills are seen as educational preparation for performing a job before the new hire becomes a productive contributor. This preparation is typically provided by the company and can be done in different setups: online, self-study, classroom, on-the-job (OTJ), or a hybrid of these options.
2. Leadership Development
This is about honing leadership qualities, including effective communication, innovation, ability to motivate and influence others, and people and time management. This can help anyone, not only a person in a leadership position.
3. U.S. Taxation
This skill involves managing accounting practices that incorporate U.S. tax laws. This specialized type of accounting is regulated by the Internal Revenue Service and can be useful for anyone looking for growth in the finance sector.
4. Financial Planning
This skill covers long-term profit planning aimed at meeting or exceeding financial goals. The focus is on generating a greater return on assets, growing market share, and solving foreseeable financial challenges.
5. Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
The CPA skill badge is worn by those who've passed the uniform CPA examination administered by the American Institute Of Certified Public Accountants first before being a professional accountant. CPAs also have to fulfill the educational and work-related experience requirements in order to be certified.
Hadoop is used for storing data and running applications on clusters of hardware. It provides massive storage for any kind of data, enormous processing power, and can handle virtually limitless concurrent tasks or jobs.
7. Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is designed to reduce the burden of repetitive, simple tasks on employees. The software robot can be taught a workflow with multiple steps and applications, such as receiving forms, sending a receipt message, checking the form for completeness, filing the form in a folder, and updating a spreadsheet with the form's name and filing date.
8. Explainer Videos
Explainer videos are short videos that focus on explaining a business idea in simple, engaging, and compelling ways. They use clear, concise language and appealing visuals.
9. Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM)
Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) uses software and computer-controlled machinery to automate manufacturing.
10. Urban Design
Urban Design uses software for arranging and designing buildings, public spaces, transport systems, services, and amenities. The principles of urban designing give form, shape, and character to groups of buildings, neighborhoods, and cities.
11. Software Documentation
This skill covers structuring content and writing comprehensive information on the capabilities, design details, features, system or application software limitations, and software licensing requirements.
12. Salesforce Commerce Cloud
Salesforce is a cloud-based tool that allows companies to create intelligent, unified buying experiences across different platforms: mobile, social, web, and store.
This skill involves creating digital recordings of broadcasts and interviews. Podcasts are accessed through multiple sites and are available for download to a computer or mobile device.
This includes mapping and analysis of data captured by GPS, satellite imagery, or geotags. The data set feeds information that provides value to market and user research commonly applied to geo-location advertising tactics.
15. Julia Development
Julia is a free open source, high-level, and constantly changing programming language used for creating easy-to-use high-performance software.
16. Architectural Rendering
Architectural rendering involves creating two-dimensional and three-dimensional images of a proposed architectural design. It illustrates lifelike experiences on how spaces or buildings will look like even it is yet to be built.
17. Vue.js Framework
Vue.js (pronounced ‘view’) is a progressive programming language used for building user interfaces like websites.
18. Shopify Templates
Shopify templates are themes that merchants use for their e-commerce stores. It is a high-demand skill to learn as every month, thousands of business owners download templates to customize their sites.
Kubernetes is a software that manages many servers and runs a large number of programs across those servers. Programs are run in isolated containers, so they can be easy to develop and deploy.
Magento provides retailers with e-commerce platforms and cloud solutions for business growth. It has a flexible shopping cart system and enables merchants to control the look, content, and functionality of their online store.
If you’re interested in exploring or expanding your knowledge today, several paid and free training resources are available online. The following learning sites all provide access to the 20 top fastest-growing skills and many other courses about design, business, technology, and lifestyle.
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