The Hottest Skill Areas in 2019 So Far: Learning & Development, Automation, and Urban Planning
For the first few months of 2019, demand for skills related to L&D (learning and development), automation, and urban planning soared on Upwork. That’s according to the latest Upwork Skills Index, a quarterly ranking of the 20 fastest-growing skills on the site.
Seventy-five percent of the skills listed are new to the index, and they span a wide range of skill areas. “The array of skills employers are finding through digital platforms is growing, including technical skills like Hadoop and Kubernetes as well as non-technical skills such as taxation and urban planning,” said Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork.
Here are the top 20 fastest-growing skills for Q1 2019:
- U.S. Taxation
- Robotic process automation
- Explainer videos
- Computer aided manufacturing
- Financial planning
- Urban design
- Software documentation
- Salesforce Commerce Cloud
- Julia development
- Employee training
- Shopify templates
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
- Vue.js framework
- Leadership development
- Architectural rendering
What are the top three takeaways from this quarter’s index?
This look at new and emerging skills provides real-time validation of current trends in the labor market and tech industry. For example, the latest index reflects that:
- Businesses are investing in learning and development programs. With tightening labor markets, L&D is a long-term commitment to help ensure their workers are prepared for tomorrow.
- Automation boosts productivity, and organizations are increasingly looking for new ways to free up time so their employees can do more strategic and innovative work.
- Eight million Americans primarily work from home. As remote work adoption increases, city infrastructure is reinventing itself.
For more in-depth insights into the latest Skills Index, read the full press release.
As the managing editor of the Upwork blog, Amy Sept works with regular and guest writers to share information that helps freelancers and businesses navigate the future of work.View Amy Sept’s other articles