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The Hottest Skill Areas in 2019 So Far: Learning & Development, Automation, and Urban Planning

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
  • Hadoop
  • Robotic process automation
  • Explainer videos
  • Computer aided manufacturing
  • Financial planning
  • Urban design
  • Software documentation
  • Salesforce Commerce Cloud
  • Geospatial
  • Julia development
  • Kubernetes
  • Magento
  • Employee training
  • Shopify templates
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Vue.js framework
  • Leadership development
  • Architectural rendering
  • Podcasting
  • 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.

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