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Survey: Q2 2018 Hottest Skills And Highest Pay For Freelancers


I have been posting a bunch of job, salary, economic, salary and hiring data lately. As a data and trend nerd it allows me to challenge if what I think I see and hear going on is true. It also allows me to figure out what is going on in the next quarter, rest of the year and next year. Yes, at times I am already thinking about 2019. Recent posts:

This next one is sort of a two for one set of data points.

UpWork released their Q2 2018 Skills Index, ranking the 20 fastest-growing skills for freelancers. Here they are:

  • Blockchain

  • Google Cloud Platform

  • Volusion

  • Risk management

  • Product photograpy

  • Rapid prototyping

  • Google App Engine API


  • Gitlab

  • Go development

  • Apple UIKIT

  • Enterprise Architecture

  • Tensorflow

  • Atlassian confluence

  • Apple Xcode

  • eLearning

  • Customer retention

  • Articulate storyline

  • Node.js

  • Scala development

I needed to do a Google search on a couple of them as I was not familiar with them.

Dice then ran those skills with their salary data and came up with The Fastest Growing, Highest Paying Tech Skills:

  • TensorFlow - $160,478

  • Enterprise Architecture - $153,083

  • Blockchain - $152,533

  • Scala - $143,358

  • Node.js - $140,250

  • Apple UIKIT - $134,577

  • Risk Management - $132,196

  • Google Cloud - $130,711

  • Go Development - $120,041

  • Apple Xcode - $116,537

  • Atlassian Confluence - $112,849

  • Articulate Storyline - $105,998

I appreciate that Dice added a disclaimer as all of these things matter when it comes to salary and hourly rates:

If you’re looking at these figures and wondering why the findings don’t match your earnings, keep in mind we’re only parsing skills. This doesn’t account for experience, job title, or geography, among other considerations which may skew actual salaries one way or another.

I frequently get questions like, “I’m a junior developer, what are the next tech skills I need to learn?” or “As a consultant, what is the next big thing I need to add to my tool chest?” or “Who is getting paid the most?”.

I like getting those questions because we always need to be learning… always getting better.

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