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:

  1. U.S. Taxation
  2. Hadoop
  3. Robotic process automation
  4. Explainer videos
  5. Computer aided manufacturing
  6. Financial planning
  7. Urban design
  8. Software documentation
  9. Salesforce Commerce Cloud
  10. Geospatial
  11. Julia development
  12. Kubernetes
  13. Magento
  14. Employee training
  15. Shopify templates
  16. Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  17. Vue.js framework
  18. Leadership development
  19. Architectural rendering
  20. 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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