UpWork highlights 30 Most In-Demand Jobs and Skills

Are you skilled enough to compete tomorrow?

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The world is adapting to digital transformation quickly. This new era of digital transformation is revolutionizing how we innovate and do business. IT jobs are in high demand than at any time in history. Upwork, the world’s largest freelance website for online freelance jobs has highlighted 30 emerging and trending skills that could land you a dream long-term high-paying freelance contract.

Not all jobs require four years college degree. Depending on the scope of work, some jobs require specialized postgraduate degrees such as Masters of Science in Artificial intelligence or a Robotics degree.

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The following are 30 emerging and trending skills for a better future.

In-demand jobs and skills for 2021

Machine learning


Data analytics skills

Mobile application skills

VR (virtual reality) skills

Video production

SEO (search engine optimization)

Product management

In-demand jobs and skills (2019-2020)

Upwork analyzed data from the jobs posted on its platform in 2019. The company also released an index of hottest skills for freelancers. The most in-demand skills are experiencing more than 120% growth every new year.


DaVinci Resolve

Social media marketing






Kendo UI


Statistical modeling

Salesforce Lightning

Relational databases

D3.js framework

Motion graphics


Packaging design

Microsoft Azure

Top jobs of the future

Cloud computing





Technology and computer-related skills are in high demand, more than ever in the history of mankind. Everyone should learn a computer skill based on their liking and preferences and start working as a freelancer and make money or search for their dream job with a reputable organization.

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Written by Hisham Sarwar


That is all you ever need to know about me but let me warn you, freelancing for me is a journey, certainly not a destination :)