Posted on April 25, 2014
If you’re a freelancer and looking to find out which skills are currently hot, it helps to look at freelance marketplace Freelancer.com. And the latest data on outsourced jobs from there reveals a huge rise in trending tech, with particular demand for 3D printing, and copywriting. The Freelance Fast 50 report analyzed over 270,000 job listings on Freelancer.com for the first quarter of 2014.
3D Is Scorching Hot
Everything connected with 3D seems to be a hot specialty right now, thanks to the Facebook acquisition of Oculus Rift, a virtual reality head-mounted display, designed for 3D gaming (among other possible uses). 3D printing. 3D modeling. 3D rendering. All things 3D saw a dramatic 48% increase in jobs.
3D printing is fast becoming the latest craze, as these printers are capable of making solid objects at the click of a button – and the downloading of the appropriate computer file. A simple Google search for 3D CAD files turns up countless possibilities, and as soon as the file is downloaded, you are all set to print.
We recently wrote about the first consumer 3D printer called Micro, which is raising funds on Kickstarter, with the total currently standing at $2.8 million. When it eventually goes on sale (perhaps in time for the 2014 Christmas shopping period), it will cost a very affordable $299, making 3D printing even more of a viable small business proposition.
Android Is Hot, Apple Is Not
Or at least …not quite as hot. The number of Android mobile development jobs has overtaken Apple jobs. Why? Partly because Android is hot in Asia, and mobile is growing there.
Mobile phone app development is strong, too. Game and app makers are obviously inspired by the phenomenal success of apps such as Flappy Bird and Candy Crush.
Content Makes a Comeback
Writing and content jobs have rebounded after declining a few years ago, in the wake of the carnage left by the Google Panda and Penguin algorithm updates.
Copywriters are being re-employed, as business owners start to regain their confidence and hire writers to write their blogs, and put original content on their websites and social media. Writing related jobs are up nearly 18%. Content is back, baby!
Companies Need Logos
Lots of other jobs show surprising growth, such as logo design (up 33%). It just goes to show, the old tried and true skills can be almost as much in demand as the trendy ones.