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Need a job? Here are the 10 fastest growing online jobs


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It’s never a bad time to take stock of your career options, whether it’s seeing what promotion paths are open to you, or even what other positions in your industry you can slip into for better. title and more money. All you need is to keep your CV up to date, your social media profiles well defined, and your head in the air, constantly looking for an opportunity to grow in the world.

Or maybe you are looking for something completely new? You might be one of the thousands of people looking to change industries, enter something you’re more passionate about, or maybe just work for yourself. If you are one of the growing ranks of the “independent nation,” you are looking to hone your skills in order to take advantage of the next wave of employment opportunities.

If that describes you, then we’ve got the scoop you’ve been looking for.

A report released by Freelancer.com showcased the fastest growing online jobs for the latter part of 2015, the most recent period for which data was available. If you’re a freelance writer or looking for a more flexible work arrangement, here are the positions (and associated skills) that employers are looking to fill. Basically, this is your chance to knock on your front door.

The report itself lists 50 of the fastest growing and in-demand jobs and skills, and even analyzes how and why employers need them.

“Freelancer.com’s Fast 50 Quarterly Report is a pulse check of motors and shakers across industries, technologies, products and companies. We can infer from the growing demand for Windows skills that Microsoft is still a giant player in its field and will continue to assert its dominance, ”said Matt Barrie, CEO of Freelancer.com, in a statement accompanying the report. “What remains to be seen is how long he will be among the best players in the industry.”

A quick glance at the list, especially the top ten, reveals that Microsoft-related jobs and skills are still in high demand.

The surge in demand for Microsoft-related skills has a lot to do with the company’s push into hardware – having recently released a myriad of new products including the Surface, Xbox One, and even Hololens. This is in addition to the fact that Microsoft still has a giant presence in almost every workplace across the country. Needless to say, skills related to Microsoft’s wide range of products and platforms will likely be in demand for the foreseeable future.

Apart from that, there has been a surge in creative jobs, which many young people are taking on as freelancers. These “yuccies” – or Young, Urban Creatives – are a big part of the new independent economy. For most millennials, at the moment, “yuccies” use their internet skills to find work through social media and other networking channels.

“On Freelancer.com, creative projects increased with content writing still leading the way, growing 21.9%,” the report said. “Jobs in photography increased 13.0%. Jobs in video editing, video services and videography increased by 18.6%, 14.2% and 7.2% respectively. Design work in various fields is on the rise, with 3D design growth of 12.0%, flyer design 10.9% and banner design 7.3%.

This is good news for millennials who have been hesitant to accept or find a traditional 9-5 type job, and have instead opted for freelance work or as mini-entrepreneurs. It’s also intriguing for a number of other groups, including people who have been out of work for some time, or even those looking to change paths mid-career. Anyone can hone their skills and use internet platforms like Freelancer.com to find gigs.

Again, the important thing is to get a head start and know what skills potential employers will be looking for. This is what the report tells us.

Here are the ten fastest growing online jobs (out of 50), by Freelancer.com, along with their percentage growth for Q3 2015:

10. Amazon Web Services – 13.9%

9. Video services – 14.2%

8. Transcription – 15.1%

7. Video editing – 18.6%

6. Covers and packaging – 19.8%

5. Content writing – 21.8%

4. Angular.js – 21.9%

3. Microsoft Excel – 26.6%

2. Microsoft Word – 29.3%

1. Windows Desktop – 62.7%

For the full list of the 50, check out the full report from Freelancer.com.

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