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PedroGonzales
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PedroGonzales,
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11/30/2015 | 5:11:50 PM
Re: specialized skills
@tnguyengp, I agree with you.  Such skills depend on location and industry. I would think because these jobs can be done remotely, it would not matter where the jobs are.  I would think for such fields you are mentioning companies will bring a contractor rather than a freelancer.
tnguyengp
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tnguyengp,
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11/30/2015 | 4:24:59 PM
Re: specialized skills
The hottest skills needed depends on the region. For example, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the fastest growing IT industries are healthcare, oil and gas, financial services and real estate. The jobs most in demand are: systems administrators, .net developers, software engineers, database developers and network engineers.

 
Michelle
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Michelle,
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11/30/2015 | 4:20:17 PM
Interesting skills mix
I'm very surprised at the demand for these skills. I would have thought app development ranked higher. I'm really surprised to see Joomla and Drupal skills in such high demand on Upwork. Very interesting results!
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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11/30/2015 | 2:34:49 PM
Re: specialized skills
@kstaron- Well, I guess you can look at it as both good and bad. It is true that some jobs don't require you to have intimate knowledge of an entire company's stack to do them. That doesn't mean what they need isn't crucial and high paying. It just means it is part of a larger thing. It allows someone to be an expert at one crucial thing. That can be very lucrative. 

On the other hand, you need to make sure your skills stay in demand which is why watching these lists is important.
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11/30/2015 | 1:50:12 PM
Re: specialized skills
This PHP thing has to be driven by all these wannabee "get rich" startups who think they have the next killer app. PHP is server side, probably the cheapest, easiest way for these guys to connect mobile devices to a server database. And by that I mean cheap open source type "servers" using cheap/free OpenSQL databases, or more likely some cloud infrastructure made up of that stuff.

What I read into this is these companies must not have any real developers, it isn't hard to learn PHP is you are already a developer. PHP is not Java, it's simple, which is why it is popular.

The scary part is PHP can get you into a world of hurt from a security point of view, you really have to know your stuff to lock server down. How many of these PHP development freelance guys know squat about that? And what do they care about security, it's not their company or data. That is one scary trend we are seeing here.
yalanand
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11/30/2015 | 11:04:03 AM
Re: specialized skills
I'm really surprised to see PHP Development leading the charts and not database management and Android development. Php took a massive hit when I was learning it in 2010.
yalanand
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11/30/2015 | 11:00:20 AM
Re: specialized skills
@kstaron: I agree with you. Also, having a specialty guy working for me at half the money I pay my full time workers isn't good for the freelancer. Since the area of expertise asks for $100 doesn't mean I would pay him 50 bucks because he is a freelancer. I may pay him 85, but not half the money I'm paying my full time.
kstaron
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kstaron,
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11/30/2015 | 8:46:23 AM
specialized skills
I caught a couple of disturbing ideas here. When it's better of a freelancer doesn't have to understand the full stack, that sounds more like what they are saying is that we can hire someone with only the skill we want and therefore pay them much lower than a regular employee. For survival any freelancers need to find not only high demand skills, but those that they can specialize in to become experts where they are one of a few people who really know the skill in order to make sure they are appreciated by the clients. If a skill is in high demand but it's something almost anyone can do, you can't make a living off it.
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