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7 Hottest Skills For IT Freelancers
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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.
yalanand
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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.
yalanand
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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.
TerryB
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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.
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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12/1/2015 | 7:35:07 PM
Re: specialized skills

"....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."

 

@TerryB    Some great points,  I have been hearing about and learning PHP for a couple of years now, but I didn't see a real use case connection until I read some of your reasons behind it.

You bring up another important point about the security issues and you are right - few freelancers will be able to handle this part of it or even care to for that matter.

Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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12/1/2015 | 7:17:19 PM
Re: specialized skills

This was a very interesting list of skills needed for freelancers.  I am surprised yet not so surprised that PHP is the number one listed skill sought after.

I have seen PHP listed in my local area, but I am not sure what companies think they need PHP for.   It is nice to want this skill but do companies really understand what they are asking for ?

Li Tan
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12/5/2015 | 12:08:25 AM
Re: specialized skills
I think the market trend somehow becomes more and more favor to PHP.:-) Being an IT freelancer, you need to have stronger skill and holistic skill set - you are the one who need to get project done.
batye
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batye,
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12/6/2015 | 12:41:28 AM
Re: specialized skills
@Li Tan, agree but with market you never know... as everthying changing too rapidly this days...
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.
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.

 
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.
impactnow
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11/30/2015 | 7:12:38 PM
Re: specialized skills
The jobs that are best for freelancers may be different than the jobs that are best for corporate positions to Dave's point. Certain assignments that utilize alot of cross functional integration are not a good fit for freelance talent. Freelancers can add a lot of bandwidth to the right project and expedite deliverables. The list of skills represent this well --more tactical than strategic skill sets.
batye
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batye,
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12/6/2015 | 12:43:39 AM
Re: specialized skills
@impactnow, I would say not always as many factors in play...
tzubair
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11/30/2015 | 10:08:29 PM
Re: specialized skills
@kstarton: I agree. I think apart from the technical skills, all freelancers need to have certain other skills which are essential. Since they're their own managers, they need to have good organization skills, good written and oral communication skills as well as the good selling skills in some cases. Technical skills can only result in so much success without these being there.
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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12/1/2015 | 7:28:28 PM
Re: specialized skills

"....Since they're their own managers, they need to have good organization skills, good written and oral communication skills as well as the good selling skills in some cases." 

 

@tzubair    Great point.  It is not enough to be just to have the expertise in the subject area, one needs to have these "soft skills" in great supply.  

I also happen to think, as you mention - the marketing aspect does not receive as much attention as it should either.`

batye
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batye,
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12/6/2015 | 12:42:36 AM
Re: specialized skills
@Technocrati, yes as sometimes things get overlooked as per human nature of the dealing with information...
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!
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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12/1/2015 | 7:24:14 PM
The Lexicon of AWS

"We are seeing some growth in setting up Amazon cloud."

 

I am surprise the Amazon cloud is not catching on that fast.  It is a great solution for SMB's but it does take a bit of effort to learn the language of Amazon and just how they do things.

I am working on a potential S3 solution for my current employer and it just amazes me how much I have to learn about how Amazon phrases things.  

I guess this is the reason a freelancer might be needed.



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