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Freelance Work Categories With The Most Activity

Freelance work exchange Freelancer.com has released a ranking of the 50 most active job categories on its site. Unsurprisingly, technical skills rank highly, and there’s lots of work to be had in mobile phones.

There’s two ways to treat this kind of list if you’re a freelancer and want to remain competitive. You can look at the growth areas and enhance your skills in those areas. Alternatively, you can figure that the pricing in those categories will be a race to the bottom and focus on an area that’s lower on the list. For more thoughts, check our guide to making use of freelance exchange sites.

Here’s the full top 50, based on 180,000 jobs posted on Freelancer.com from July-September 2010, showing percentage growth rates from the previous quarter:

1 Mobile Phone (145%)
2 Graphic Design (143%)
3 Resumes (123%)
4 Windows Server (110%)
5 Google SketchUp (107%)
6 Website Design (104%)
7 HTML 5 (72%)
8 Internet Marketing (64%)
9 Speech Writing (61%)
10 eNewsletters (49%)
11 Business Plans (48%)
12 Script Install (47%)
13 Blog Install (46%)
14 Excel (45%)
15 Google Earth (43%)
16 Cocoa (35%)
17 PHP (34%)
18 Objective C (31%)
19 jQuery / Prototype (30%)
20 Blog Design (27%)
21 Shopping Carts (26%)
22 Contracts (26%)
23 Javascript (25%)
24 Android (24%)
25 Banner Design (23%)
26 SEO (22%)
27 Event Planning (21%)
28 Audio Services (20%)
29 Video Services (20%)
30 PCB Layout (19%)
31 PSD to HTML (18%)
32 Data Processing (17%)
33 Patents (17%)
34 Human Resources (15%)
35 Photoshop (14%)
36 Data Entry (13%)
37 Microcontroller (12%)
38 AJAX (11%)
39 Logo Design (10%)
40 Structural Engineering (10%)
41C Programming (9%)
42 Proofreading (8%)
43 Voice Talent (7%)
44 Visual Basic (7%)
45 MySQL (5%)
46 Project Management (4%)
47 iPad (2%)
48 Marketing (2%)
49 CakePHP (2%)
50 Flash (2%)

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