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Upwork releases report on fastest-growing freelance skills in the U.S.

Upwork's quarterly skills index for 2016 Q4 is out – and tech-savvy freelancers have reason to rejoice! User experience design has made the list three quarters straight, and the demand for workers skilled in Swift, Tableau, MySQL programming, and Machine learning are on the rise.

Most notably, "Natural learning processing" tops the list. According to Upwork, the holidays saw increased adoption of voice-activated assistants among consumers. Are voice-controlled devices the next big thing?

Find out if you're in shape to take on 2017 Q1; see the full list below:

  1. Natural language processing
  2. Swift
  3. Tableau
  4. Amazon Marketplace Web Services (MWS)
  5. Stripe
  6. Instagram marketing
  7. MySQL programming
  8. Unbounce
  9. Social media management
  10. AngularJS
  11. Business consulting
  12. Machine learning
  13. Brand strategy
  14. 3D rendering
  15. Information security
  16. R development
  17. Node.js development
  18. User experience design
  19. Bluetooth
  20. Zendesk customer support

Do you plan on brushing up on your skill set based on this list? Let us know and learn more about Upwork's quarterly report here.

Laura Murphy A new soul and media geek, Laura writes about community, poetry and pop culture.

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