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The 20 fastest-growing skills for freelancers

It probably won't come as a surprise that technology dominates the list of in-demand skills for independent workers.

But can you guess the fastest-growing skill of all?

Upwork released its quarterly skills index, and for the first time, virtual reality topped the list.

Hot on VR's heels are various forms of artificial intelligence, including natural language processing, neural networks, and machine learning.

Also a large share of the skills? Marketing, which accounted for 1/3 of the top 20.

Check out the full list of skills here.

Nathan Bransford Nathan Bransford is the author of "How to Write a Novel" and the "Jacob Wonderbar" series. He blogs about the writing and publishing process at

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