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39 Online Jobs that Grew as the U.S. Economy Shrank in Q4
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39 Online Jobs that Grew as the U.S. Economy Shrank in Q4

This morning we got news that the U.S. economy unexpectedly shrank in the final quarter of 2012, apparently due to big cutbacks in defense spending. But during the same period, dozens of online job categories saw a worldwide increase, according to Freelancer.com, one of the biggest cloud labor sites around.

Freelancer.com uses data from its huge marketplace for work that can be performed online to track cloud-based job trends.

Some of the highlights from the end of last year include more people making a living off eBay, website hosting services, software and website testing. There were some losers, as well. Freelancer.com says "social media and Internet Marketing jobs continue to fall out of favour in the wake of constant platform and search index changes."

Using clearly crowdsourced data extracted from 261,003 jobs posted on Freelancer.com in Q4 2012, up from 230,614 in Q3, here's how the top 50 online job categories fared:

Rank Job Category Q4 Q3 Increase
1 Web Hosting 4059 118 3340%
2 Software Testing 5200 196 2554%
3 Website Testing 3923 182 2055%
4 Website Management 4073 551 639%
5 Engineering 2477 408 507%
6 Amazon Web Services 1895 335 466%
7 Powerpoint 1253 306 309%
8 Windows Desktop 1923 475 305%
9 Word 4578 1474 211%
10 Email Marketing 1003 351 186%
11 Icon Design 1007 429 135%
12 Book Writing 1300 623 109%
13 Software Architecture 12127 5897 106%
14 Copy Typing 12897 6917 86%
15 PDF 2444 1375 78%
16 XML 1479 858 72%
17 Technical Writing 3495 2092 67%
18 Translation 3297 2100 57%
19 Linux 2185 1412 55%
20 Academic Writing 5403 3506 54%
21 SQL 1810 1308 38%
22 Accounting 1035 757 37%
23 Script Install 1947 1450 34%
24 C# Programming 2750 2103 31%
25 User Interface / IA 2777 2155 29%
26 Java 3277 2560 28%
27 MySQL 14024 11002 27%
28 CSS 9015 7098 27%
29 Web Scraping 3189 2511 27%
30 Research 2669 2111 26%
31 ASP 1500 1187 26%
32 HTML5 3827 3038 26%
33 3D Animation 1655 1328 25%
34 3D Modelling 1466 1187 24%
35 eBay 1790 1469 22%
36 Illustration 1555 1290 21%
37 Visual Basic 1630 1372 19%
38 jQuery / Prototype 3527 2972 19%
39 Android            4282 4002 7%
40 Internet Marketing 15244 15458 -1.4%
41 eCommerce 3862 3931 -1.8%
42 Link Building 6844 7066 -3.1%
43 SEO 10159 10505 -3.3%
44 Shopping Carts 2944 3059 -3.8%
45 iPhone 5298 5508 -3.8%
46 Social Networking 5820 6131 -5.1%
47 Twitter 2240 2392 -6.4%
48 Facebook 6581 7186 -8.4%
49 iPad 2036 2376 -14%
50 BPO 2946 4493 -34
 

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