Flexjobs: Top 10 freelance career fields and the soft skills needed for them

Here are the skills freelance job seekers need to succeed in the career categories that have grown by at least 10% since Jan 1st.

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While freelancers feel they have less responsibility than employees, freelancers are more proactive, according to a new report from Flexjobs. The pandemic has pushed 89% of freelancers into training and professional development activities (compared to 81% of non-freelancers). These freelancers have taken actionable steps to advance their careers.

Flexjobs reports:

  • 53% took online professional development courses (compared to 44% of non-freelancers)
  • 52% learned new professional skills (versus 37% of non-freelancers)
  • 50% learned new tools to work remotely (compared to 37% of non-freelancers)
  • 41% took part in virtual training events (compared to 35% of non-freelancers)
  • 35% have studied or acquired a new certification (compared to 26% of non-freelancers)
  • 30% have done volunteer work, internships, projects or part-time jobs to strengthen skills and experience (versus 21% of non-freelancers)
  • 9% have a new degree or have earned a new degree (versus 7% of non-freelancers)

“Our latest survey shows that freelancers are certainly determined to build their skills and grow professionally, and have done so much more often than even non-freelancers during the pandemic,” said Sara Sutton, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “As the entire job market remains extremely competitive, knowing which soft skills to focus on can help freelancers secure their next job in the best possible way.”

Flexjobs’ top 10 freelance career categories grew 10% from January 1st to April 1st and are listed from highest to lowest growth.

  1. therapy
  2. Data entry
  3. accounting
  4. Medicine and health
  5. Accounting and finance
  6. education and training
  7. marketing
  8. Customer service
  9. Project management
  10. Write





Flexjobs designed the survey conducted by PAIRIN, which carried out the research and analysis to identify the critical skills for each category. “An important overarching theme in this group of jobs is that they are relationship-based and service-oriented,” said Dan Hawthorne, director of I / O psychology and senior researcher at PAIRIN, on his blog on the PAIRIN website. “To be a freelancer, the essence of being able to focus on serving others and being interested in working with the quirks of people’s needs while resolving their conflicts and problems at the same time. You are intrinsically motivated, productive, and engaged to be. They also tend to want to use originality and creativity in their work. “

Behavioral skills are often neglected and viewed as secondary to hard skills, but these soft skills determine each person’s drive.

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“At PAIRIN, our science-based competency development tools focus on measuring essential behavioral skills, also known as soft skills, as they have been shown to have the greatest impact on a person’s ability to be successful in business and in life,” said Hawthorne of the Flexjobs blog . “For this study, we collected jobs representative of FlexJobs’ high-growth career paths and examined the top common behavioral skills that 65% of employers say are required for success in these career paths and the 73% employers say there are no applicants. ”

Flexjobs’ survey on the Survey Monkey platform ran from March 17th to April 5th. It comprised 3,545 participants, of whom 640 were identified as full-time or part-time freelancers.

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June 19, 2021