Upwork released a study that covers the top 20 fastest growing skills for freelancers. Number one on the list is Blockchain, followed by TensorFlow, Machine Learning, Information Security, and more. We’ve rounded up 10 courses that cover a few of the in-demand topics freelancers search for so you can start upskilling today:
1. Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects – University of California San Diego
This course gives you easy access to the invaluable learning techniques used by experts in art, music, literature, math, science, sports, and many other disciplines. You’ll learn about the how the brain uses two very different learning modes and how it encapsulates (“chunks”) of information. No matter what your skill levels in topics you would like to master, you can change your thinking and change your life.
2. Machine Learning with TensorFlow on Google Cloud Platform Specialization – Google Cloud
Learn how to write distributed machine learning models that scale in TensorFlow, scale out the training of those models and offer high-performance predictions. You will experiment with end-to-end Machine Learning (ML), starting from building an ML-focused strategy and progressing into model training, optimization, and productionalization with hands-on labs using Google Cloud Platform.
3. Blockchain Specialization – The State University of New York & The University at Buffalo
This specialization introduces blockchain and will prepare you to program on the Ethereum blockchain. The four courses will provide you with an understanding and working knowledge of foundational blockchain concepts, a skill set for designing and implementing smart contracts, methods for developing decentralized applications on the blockchain, and information about the ongoing specific industry-wide blockchain frameworks.
4. Getting started with Augmented Reality – Institut Mines-Télécom
This course will teach you the basics of developing mobile applications using Mixed and Augmented Reality (MAR) technologies. Through hands-on projects, you’ll learn practical techniques to rapidly and easily prototype three different applications for Android smartphones and tablets – even with no previous coding experience. Whatever your background, you’ll learn how to design cutting-edge visual experiences that will enhance your job prospects.
5. Information Security: Context and Introduction – University of London
In this course you will explore information security through some introductory material and gain an appreciation of the scope and context around the subject. This includes a brief introduction to cryptography, security management and network and computer security that allows you to begin the journey into the study of information security and develop your appreciation of some key information security concepts.
6. Python for Everybody Specialization – University of Michigan
This Specialization builds on the success of the Python for Everybody course and will introduce fundamental programming concepts including data structures, networked application program interfaces, and databases, using the Python programming language. In the Capstone Project, you’ll use the technologies learned throughout the Specialization to design and create your own applications for data retrieval, processing, and visualization.
7. Functional Programming in Scala Specialization – Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Discover how to write elegant code that works the first time it is run. This Specialization provides a hands-on introduction to functional programming using the widespread programming language, Scala. A final capstone project will allow you to apply the skills you learned by building a large data-intensive application using real-world data.
8. Digital Marketing Specialization – University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Master strategic marketing concepts and tools to address brand communication in a digital world. You’ll learn about several aspects of the new digital marketing environment, including topics such as digital marketing analytics, search engine optimization, social media marketing, and 3D Printing.
9. Fundamentals of Graphic Design – California Institute of the Arts
This course will teach you the fundamental principles of graphic design: image making, typography, composition, and working with color and shape. These are foundational skills that are common in all areas of graphic design. This course will offer you lots of opportunities to get your hands dirty with exercises and with practical projects.
10. Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills – University of Michigan
Negotiation is the key to business success. No business can survive without profitable contracts and within a company, negotiation skills can lead to your career advancement. In this course, you’ll learn to plan a negotiation strategy, key tactics for success, and how to create a contract.