The 50 Fastest Growing Online Jobs for 2012 Reprises Apple's Dominance over Android

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By Christine Gaylican | July 17, 2012 3:03 PM EST

Online job trends now favor what the technology landscape dictates, according to the latest Freelancer.com data collating some 190,000 jobs posted on its site creating some 2.3 million projects in the first six months of 2012.

"We truly are at an inflexion point of the technology landscape", explains Freelancer.com CEO, Matt Barrie. "We're seeing the changing of the guard across the technology industry when we examine our incredibly detailed online jobs data". 

Mr. Barrie points out that the two clear trends are evident: firstly, user activity is moving to mobile devices and the trend won't be reversing any time soon as the other 5 billion people on this planet join the Internet, primarily through mobile.

Secondly, Mr. Barrie notes that  the Internet is becoming more interactive, and the technologies that are winning and will continue to win are open standards like HTML5 and jQuery, to the detriment of the incumbents proprietary technology providers like Adobe and Microsoft.

Top Online Job Trends

One App Store to rule them all: Tables turn as Apple iOS accelerates, leaving Android in its dust. We reported previously that Android was expected to overtake the Apple iPhone by the end of 2012 for the rate of release of new applications delivered to the platform. Android jobs had been previously growing faster than those for the iPhone.

On the back of an IDC report showing dropping interest by developers in the Android platform, and further reports of lower relative earnings in the Android marketplace, this quarter, the rate of growth for new iPhone apps exploded, growing 30% to 5,112 new jobs, leaving Android reeling in its wake (up 20% to 3,444 jobs).

 This compares to Q1, where iPhone apps were up 27% and Android up 26%. iPad jobs accelerated even faster, increasing its quarter on quarter growth rate from 19% in Q1 to 26% in Q2 (to 2,308 jobs) on the back of the launch of the highly successful iPad 2 in the previous quarter.

Generic Mobile Phone jobs across the board were up a whopping 36% to 5,709.   Next quarter's Fast 50 will be interesting as Apple released a major update to its flagship mobile operating system, iOS6, as a beta in June, with Google hot on its heels with the release of Android Jelly Bean.   

Google changes sends Internet Marketing industry into panic.

With four updates of Google Panda in the quarter, and the release of Google Penguin in April, traffic rankings have gone haywire as Google begun a concerted effort to make search engine return pages more relevant to users (or, as some wags comment, more revenue for Google).   

This has created great confusion right across the Internet Marketing industry (down 5.6% to 13,848 jobs), sending SEO (down  7.3%, to 9397 jobs) and Link Building projects (down 8.3%, to 6529 jobs) tumbling.

Article Rewriting and Article Submission also headed for the hills as the fight against low quality content rages (down 9.3%, to 6298 jobs and down 4.0% to 2681 jobs, respectively).  

Telemarketing was up strongly on lower volumes, perhaps as marketers look to other areas (up 11% to 1,104 jobs).  

 Businesses look to weather the economic downturn with Business Process Outsourcing (BPO): Back-office positions, from virtual assistants to data entry clerks, were up strongly across the board.

Virtual Assistants were up 18% to 3,770 jobs, demand for MS Word processing skyrocketed 119% to 1,594 jobs; Data Processing (up 16% to 21,274 jobs) and MS Excel (up 13% to 22,947 jobs) also rose quite significantly this quarter.  

Open Standards dominate the Fast 50 and Web. Web 2.0 technologies and their underlying open standards and technologies continued to rise.

HTML5 continued to grow strongly this quarter, rising 20% (to 2,108 jobs). Interactive web technology Query (up 17% to 2,247 jobs) also zoomed up the charts.

User Interface jobs had a stellar quarter, up 42% to 1,756. This activity has been at the expense of the web dinosaur and Fast 50 perennial loser Microsoft; .

NET jobs fell off the edge of a cliff this quarter (down 39% to 2,919), and ASP jobs dropped 13% to 1,084.   Facebook IPO fizzer spills over into fall in Social Media jobs.

Facebook related jobs fell dramatically this quarter (down 14%, to 6,510 jobs), as advertisers and Social Media experts started to question the effectiveness and ROI of social media advertising on the back of damning reports from customers during the Facebook public offering.

On the back of reports that Fortune 500s including General Motors were pulling their big ticket advertising budgets with the social media giant, Freelancer.com saw the wind disappear from the sails of the Social Media boat, with Twitter projects dropping 1.3% to 2184 and Social Media jobs stalling at 1.1% growth to 5308 jobs.

Rank

Category

Q2 2012

Q1 2012

Growth

1

Word

1594

728

118.96%

2

Web Scraping

3232

2025

59.60%

3

Objective C

1809

1140

58.68%

4

User Interface / IA

1756

1234

42.30%

5

Mobile Phone

5709

4209

35.64%

6

iPhone

5112

3926

30.21%

7

iPad

2308

1826

26.40%

8

C Programming

2501

2068

20.94%

9

Android

3444

2859

20.46%

10

HTML5

2108

1763

19.57%

11

PDF

1647

1385

18.92%

12

Virtual Assistant

3770

3202

17.74%

13

jQuery / Prototype

2247

1927

16.61%

14

Data Processing

21274

18331

16.05%

15

Excel

22947

20282

13.14%

16

Software Architecture

5095

4530

12.47%

17

Shopping Carts

2647

2370

11.69%

18

Telemarketing

1104

999

10.51%

19

Banner Design

1810

1672

8.25%

20

Technical Writing

2250

2119

6.18%

21

Copy Typing

2835

2709

4.65%

22

Logo Design

5768

5569

3.57%

23

Linux

1270

1239

2.50%

24

Magento

1752

1723

1.68%

25

Social Networking

5308

5250

1.10%

26

Website Design

23098

22945

0.67%

27

Data Entry

30943

30805

0.45%

28

Illustrator

2096

2103

-0.33%

29

HTML

22281

22533

-1.12%

30

Twitter

2184

2213

-1.31%

31

Flash

2522

2594

-2.78%

32

PHP

29381

30254

-2.89%

33

Article Submission

2681

2792

-3.98%

34

Proofreading

1377

1447

-4.84%

35

Internet Marketing

13848

14667

-5.58%

36

AJAX

3709

3978

-6.76%

37

Report Writing

1220

1313

-7.08%

38

SEO

9397

10133

-7.26%

39

C++ Programming

1921

2074

-7.38%

40

Link Building

6529

7120

-8.30%

41

C# Programming

1935

2122

-8.81%

42

Article Rewriting

6298

6941

-9.26%

43

Blog

3581

4086

-12.36%

44

Customer Support

1022

1171

-12.72%

45

Facebook

6510

7537

-13.63%

46

Articles

11282

13064

-13.64%

47

Academic Writing

3579

4219

-15.17%

48

eBay

1042

1284

-18.85%

49

Classifieds Posting

661

826

-19.98%

50

.NET

2919

4748

-38.52%

  "Companies in industries from consumer electronics to financial services tell us they're no longer sure Facebook is the best place to dedicate their social marketing budget-a shocking fact given the site's dominance among users," said Nate Elliott, an analyst at market research firm Forrester, in a recent company blog post.

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