Demand for Social Media, Mobile Development Skills Soaring: Report

Demand for social media skills has soared in the past year, according to the latest “Online Talent Report” from popular freelancing jobs site, Elance, not just for marketers but for developers, as businesses look to build applications that tap into social networks. But as the report — a sort of “Hot 100” for freelance skills that’s based on data collected from the jobs posted on the site — makes clear, the most coveted skills are those focused on developing for mobile devices.

The number of developer jobs in the Mobile category nearly doubled in the first quarter of 2010 from the same period the year before, according to Elance. It’s worth noting that the iPad (s aapl) made its debut in the Top 50 IT Skills List in this edition of the report, even though the period it covers stretches back to before the device went on sale.

Demands for cloud computing-related skills are on the rise as well, with Amazon Web Services and related technologies moving up the Top 50 IT Skills List  (if you’re interested in cloud computing, you should check out our Structure conference in June).

As I’ve pointed out before, while the Elance data is worth noting, you have to take it with a large pinch of salt as it only covers jobs posted on Elance and as such, is not representative of the wider market. Also, some of the job categories in the report sound very similar, and likely overlap — how different is “Online Writing” from “Web Content,” for example?

Are you seeing an increase in demand for your social media skills?

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