xcode 6Upwork, the largest global freelancing website, today shared a list of the top 20 fastest growing skills in the U.S. freelance job market, providing a closer look at trends in the industry.

Apple's design framework for iOS and tvOS apps, UIKit, and its development tool, Xcode, both made the list in the second quarter of 2018:

  1. Blockchain

  2. Google Cloud Platform

  3. Volusion

  4. Risk management

  5. Product photography

  6. Rapid prototyping

  7. Google App Engine API

  8. SCORM

  9. GitLab

  10. Go development

  11. Apple UIKit

  12. Enterprise architecture

  13. Tensorflow

  14. Atlassian Confluence

  15. Apple Xcode

  16. eLearning

  17. Customer retention

  18. Articulate storyline

  19. Node.js

  20. Scala development

Upwork says more companies are seeking freelance developers with Xcode knowledge to build their apps, causing an "increase in demand" for experience with the tool. UIKit also saw "high growth" last quarter, making its first appearance on the list.

Upwork shared a list of relevant online courses for each skill listed, including UIKit and Xcode, for those interested in getting started.

Tags: Xcode, UIKit

Top Rated Comments

HumpYourWayUp Avatar
39 months ago
Mobile programming is not boring
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fairuz Avatar
39 months ago
React Native makes UIKit and Xcode a non-issue for many applications. Discord only has one iOS dev, and he mostly just takes the JS/HTML from the website and puts it into the app. Javascript has plenty of problems but is easier to deal with in the end.

The whole UIViewController/UIView setup with both storyboards and programmatic layout is an utter mess. I tried RN for the first time recently, and it's so much easier to lay stuff out. Man, I've wasted so much time on UIKit. That and Redux and other data model tools are way simpler than sucky CoreData.
[doublepost=1533064068][/doublepost]
In the 90's the skill to have was to be able to make websites. Now it's pretty intense Xcode to make apps.
And programming in Xcode feels like it's still the 90s, except at least in the 90s you had Vi. I find it actually easier to manipulate strings in C than in Swift, and I've used both equally.
[doublepost=1533065027][/doublepost]
Apps lilke Atom, Slack, Skype, Flow etc. are not real apps?
Although generally I don't like the idea of writing those kind of apps in something like javascript. JS is and remains a horrible language.

Not quiet sure what to make out of that list. Top 20 fastest growing skills in the U.S. freelance job market doesn't mean much. If MyCrazyLanguage had 1 request last year and 3 requests this year, it is fast growing but otherwise is not a significant skill to learn.
Slack is a total PoS. The app is unresponsive too often and takes too much memory for something that's just messaging. Discord is a much better example.

Also, yeah. Blockchain is on the top of that list. Nobody is really a blockchain dev, unless you count Ethereum "dapps" in that, and even then it's rare.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
now i see it Avatar
39 months ago
In the 90's the skill to have was to be able to make websites. Now it's pretty intense Xcode to make apps.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DeepIn2U Avatar
39 months ago
Well I like both sides of this conversation yet I’ll take the side of ‘hump’ just cause well, his name sounds like the kind of FUN I want to have (in life and on my way up to the pearly gates! Isn’t that what heaven should be like? ;) )
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chrono1081 Avatar
39 months ago
Mobile programming is still boring. An open AND portable platform like HTML5/JavaScript/CSS is mandatory for making mobile programming less frustrating.
Web technologies aren't suitable for real apps. They're not suitable for basic apps. Every place I've worked at has banned the use of shitware tools like Xamarin, Phonegap, Cordova, Titanium and the like because while the idea behind them is good, the execution is terrible and provides awful user experience.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bbeagle Avatar
39 months ago

Although generally I don't like the idea of writing those kind of apps in something like javascript. JS is and remains a horrible language.
Which is why most of us developers don't use raw javascript anymore. We use something like typescript, which compiles down to javascript.
[doublepost=1533060166][/doublepost]
Mobile programming is still boring. An open AND portable platform like HTML5/JavaScript/CSS is mandatory for making mobile programming less frustrating.
Mobile programming is definitely NOT boring. I love it, and love coming to work everyday to develop for mobile platforms. Bootstrap and Angular/typescript help on the HTML5/JS/CSS side. Xcode is challenging in the beginning, but it's fun once you get used to it.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

REC ASA CODE2016 20160601 205816 2745

Elon Musk Reportedly Demanded to Become Apple CEO as Part of Potential Tesla Acquisition [Update: Musk Denies]

Friday July 30, 2021 9:04 am PDT by
Tesla CEO Elon Musk reportedly once demanded that he be made Apple CEO in a brief discussion of a potential acquisition with Apple's current CEO, Tim Cook. The claim comes in a new book titled "Power Play: Tesla, Elon Musk and the Bet of the Century," as reviewed by The Los Angeles Times. According to the book, during a 2016 phone call between Musk and Cook that touched on the possibility of ...
General Apps Messages

Android iMessage Competitor Puts Pressure on Apple

Friday July 30, 2021 3:15 am PDT by
Google and the three major U.S. carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, will all support a new communications protocol on Android smartphones starting in 2022, a move that puts pressure on Apple to adopt a new cross-platform messaging standard and may present a challenge to iMessage. Verizon recently announced that it is planning to adopt Messages by Google as its default messaging...
iPhone 13 Always On Feature

iPhone 13 to Bring Over a Major Feature From the Apple Watch

Wednesday July 28, 2021 2:21 am PDT by
Apple's upcoming iPhone 13 lineup will feature an always-on display akin to the Apple Watch Series 5 and Series 6, according to recent reports. In his weekly Power On newsletter, Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman, who often reveals accurate insights into Apple's plans, said that the iPhone 13 may feature an Apple Watch-inspired always-on mode. The Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch...
duracell battery bitter coating

Apple Says Don't Buy AirTag Replacement Batteries With Bitter Coating

Wednesday July 28, 2021 11:08 am PDT by
Since AirTags were just released earlier this year and are expected to have a year-long battery life, it may be some time yet before AirTag users need a replacement battery, but when the time comes for a refresh, Apple is warning customers not to buy batteries with a bitter coating. AirTags use coin-shaped CR2032 batteries, which happen to be a size that's easy to swallow. Some battery...
a15 chip

iPhone 13 and Redesigned MacBook Pro Chip Production Hit With Gas Contamination

Friday July 30, 2021 5:44 am PDT by
The most important TSMC factory that manufactures Apple's chips destined for next-generation iPhone and Mac models has been hit by a gas contamination, according to Nikkei Asia. The factory, known as "Fab 18," is TSMC's most advanced chipmaking facility. TSMC is Apple's sole chip supplier, making all of the processors used in every Apple device with a custom silicon chip. Industry...
apple rtp land

Apple Preparing to Occupy 200,000 Square Feet of Temporary Space Ahead of New $1 Billion North Carolina Campus

Thursday July 29, 2021 9:14 am PDT by
Back in April, Apple announced a $430 billion investment over the next five years to create more than 20,000 new jobs as the company continues to expand. One significant piece of that plan is a new engineering and research center in North Carolina where Apple will be investing over $1 billion and hiring at least 3,000 employees. Assemblage of seven properties in Research Triangle Park owned by ...
Apple Leak Feature

Apple Demands Leaker Reveals Sources Under Threat of Being Reported to Police

Wednesday July 28, 2021 6:53 am PDT by
Apple has sent a cease and desist letter to a leaker based in China as part of its continuing attempts to curtail leaks of unreleased products, according to Vice. A Chinese citizen who shared images of stolen Apple prototypes on social media was sent a warning letter from Fangda Partners, Apple's law firm in China, on June 18, 2021. An extract from the letter read:You have disclosed without ...
macos monterey tidbits feature copy

Apple Releases New macOS 12 Monterey Public Beta

Wednesday July 28, 2021 10:19 am PDT by
Apple today seeded the third public beta of the macOS 12 Monterey beta to public beta testers, allowing non-developers to test the new macOS Monterey software ahead of its public release. The third beta comes two weeks after Apple released the second macOS Monterey public beta. Public beta testers can download the macOS 12 Monterey update from the Software Update section of the System...
iOS 15 General Feature Purple

Apple Releases New Public Betas of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15

Wednesday July 28, 2021 10:16 am PDT by
Apple today seeded the third betas of iOS and iPadOS 15 to public beta testers, allowing non-developers to download and test the new updates ahead of their fall release. The third public betas come two weeks after Apple released the second public betas. Public beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program can download the iOS and iPadOS 15 updates over the air after...
nothing ear 1 buds 1

Nothing 'Ear (1)' True Wireless Earbuds Launch to Take on AirPods Pro With ANC and Unusual Design for $99

Tuesday July 27, 2021 7:57 am PDT by
Nothing, a new brand from OnePlus founder Carl Pei, has today officially launched the "Ear (1)" true wireless earbuds after months of anticipation around the company's AirPods Pro rival. The Ear (1) features an in-ear design, Active Noise Cancelation, Bluetooth 5.2, IPX4 water resistance, and a charging case with Qi-compatible wireless charging and a USB-C port. Fast pairing is supported on...