SQL – Third Most In-Demand Skill


There is an article on Elance that says that SQL skills are currently the third, most in-demand skill on the Elance job network

Elance for those of you who’ve never heard of it, is one of the top job sites for freelancers or remote workers or offsite consultants

You may not have heard of Elance because you’ve always worked a full-time job and you don’t know much about the freelancing or moonlighting world or perhaps you have worked freelance jobs, but for some reason, have never heard of Elance.

Whatever your reason, I would like to introduce Elance to you as a job site worth checking out in the current recession.

Elance is a site you go to for freelance / remote / offsite work in web design, database development, web programming, technical writing, writing, business analysis and a whole suite of other professional careers.

Note that there are several types of database platforms available in the market including Oracle, SQL Server, Microsoft Access, MySQL. Also note that a relational database may be in-demand in one job site and not in the other.

For example, a relational database (rdbms) platform may be the hottest, in-demand database skill on Monster but not on Elance.

So, in this article on Elance, 1200 MySQL projects were posted in the last 30 days. Click here to read the rest of the article

I would love to hear from you, your take on this …

  1. Have you used Elance or any freelancing job site?
  2. Why do you think that SQL is the third most in-demand skill on Elance?
  3. Are you planning to checkout any Freelance sites or would you focus exclusively on full-time job sites?

8 Responses to "SQL – Third Most In-Demand Skill"

  1. kouther   March 10, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Greetings Kingsley,

    Is SQL knowledge needed for Software QA Testing? Is there any information of QA Tester (IT) job prospect etc. Thanks

  2. Douglas   February 18, 2009 at 6:29 am

    Greetings Kingsley,

    I don’t know about changes yet. Still deciding.


  3. Linda   February 17, 2009 at 9:14 am

    What are the first two?


  4. Douglas   February 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Hi Kingsley,

    So what is the number 1 and number 2 most in demand skills?



    • Kingsley Tagbo   February 16, 2009 at 11:02 pm

      Hey Douglas … how are you?

      I wish I knew for certain what the first two are … the job search network in question only published the results for the third, most in-demand skill and for the ten most in demand skills.

      Are you planning to make any changes to your career or study plan based on this information?


  5. Kingsley Tagbo   February 15, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Remember that this list is specific to Elance and is not the same for Monster or Dice or other job / recruitment markets & networks

  6. Parag Shah   February 15, 2009 at 9:52 am


    if the SQL is the 3rd most in demand skill. What would be the first two?


    • Kingsley Tagbo   February 15, 2009 at 10:09 am


      Excellent question … I did some research and what I came up with was the Top 10 Skills in Demand … (list is not ordered):

      PHP Programming
      HTML Coding
      Graphic Design
      CSS Programming
      Search Engine Optimization
      Article Writing
      Content Writing


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