Travel journalists watch a virtual reality presentation given by United Airlines as part of their new international business class dubbed United Polaris in New York, U.S. June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

This job skill has grown the fastest among freelancers in the past few months

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Only about 100 freelancers listed virtual reality development as a skill in the job site Upwork in 2016. That number now increased to about 2,500 freelancers.

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Travel journalists watch a virtual reality presentation given by United Airlines as part of their new international business class dubbed United Polaris in New York, U.S. June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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That skill had the fastest growth since last year among the abilities mentioned by freelancers in Upwork.

Travel journalists watch a virtual reality presentation given by United Airlines as part of their new international business class dubbed United Polaris in New York, U.S. June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Fastest-growing skills for freelancers in the second quarter of 2017 according to Upwork:

1. Virtual reality
2. Natural language processing
3. Econometrics
4. Learning Management System
5. Neural networks
6. Penetration testing
7. SEO auditing
8. Image processing
9. Asana work tracking
10. Facebook API development

Travel journalists watch a virtual reality presentation given by United Airlines as part of their new international business class dubbed United Polaris in New York, U.S. June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Though still not entirely mainstream, virtual reality is becoming more well-known. Headsets are getting cheaper, and some companies are distributing them for free.

Travel journalists watch a virtual reality presentation given by United Airlines as part of their new international business class dubbed United Polaris in New York, U.S. June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Companies across many industries, as diverse as Ikea, Marriott, Disney, and Toyota, are developing virtual reality experiences for their customers.

Travel journalists watch a virtual reality presentation given by United Airlines as part of their new international business class dubbed United Polaris in New York, U.S. June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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The list of fastest growing skills also includes other tech capabilities, many related to artificial intelligence (like machine learning and neural networks).

Travel journalists watch a virtual reality presentation given by United Airlines as part of their new international business class dubbed United Polaris in New York, U.S. June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Virtual reality was not even on the list in the first quarter of the year. While a skill would have a half-life of decades in the past, now some become obsolete in a matter of months.

Travel journalists watch a virtual reality presentation given by United Airlines as part of their new international business class dubbed United Polaris in New York, U.S. June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Fastest-growing skills for freelancers in the first quarter of 2017 according to Upwork:

1. Asana work tracking
2. Artificial intelligence
3. Rapid prototyping
4. Immigration law
5. Natural language processing
6. Instagram marketing
7. A/B testing
8. Twilio API development
9. C++ development
10. Swift development

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