The Top IT Skills in 2009

Last Updated Dec 21, 2009 11:50 PM EST

You probably already know about Elance, the online job auction site. Last summer, I told you about their monthly online work index, which tracks the jobs most in demand on their site.

Well, it's the end of the year, so wouldn't you know that they've published the top 10 most-wanted IT skills for the year along with their results for December. If you're job hunting --online or the traditional way -- this is a good list to check out.

The top 10 IT skills for all of 2009 include: PHP, HTML, CSS, WordPress, MySQL, AJAX, and Adobe Flash.

And here's the Elance top 25 for December:

  1. PHP
  2. HTML
  3. Article Writing
  4. Graphic Design
  5. Content Writing
  6. CSS
  7. MySQL
  8. WordPress
  9. Adobe Flash
  10. Photoshop
  11. Web Content
  12. JavaScript
  13. Data Entry
  14. Admin Assistant
  15. Creative Writing
  16. Copywriting
  17. Internet Marketing
  18. SEO
  19. Illustrator
  20. Business Writing
  21. Editing
  22. AJAX
  23. Joomla!
  24. Grammar
  25. XHTML
Beyond the top 25 entries, I found it interesting that blogging is #28, Microsoft Excel is at #41, and video editing brings up the rear at #100.

As you can see, the list is an interesting mix of generalized skills (like writing, editing, and admin assistant) with specific skills, like PHP and XHTML. And I remain as confused as ever about Elance's bizarre distinction between different kinds of writing, like "article writing" and "content writing." But if nothing else, this list can give you a good indication of what sorts of skills are in demand and what you might want to brush up on -- or reorder in your resume. Check out the complete top 100 at Elance.