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TOP NYC Freelance Industries

News October 03, 2016


Over the past few years, NYC’s unemployment rate has steadily declined. As the gig economy continues to surge in popularity, more industries and individuals are turning to freelance work—leading to more job opportunities and a growing workforce.

rateHere are five industries in NYC that are embracing the gig economy and experiencing strong growth.

Marketing and Advertising



NYC is one of the largest advertising and marketing hubs in the world. Currently, LinkedIn sources about 12,000 marketing positions in NYC alone—2,000 being entry-level. Although there’s growing opportunity within the digital marketing space, there’s also a lot of competition. Having prior experience, such as an internship or a freelance portfolio will help you stand out among competition.

Business Consulting


Top management consultancies such as KPMG, Deloitte and Ernst & Young hire a sizable volume of professionals on an ongoing basis. In fact, Deloitte has almost 1,400 jobs listed on its careers page—400 of which are in NYC. Top companies in this field often turn to freelance workers to fill these positions or get help with short-term projects. Freelance consulting is also popular among seasoned professionals looking to leave their 9 to 5 jobs behind.



New York City has the third-largest hotel market in the nation, and it shows no signs of slowing down. The number of jobs in the industry increased by 29 percent from 2006 to 2015, and employment reached 50,100 jobs in 2015. The hotel industry also generates thousands of jobs in outside sectors, including repair services, cleaning and carpentry, making it a great space for freelancers of all types.


Silicon Valley isn’t the only place booming with opportunities in the startup and tech space. Silicon Alley, New York City’s startup sector, has more than 18,000 jobs up for grabs and generated more than $7.3 billion in venture capital investment in 2015 alone. These companies are constantly looking for help with creative, legal, marketing, research and sales projects—meaning there are endless opportunities for freelancers.





As New York City’s population continues to grow, so does its healthcare industry. The healthcare space offers a variety of job opportunities, including technicians, home health aides, physical therapists, nurses and administrative workers. With such a wide-range of jobs available, workers from all sectors and with differing skill levels are welcome—making it the perfect industry for freelancers just starting out.


No matter your expertise or experience level, there’s a place for you in today’s growing and evolving NYC workforce. Thanks to the rapid adoption of freelancing and freelance work, industries of all kinds are becoming more open—leading to more opportunities for people to use their skills and expertise to help others.