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Accounting and Consulting

This list contains specializations within Accounting & Consulting.

Specialty Description
Accounting & Bookkeeping Accounting is the formal record keeping of financial transactions for a business or organization based on the laws and regulations of each country.
Financial Planning Bookkeeping is the activity of tracking and maintaining records of a company's financial information and activities.
Human Resources Business analysis is the process of identifying needs and finding solutions to business problems.
Management Consulting and Analysis Financial modeling involves creating an analysis of the financial results against the budget/forecast as well as modeling the forecast in order to enable business decisions.
Financial Management / CFO Financial management covers all the planning, organization, and coordination tasks associated with managing financial resources.
HR Administration HR administration involves managing internal employee databases, maintaining company policy, and implementing general human resource administrative tasks.
Instructional Design Instructional design involves the design and development of online courses, manuals, tutorials, and other instructional materials.
Management Consulting Management consulting is the process of helping companies improve their performance and grow.
Recruiting Recruiting is the process of attracting and appointing suitable candidates for jobs within a company.
Tax Preparation Tax preparation is the process of preparing tax returns for an individual or business entities.
Training & Development Training and development is the process of increasing an organization's effectiveness through various training and employee development approaches that focus on increasing individual and team performance.
Admin Support

This list contains specializations within Admin Support.

Specialty Description
Data Entry Data entry is the process of entering data into a computer system or updating an existing data table.
Online Research Online research involves data scraping, datamining, and general use of search engines to collect data from the internet.
Order Processing Order processing is the process of selecting, packing, and sending items to a shipping carrier.
Project Management Project management is the process of managing tasks and resources in order to complete a project.
Transcription Transcription is the process of converting audio and video to text. Examples include interview transcripts or film subtitles.
Virtual Assistance Virtual administrative assistance involves providing administrative assistance to clients remotely.
Customer Service

This list contains specializations within Customer Service.

Specialty Description
Customer Service Customer service is assistance provided by a company to users of their products and services.
Technical Support Tech support involves providing assistance to consumers of a technical product or service.
Data Science and Analysis

This list contains specializations within Data Science & Analytics.

Specialty Description
A/B Testing A/B testing is a process of conducting a randomized experiment with two variants of a unit under test.
Bandits Multi-armed bandit experiments are a type of split testing that self-optimizes for the desired result as it is being performed.
Data Analytics Data analysis includes inspecting and modeling data in order to discover useful information and inform decision-making.
Data Engineering Data engineering is the process of designing, building, and maintaining data infrastructure.
Data Extraction Data extraction is the process of retrieving data from various sources for further processing or storage.
Data Mining Data mining is the process of examining datasets for anomalies, correlations, and other patterns.
Data Processing Data processing is the act of collecting and manipulating data to produce meaningful information.
Data Visualization Data visualization is involved in the creation and study of visual representations of data.
Deep Learning Deep learning is a subset of machine learning that involves the use of multilayer neural networks.
Experimentation & Testing Experimentation involves testing a product or service with the goal of innovation. Testing involves the validation of a product or service.
Knowledge Representation Knowledge representation involves processing data and information into a form that can be used by a computer to solve a complex task.
Machine Learning Machine learning involves using algorithms and statistical models to build software that can learn and improve without explicit programming.
Design and Creative

This list contains specializations within Design & Creative.

Specialty Description
2D Animation 2D animation is creating characters, storyboards, and backgrounds in two-dimensional environments.
3D Animation 3D animation involves creating 3D objects that appear to move in a three-dimensional space.
Actor Acting is the art of portraying a person or character in a performance such as a movie or play.
Art Direction Art direction involves overseeing the artistic aspects of a film, publication, or other media production.
Audio Editing / Post-Production A pattern is a design in which lines, shapes, forms or colors are repeated.
Audio Editing Audio editing / post production includes editing and mixing audio output for speeches, music, videos, and other media.
Audio Production Audio production refers to recording, producing, and synchronizing sounds with film, television, or video.
Brand Identity Design Brand identity design involves creating a company's design message via a brand name, logo, and other visuals.
Brand Strategy Brand strategy is the development of a long-term plan for a brand to achieve specific goals.
Cartoonist Cartooning is the art of sketching, drawing, editing, and sometimes even animating cartoons.
Creative Direction Creative direction involves overseeing the creative vision of a company and using it to create digital and print materials.
Editorial Design Editorial design involves designing the layout and visual aesthetics of books, newspapers, magazines, and online publications.
Exhibit Design Exhibit design involves the development of an exhibit from a concept to a physical exhibition piece.
Fashion Design Fashion design involves applying design techniques and aesthetics to clothing and accessories.
Graphic Design Graphic design involves creating visual media, often using typography, photography, and illustration to communicate ideas.
Illustration Illustration involves creating visual explanations of concepts or processes for books, magazines, online publications or other media.
Image Editing / Retouching Image editing and retouching is the process of altering images, photographs, or illustrations.
Motion Graphics Design Motion graphic design uses graphic design principles in the production of films or videos.
Musician Musicians make music using their voices or instruments such as guitars, pianos, and violins.
Music Composition Musical composition is the process of creating or writing a piece of music.
Music Production Music production is the process of managing the recording and production of music for a band or performer.
Photography Photography is the art of taking, composing, editing, and processing photographs.
Presentation Design Presentation design is the process of manipulating the layout, typography, and imagery of presentations.
Scriptwriting Screenwriting is the process of writing scripts for films, television shows, or video games.
Store Design Store design is the process of designing and constructing retail space using CAD software.
Videographer Videography is the art of recording professionally composed video footage, often for film or marketing.
Video Editing / Post-Production Video editing post-production refers to the process of editing video footage, including adding titles, music, and sound.
Video Production Video production is the process of creating video content through writing, shooting, and editing video footage.
Vocalist A vocalist sings the vocal portion of a song, often backed by accompanying instrumentals.
Voice Talent Voice talent are persons who perform voice-overs for radio, television, films, or presentations.
VR & AR Design Augmented reality (AR) adds digital elements to a live view, and virtual reality (VR) refers to complete immersion experience.
Engineering and Architecture

This list contains specializations within Engineering & Architecture.

Specialty Description
3D Modeling 3D modeling is developing a mathematical representation of an object's surface in three dimensions.
3D Rendering 3D rendering is the process of converting 3d wireframe models into 2D images automatically.
Visualization 3D visualization is the process by which graphical content is created using computer software.
Architecture Architecture is the design of buildings and other structures, often using 3D CAD software.
BIM Modeling Building information modeling (BIM) involves creating digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of buildings.
Biology Biology is the study of plants, microbes, fungi, animals, and other living organisms and the mechanisms that govern life.
CAD Computer-aided design (CAD) is the process of using computers to create, modify, optimize, or analyze a design.
Chemical Engineering Chemical engineering is concerned with developing and designing chemical manufacturing processes.
Chemistry Chemistry is the science of identifying the substances that make up matter, and the investigation of their properties.
Civil Engineering Civil engineering is the design and maintain infrastructure projects in the public and private sector.
Electrical Engineering Electrical engineering studies the application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism.
Electronic Engineering Electronics engineering is a subset of electrical engineering that specializes in design and production of electronics.
Energy Management & Modeling Energy management and modeling involves building computer models of energy systems for analysis and improvement.
Engineering Tutoring Engineering tutoring involves helping students learn engineering concepts so that they can pass their homework, classes, and exams.
Jewelry Design Jewelry design is the profession of designing and creating rings, lockets, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and other jewelry.
Landscape Design Landscape design is the profession of combining nature and culture to create attractive landscapes.
Oil & Gas Engineering Oil and gas engineering is the process of extracting oil and natural gas from reservoirs.
Process Engineering Process engineering is the application of principles which transform raw materials into products.
Quantity Surveying Quantity surveying is the process of managing construction costs, documentation, and contracts.
Structural Engineering Structural engineering is the subset of engineering that deals with human made structures, such as large buildings or bridges.
Sourcing & Procurement Procurement is the process of finding, or sourcing, suppliers to gather raw materials an organization needs for products and services.
HVAC & MEP Design HVAC (heater, ventilation, air conditioning) and MEP Design (mechanical electrical, plumbing) focus on building design and construction.
Hydraulics Engineering Hydraulic engineering involves applying fluid mechanics to solve problems related to the flow and storage of water and other fluids.
Industrial Design Industrial design is concerned with developing concepts and designs for products intended for mass production.
Interior Design Interior design is the art and science of designing the interior of a room or building.
Logistics & Supply Chain Management Logistics and supply chain management is the management of the flow of goods and services from origin to consumption.
Mathematics Mathematics is the science of numbers in relationship to shape, quantity, space, and change.
Mechanical Engineering Mechanical engineering is the field of designing, constructing, and using machines, especially in relation to manufacturing.
PCB Design PCB design is the process of designing printed circuit boards, which are used for physical device routing.
Physics Physics is the science concerned with studying matter and its behavior through space and time.
Product Design Product design is the process of creating a new product or service for an organization.
Science Tutoring Science tutoring involves helping students learn science and math concepts so that they can pass their homework, classes, and exams.
Solar Energy Solar energy is renewable energy from the sun that is converted into thermal or electrical energy.
Wind Energy Wind energy is a renewable energy collected from the wind that is converted into electrical energy.
IT & Networking

This list contains specializations within IT & Networking.

Specialty Description
Database Administration Database administration includes all actions that a database administrator performs to ensure that a database is always available.
DevOps Engineering DevOps engineering involves helping software developers, system operators, and other staff collaborate and enable the rapid deployment of products.
Information Security Information security focuses on preventing unauthorized access, use, or destruction of information for an organization.
Network Administration Network administration is the process of maintaining an organization's networking infrastructure.
Network Security Network security covers the policies, technologies, and practices an organization uses to monitor the misuse of a computer network.
Solutions Architecture Solution architecture involves defining and describing the architecture of a system in terms of a discrete business operation or activity.
System Administration System administration is the management of IT infrastructure, hardware, and software systems.
Systems Architecture Systems architecture is the process of designing models that define the structure and behavior of a system.
Systems Compliance Systems compliance ensures that computer systems comply with legal requirements and minimize harm to consumers due to violations of law
Systems Engineering Systems engineering is concerned with designing and managing complex systems over their entire lifecycle.

This list contains specializations within Legal.

Specialty Description
Business & Corporate Law Corporate law concerns the formation and running of corporations and other businesses. Business law covers acquisitions, mergers, founding, and shareholder rights.
General Counsel A general counsel is the chief lawyer of a company. They manage general matters, work with specialists and, if applicable, manage a business's legal team.
Immigration Law Immigration law focuses on laws and regulations which govern immigration into and emigration or deportation from a country.
Intellectual Property Law Intellectual property law focuses on securing and enforcing legal rights to creative works and inventions.
International Law International law is concerned with the customs or treaties that are recognized by nations as binding in their relations with one another.
Labor & Employment Law Labor and employment law is the field of law which focuses on employee rights and protections and the relationship with trade unions.
Paralegal A paralegal performs legal work under the direct supervision of a lawyer.
Regulatory Law Regulatory law concerns the interpretation of and compliance with regulations based on legislation.
Securities & Finance Law Securities & finance law deals with anything that can be traded on a secondary market, such as stocks, bonds, options, or mutual funds.
Tax Law Tax law focuses on the constitutional, statutory, and regulatory rules of taxation.
Sales and Marketing

This list contains specializations within Sales & Marketing.

Specialty Description
Business Development Business development involves pursuing strategic opportunities for a company, such as cultivating partnerships or identifying new markets.
Campaign Management The process of executing marketing campaigns and measuring and reporting on their effectiveness.
Community Management Community management involves advocating for a brand on any platform that customers may be found, and acting as a bridge between the brand and consumers.
Content Strategy Content strategy is the process of planning, developing, and managing content to support the objectives of an organization.
Digital Marketing Digital marketing includes all marketing that use digital technologies, such as computers, mobile phones, and the internet.
Email Marketing Email marketing is the use of email to promote products or services, and to develop relationships with potential customers.
Lead Generation Lead generation is used in marketing to identify and cultivate potential customers for an organization.
Marketing Automation Marketing automation is the process of using software to automate marketing actions, allowing organizations to be more effective.
Marketing Strategy Marketing strategy is concerned with designing plans to promote and sell a product or service.
Market Research Market research focuses on gathering information about consumer needs and preferences to determine market strategy.
Public Relations Public relations is a strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics.
Search Engine Marketing Search engine marketing is the discipline of increasing a website's visibility in search engine results through paid and organic marketing.
Search Engine Optimization Search engine optimization is the discipline of increasing traffic to a website from organic search engine results.
Social Media Marketing Social media marketing is the process of using social media to promote products and services.
Social Media Strategy Social media strategy is the process of planning and executing what an organization wants to achieve on social media.
Telemarketing Telemarketing is the process of contacting prospective customers to sell products or services.

This list contains specializations within Translation.

Specialty Description
Language Localization Language localization is the process of adapting a product or document content to meet the language, culture, and other requirements of a specific local market.
Language Tutoring Language tutoring involves helping students learn and speak a foreign language.
Legal Translation Legal translation is the process of taking legal text in one language and producing legal text in another language.
Medical Translation Medical translation is the practice of translating documents for marketing, training, clinical, and regulatory purposes, into another language.
Technical Translation Technical translation is the process of translating texts on technology or on the application of science and technology, into another language.
Translation Translation is the process of translating words and meaning from one language into another language.
Web, Mobile, & Software Development

This list contains specializations within Web, Mobile & Software Development.

Specialty Description
AR / VR Development Augmented reality (AR) development is the process of adding computer-generated simulations that integrate the real world. Virtual reality (VR) development is the process of creating a realistic and immersive simulation of a three-dimensional environment.
Automation QA Automation testing is writing scripts and using software to test apps for load, performance, and stress metrics.
Back-End Development Back-end development focuses on the server side of an application, which includes support for retrieving data from the database.
CMS Customization The process of customizing a content management system (CMS), which allows for the creation and modification of digital content.
CMS Development The process of developing a content management system (CMS), which allows for the creation and modification of digital content.
Database Development Database development is the process of working with database technologies to improve a company's IT architecture.
Desktop Software Development Desktop software development involves creating desktop computer software for operating systems such as Mac, Windows, or Linux.
Ecommerce Development Ecommerce development involves building, maintaining, and delivering ecommerce platforms and solutions.
Emerging Tech Emerging technologies cover any tech currently under development which may potentially alter business, cultural, or social environments.
Firmware Development Firmware development involves developing computer software that provides control for a device's hardware.
Front-End Development Front-end development involves developing the user interface for hardware or software using HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
Full Stack Development Full stack development is involved with both the front and back end of a website or application.
Functional QA Functional testing involves creating and running tests that ensure all components of a piece of code or software are operating correctly.
Game Development Game development is the process of creating video games for consoles, mobile devices, and desktop computers.
Mobile App Development Mobile app development is the process of creating apps for mobile devices.
Mobile Design Mobile design involves designing the user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) for mobile applications.
Mobile Game Development Mobile game development is the process of creating video games for mobile devices.
Product Management Product management is the process of developing the strategy and roadmap, and defining the feature requirements.
Prototyping Prototyping is the process of creating a sample or model of a product in order to test
Scripting & Automation Scripting & automation refers to writing code used to automate processes that would otherwise need to be executed step-by-step by a web developer.
Scrum Master A scrum master is the facilitator for an agile development team who makes sure the team follows agile processes and practices.
User Research User research is the process of understanding user behavior, needs, and motivations through qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
UX/UI Design UX/UI design refers to user experience and user interface design, and is concerned with the design of interfaces for software and machines.
Web Design Web design is the process of designing the user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) of a website.

This list contains specializations within Writing.

Specialty Description
Business Writing Business writing focuses on proposals, reports, and other forms of written communications for a company's internal or external audiences.
Career Coaching Career coaching is the process of helping professionals make informed decisions about their career choices.
Content Writing Content writing involves researching, editing, and writing for businesses and organizations.
Copywriting Copywriting involves generating written materials for advertising, publicity, lead-generation, and sales.
Creative Writing Creative writing involves writing fiction and non-fiction, scripts, web content, and other creative works.
Editing & Proofreading Editing involves making changes and suggestions that improve the quality of a piece of writing. Proofreading finds and corrects errors in writing.
Ghostwriting Ghostwriting involves writing books, articles, speeches, or other texts that are credited to another person as the author.
Grant Writing Grant writing involves applying for a financial grant provided by the government, corporation, foundation, or trust.
Technical Writing Technical writing involves creating documentation for technical fields, such as computer hardware and software.
Writing Tutoring Writing tutoring is the process of helping students develop their writing skills.

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