Update to Engineering, Architectural, and Scientific Specialties and Skills (July 9, 2020)

From time to time, we evaluate and update the specialties and skills listed on Upwork to reflect the current trends and talents that freelancers offer. These updates improve our site’s search and matching capabilities, so it’s important that they’re kept up-to-date.

Often, these updates involve simple renaming, merging, and corrections to streamline the user experience. You may not even notice them! However, they improve our metadata and result in clearer information, improved organization, and more accurate listings in our marketplace and your job searches.

For example:

  • If you are a client, specialties and skills help categorize your job post and match your project with the talent you need
  • If you are a freelancer, specialties and skills help you market your talents and create specialized profiles that accurately reflect your expertise

In this particular update, we’ve added brand new specialties in Engineering & Architecture, including Energy Engineering and STEM Tutoring. We’ve also made additional improvements; find them in the list below.

We have automatically updated related categories, job filters and feeds, existing profiles, and job posts with any applicable changes.


Pro tip: Top freelancers tell us they frequently check the skills listed on their profile to make sure they are accurate and current. They also review their job search filters to keep opportunities up-to-date.



3D Modeling & Rendering
  • Renamed from ‘3D Modeling’
  • Includes 3D Rendering and 3D Visualization
  • Added 3D Modeling & Rendering Services (e.g. 3D Design, 3D Modeling, 3D Rendering)
  • Added 3D Modeling & Rendering Software (e.g. SketchUp, Autodesk Maya, Pixologic Zbrush)
  • Added Industry (e.g. Automotive, Computing & Networking, Construction)
  • Added CAD Services (e.g. 2D Design, 3D Design, CAD Drafting)
  • Added CAD Software (e.g. SolidWorks, Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Civil 3D)
  • Added Industry (e.g. Automotive, Computing & Networking, Construction)
BIM Modeling
  • Added BIM Modeling Services (e.g. BIM Family Creation, 3D Rendering, Material Take-off)
  • Added BIM Modeling Software (e.g. Autodesk BIM 360 Glue, Bluebeam Revu, SketchUp)
  • Added Architectural Project Types (e.g. Residential, Commercial, Landscape)
  • Added Architectural Services (e.g. Detailed Design, Architectural Design, Floor Plan Design)
  • Added Architecture Software (e.g. SketchUp, Autodesk Revit, Lumion)
  • Added Technical Drawing Services (e.g. 2D Design, 3D Design, CAD Drafting)
Landscape Architecture
  • Renamed from ‘Landscape Design’
  • Added Landscape Architecture Services (e.g. Concept Design, Planting Design, Project Management)
  • Added Landscape Technical Drawing Services (e.g. 2D Design, 3D Design, CAD Drafting)
  • Added Landscape Project Types (e.g. (e.g. Residential, Commercial, Industrial)
  • Added Landscape Software and Tools (e.g. V-Ray, Lumion, Autodesk 3ds Max)
Chemical & Process Engineering
  • Renamed from ‘Chemical Engineering’
  • Combines Process Engineering and Oil & Gas Engineering
  • Added Chemical & Process Engineering Expertise (e.g. Energy, Oil & Gas Engineering, Manufacturing)
  • Added Chemical & Process Engineering Software (e.g. gPROMS, ChemCAD, Aspen+)
  • Added Chemical & Process Engineering Services (e.g. Process Simulation, Process Integration, Research & Development)
Civil Engineering
  • Includes Quantity Surveying and Hydraulics Engineering
  • Added Civil Engineering Services (e.g. Construction Management, Land Surveying, Quantity Surveying)
  • Added Civil Engineering Software (e.g. AutoCAD Civil 3D, Bluebeam Revu, Hydraflow)
Structural Engineering
  • Added Structural Engineering Services (e.g. Structural Detailing, Structural Analysis, Statics)
  • Added Structural Engineering Expertise (e.g. Steel Structures, Wooden Structures)
  • Added Structural Engineering Software (e.g. AutoCAD, Tekla Structures, SolidWorks)
  • Added Structural Engineering Deliverables (e.g. FEM Model, Structural Drawing, Steel Detail Drawing)
Sourcing & Procurement
  • Added Sourcing & Procurement Services (e.g. Supplier Search, Market Research, Quality Inspection)
  • Added Sourcing & Procurement Platforms (e.g. Pinduoduo, JD.com, Taobao)
  • Added Sourcing & Procurement Software (e.g. Oracle CPQ, Big Machines, SAP HANA)
  • Added Industries (e.g. Fashion, Healthcare & Medicine, Retail)
  • Added Languages (e.g. Chinese, English, German)
Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • Added Logistics & Supply Chain Management Services (e.g. Logistics Management, Warehouse Management, Demand Forecasting)
  • Added Industries (e.g. Fashion, Healthcare & Medicine, Retail)
  • Added Business Size Experience (e.g. Startup)
Electrical Engineering
  • Added Electrical Engineering Services (e.g. Power Distribution, Lighting Design, Electrical Design)
  • Added Electrical Engineering Tools (e.g. AutoCAD, ETAP, DIALux)
Electronic Engineering
  • Includes PCB Design
  • Added Electronic Engineering Services (e.g. PCB Design, PIC Programming, Robotics)
  • Added Electronic Engineering Technical Skills (e.g. Altium Designer, Circuito, 5G)
  • Added Microcontrollers & Hardware (e.g. Arduino, ESP32, Raspberry Pi)
Interior Design
  • Added Interior Design Services (e.g. Concept Design, Space Planning, Floor Plan Design)
  • Added Interior Technical Drawing Services (e.g. 2D Design, 3D Design, CAD Drafting)
  • Added Interior Design Project Types (e.g. Hotel, Restaurant/Bar, Exhibition)
  • Added Interior Design Software and Tools (e.g. Adobe Photoshop, SketchUp, V-Ray)
Mechanical Engineering
  • Added Mechanical Engineering Software (e.g. SolidWorks, AutoCAD, CATIA )
  • Added Mechanical Engineering Services (e.g. 3D Printing, MEP Design, CAE)
  • Added Biology Subjects (e.g. Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology)
  • Added Biology Services (e.g. Research & Development, Tutoring, Consultation)
  • Added Chemistry Services (e.g. Chemical Analysis, Product Development, Experiment Design)
  • Added Chemistry Domains (e.g. Pharmaceutical, Cosmetics, Food & Supplements)
  • Added Chemistry Skills (e.g. Mass Spectrometry, Toxicology, LIMS)
STEM Tutoring
  • Combines Science Tutoring and Engineering Tutoring
  • Added STEM Subjects (e.g. Chemistry, Biology, Electrical Engineering)
  • Added STEM Services (e.g. Science Tutoring, Engineering Tutoring, Mathematics Tutoring)
  • Added STEM Software & Tools (e.g. MATLAB, Python, AutoCAD)
  • Added Teaching Level (e.g. Middle School, High School, College)
  • Added Physics, Maths, Biology and Chemistry Subjects (e.g. Algebra, Biochemistry, Quantum Mechanics)
  • Added Physics Subjects (e.g. Molecular Physics, Solid State Physics, Particle Physics)
  • Added Physics Services (e.g. Experiment Design, Research & Development, Consultation)
  • Added Mathematics Subjects (e.g. Algebra, Calculus, Game Theory)
  • Added Mathematics Services (e.g. Curriculum Development, Test Development, Academic Content Development)
  • Added Mathematics Software (e.g. MATLAB, R, Stata)
  • Added Mathematics Deliverables (e.g. Algorithms, Math Manuals, Mathematical Model)
Energy Engineering
  • Combines Renewable Energy and Energy Management & Modeling
  • Added Energy Engineering Services (e.g. Sustainability, Waste to Energy, Solar Energy)
  • Added Energy Engineering Technical Skills (e.g. EnergyPlus, DesignBuilder, Revit)
Product Design
  • Includes Industrial Design
  • Added Product Design Services (e.g. Product Research, Concept Design, Sketching)
  • Added Product Design Drawing Services (e.g. 2D Design, 3D Design, CAD Drafting)
  • Added Product Design Software (e.g. Adobe Illustrator,SolidWorks 3D CAD, Adobe Photoshop)
  • Added Industries (e.g. Fashion, Healthcare & Medicine, Retail)
Industrial Design
  • Merged with Product Design
Renewable Energy
  • Merged with Energy Engineering
Energy Management & Modeling
  • Added this new specialty
3D Rendering
  • Merged with 3D Modeling & Rendering
3D Visualization
  • Merged with 3D Modeling & Rendering
PCB Design
  • Merged with Electronics Engineering
Hydraulics Engineering
  • Merged with Civil Engineering
HVAC & MEP Design
  • Merged with Mechanical Engineering
Quantity Surveying
  • Merged with Civil Engineering
Oil & Gas Engineering
  • Merged with Chemical & Process Engineering
Process Engineering
  • Merged with Chemical & Process Engineering
CMS Customization
  • Merged with CMS Development

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