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Ten In-Demand Job Skills
by James C. Gonyea
As everyone who has held a job eventually learns, your future career
prospects depend on the skills you have to offer an employer. And those
workers with skills that are in demand are the ones who get the job.
The skills you should develop depend upon your interests, abilities and
aptitudes, resources and career goals. But, with uncertain economic times
ahead, it's important to look at the skills that will be useful in advancing
your career. Here are 10 skills that the US Department of Labor says are on
employers' wish lists.
Many of the tasks we face each day in our personal and business lives
are complex in nature. People who can identify problems, research solutions
and make effective decisions are increasingly desired in such fields as
business administration, management consulting, public administration,
science, medicine and engineering.
Today, technology is advanced in all areas of human endeavor. Installation,
testing and repair of most electrical, electronic and mechanical equipment
in fields such as engineering, telecommunications, automotive,
transportation and aerospace requires people with advanced
Human Relations Skills
All companies with more than one employee face inevitable problems dealing
with how people interact with each other. Often, the success of a company
depends upon how well people can work together. It is the job of human
resource managers, personnel officers, department managers and
administrators to understand the needs of workers and how best to meet those
needs within the confines of the employment environment.
Computer Programming Skills
Understanding how to harness a computer's power and program it to meet
the specific needs of a particular company can dramatically increase your
employment opportunities. Specific languages most in demand today include
C++, Java, HTML, Visual Basic, Unix and SQL Server.
Our modern society develops and collects more new data in a day than our
ancestors did in a year. As a result, there will continue to be a demand for
people with teaching and training skills in the fields of education, social
services, management consulting and commerce.
Science and Math Skills
Great advances are being made daily in the fields of science, medicine
and engineering. Bright minds skilled in the sciences and math are needed to
meet the challenges of these fields.
Money Management Skills
With Americans enjoying a longer life span, it's essential today to
carefully plan one's finances to ensure a comfortable life and retirement.
Investment brokers and security officers, retirement planners, accountants
and CPAs are in continual demand to meet this need.
Information Management Skills
In the Age of Information, America now produces information as the basis
of its economic system, and individuals who possess the ability to manage
information are critical to most businesses. Systems analysts, information
technologists, database administrators and telecommunication engineers are
examples of people with highly developed information management skills.
Foreign Language Skills
America depends upon many nations for raw materials and goods, as well
as for global markets for our own goods and services. The ability to speak a
foreign language -- today's hot ones include Russian, Japanese, Chinese, and
German -- can enhance your employment opportunities and compensation.
Business Management Skills
The business of America is business! Understanding of how to run a
successful company is highly in demand. At the core of these skills is the
ability to manage people, systems, resources and finances; to understand the
needs of consumers and how to translate those needs into business
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