The Brookings Institute just released a report that looks at the technological requirements for jobs between 2002 and 2016. Its findings? The trend clearly shows a growing need for people with fluency in digital skills like Microsoft Office.
From The Motley Fool:
Researchers analyzed changes in the digital needs of 545 occupations covering 90% of the U.S. workforce in all industries between 2002 and 2016. If found that during the time span the percentage of jobs requiring only low digital skills dropped from 56 to 30. During the same time period, jobs requiring medium digital skills climbed from 40% to 48%, while positions requiring high digital skills rose from 5% to 23%.
No matter where your digital skills fall, they can probably be improved. In the current job market, nobody looking to stay employed should lack basic computer skills. That means that if you don’t understand Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as know the basics for a variety of social-media sites, it’s time to learn those skills.