New report reveals that need for communications skills and degrees are expanding throughout all industries
STEM skills and degrees are getting a lot of press lately, and especially the newcomer ‘entrepreneurship,’ but according to interesting national data from both the government and job sector, its communication skills that are not only most in-demand now, but hold continuing promise for the near future, thanks to data, social and mobile technologies.
The data comes from the College for America at Southern New Hampshire University’s Occupational Trend Report for August, and highlights six growing careers need advanced communication skills from graduating students now.
For example, in a study of 2010-11 college graduated, Georgetown University found that, even as the U.S. was just beginning to emerge from the Great Recession, communications degree holders with some work experience had an unemployment rate of just 6 percent—24 percent lower than the national average among college grads at 7.9 percent.
Also, the National Center for Education Statistics and the Institute of Education Sciences reported that, between 1999 and 2012, the number of college students in communications programs increased from over 55,000 to over 81,000. And as of August 2014, communications ranked eighth among the top 10 studied bachelor’s degrees, as identified by The Princeton Review.
“Between mobile technology and social media, people today are always connected,” explains Melissa Goldberg, senior workforce strategist at College for America and primary author of the report. “This connectedness has altered how we consume information and interact with other people, brands, and organizations. As a result, employees now need to have strong communication skills—whether or not they are in traditional communications careers.”
(Next page: 6 of today’s fastest growing professions and how communication skills fit in)