For soon-to-be college graduates, it’s a tough job market out there–in many fields, perhaps the most competitive ever. To stand out from their peers, tomorrow’s grads will need to show that they have the skill sets that businesses value most. [Read: "World-renowned futurist Michio Kaku: This is what higher ed should be teaching students right now."]

Here are four of the skills that top the wish lists of many major employers:

1. Critical Thinking Skills

Once seen as merely “nice to have,” critical thinking skills have emerged as a flat-out necessity in today’s knowledge-based economy. By 2020, critical thinking will be...

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About the Author:

Frank Connolly is the senior editor for MindEdge Learning.