The skills requested in the average US job have changed 37% since 2016. Some skills became more in-demand, some less. But key trends driving demand for skills have one thing in common: communication is still at the top of employers’ list of most-wanted skills, regardless of the job. While digital-first and specialized occupations are on the rise, they don’t demand technical skills alone; they require a balance of skills involving verbal communication, listening, and relationship building. Whether your primary role is a communicator, or you must be proficient in communications to excel as a specialist, gaining these skills will set you apart, and set you up to get a job, sustain your position, and advance in your career. 

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