The Job Skills of 2022: The Fastest-Growing Job Skills for Institutions


The Job Skills of 2022 is an e-book presenting the results of a two-year study of skill trends and employment shifts, identifying the most up-to-date, in-demand workplace skills.

What This Includes

Skills addressed: Communication, Self-management, Navigating & Using Information, Critical & Creative Thinking, Teamwork & Collaboration, Digital Literacy, Respecting Differences, Adaptability & Flexibility, Leadership & Initiative, Emotional Intelligence

● Based on data from Coursera’s 92 million users, 2,000 business customers, 3,000 higher education institutions, and 230 government entities
● Topics include fastest-growing skills (digital and human skills) and training options for filling skill gaps
● Includes links to additional reports on topics such as global skills and the Women and Skills Report

Key Takeaways

● This report includes relevant social and industry context that impacts current skill trends, such as COVID-19, remote work shifts, automation, and increasing technical demands.
● This resource would be most useful for program managers, career counselors, and teachers who incorporate workplace skills and career readiness into their offerings. For example, the second most in-demand digital skill for 2022 is “plotting data,” so math classes and computer instruction could prioritize teaching this skill to prepare learners.
● The information provided could also be used to make strategic curricula and training topic decisions, and for further research into employment and skill trends because of the study and report references at the end of this e-book. For example, as the eighth most important digital skill for 2022, social media could be integrated into multiple components of instructional programs to teach and reinforce social media knowledge and skills.

Coursera is an online learning platform that partners with more than 200 universities and companies to bring self-paced, asynchronous, job-relevant online learning to individuals and organizations worldwide. It was founded by Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng in 2012. Coursera offers a range of learning opportunities—from hands-on projects and courses to job-ready certificates and degree programs—most of which are fee-based. Coursera received B Corp certification in February 2021.

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