IDG Contributor Network: The value of soft skills in a high-tech world

2017-02-07 00:08:06

A recent study by Glassdoor found that in 2017, 14 of the top 50 jobs in the U.S. are in tech. So it goes without saying that technical skills are in high demand.

But hiring managers say that communication skills are even more important than top tech skills.

In layman's terms

I recently attended the Federal Data in Action Summit in D.C. where the White House convened the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine personnel management team, along with a group of hiring managers in the data science and technical fields to discuss topics such as data science education, training and hiring. During a panel where hiring managers, including the CTO of the Environmental Protection Agency, discussed the "Future of Data Science Education and Recruiting," a clear theme emerged as each panelist spoke about the number one skill they look for in candidates.

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