Why Computer Skills Are Key for Jobs

Computers are changing the world. It’s true. Restaurants have computer-based ordering. On your phone, you can buy tickets on the way to the movies. You might even vote on a computer at the polling center.

Computers have changed the job market, and not only for computer programmers or engineers. According to a study by Burning Glass Technologies, almost 8 out of 10 middle-skill jobs require computer skills like using spreadsheets and word processors. Without computer skills, your job choices are much more limited.

It’s not only that many jobs require supplemental computer skills, though. There are a rising number of jobs that require significant computer skills. Jobs that require intensive computer use have grown 2.5 times more quickly than those that don’t require computers. That means non-computer-based jobs have become more and more rare, and that trend is set to continue.

If you find a job that doesn’t require a computer, don’t expect high pay.

Heavily computer-based jobs pay more: 18% more on average than all middle-skill jobs in general.

Top middle-skill jobs include office or administrative assistant, retail supervisor, and store manager. These positions can require proficiency in software such as Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint, as well as the ability to learn new software and proprietary company software. Jobs such as nursing and medical technicians require the use of health care technology. Recruiters and marketers need to know about social media tools and search engines. Sales and customer support jobs now use customer relationship software.

If you’re searching for jobs, increasing your computer skills can increase your chances of finding not just any job, but a better paying job. Learning computer skills doesn’t have to be hard. With increased technology has come increased opportunities for learning. You can find online computer training, even if you’re just starting out as a beginner. Once you start learning, you can increase your skills quickly and have a valuable addition to your resume.

Read more in the study "Crunched by the Numbers: THE DIGITAL SKILLS GAP IN THE WORKFORCE".


Anthony West, Educator