Hone Digital Skills to Keep Your Career on Point

Posted by Trish Thomas Henley on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 3:12 PM PST

Jobs requiring advanced digital skills offer 38% higher wages.


What is holding you back from advancing in your profession? For many people, it is the lack of the advanced digital skills needed to compete and thrive in the 21st-century workplace.

Digital Skills Required

It is increasingly difficult to find jobs, even jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree, where some digital skills are not required.

A recent study by Burning Glass found that for people without a college degree, “jobs that require digital skills are outpacing those that do not.”[1]

Lacking advanced skills can affect your ability to advance and your paycheck.

Jobs requiring digital skills offer advanced wages

High growth

Digitally intensive jobs are growing faster than non-digital jobs:

Many options

There are many avenues available to increase your skill set. If you already have a bachelor’s degree, you can look for certificate programs or standalone courses.

For people without college degrees, there are now interdisciplinary degree-completion programs that combine the universal competencies of traditional liberal arts programs with an in-depth expertise in digital skills.

The digital skills demanded of today’s workforce will only increase. New digital technologies are invented every day. Taking the time to learn the foundational digital skills will increase your marketability and position you to thrive in the 21st-century workplace.

The School of New & Continuing Studies broadens access to Seattle University’s transformative education by offering innovative and flexible programs for adult students.  

[1] Burning Glass Technologies. Digital Skills Gap. March 2015.

2 Burning Glass Technologies. Digital Skills Gap. March 2015.

This article was originally published in The Seattle Times on July 19, 2016.