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Posted on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 : 12:34 p.m.

Top job needs for 2013 include more than just technical skills

By Ben Freed

It’s no surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention to the job market that the sectors hiring fastest skew towards those with technical expertise and engineering degrees.

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Applicants talk to recruiters at a job fair at Washtenaw Community College

Lon Horwedel | AnnArbor.com

However, a new list published by Forbes on Tuesday looked at what the most in-demand job skills are for the most fastest hiring professions in America, and computer programming and math abilities were not at the top.

The top two skills on the list were critical thinking and complex problem solving, followed by good judgment and active listening. While these aren’t necessarily skills that are easy to demonstrate on a resume, the report said job interviews especially are important in demonstrating those intangibles that many employers are looking for.

Click here to see the full list on Forbes.com.

Ben Freed covers business for AnnArbor.com. You can sign up here to receive Business Review updates every week. Reach out to Ben at 734-623-2528 or email him at benfreed@annarbor.com. Follow him on twitter @BFreedinA2

Comments

leaguebus

Tue, Dec 11, 2012 : 10:07 p.m.

Gee, the Texas Republikan platform wants to stop the teaching of critical thinking skills in school.

Basic Bob

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 1:30 a.m.

First they would need to start teaching it.

xmo

Tue, Dec 11, 2012 : 6:27 p.m.

This article is really insightful! "The top two skills on the list were critical thinking and complex problem solving, followed by good judgment and active listening. "