Professional Skills

The Most Valuable Overall Career Skills Today

Do you prefer to have more money or less money? Assuming you are not the reincarnation of Mother Teresa, you probably picked the former. In that case, you would do well to take a look at the skills that are inspiring the biggest paychecks these days. In an article and slideshow at Money, Kerri Anne Renzulli, Cybele Weisser, and Megan Leonhardt provide a list of general job skills and the pay premium they provide you. Here is a sampling of the top 10:

  1. SAS (statistical analysis system): 6.1% pay premium
  2. Data mining/data warehousing: 5.1% pay premium
  3. Search engine marketing: 5% pay premium
  4. Data modeling: 5% pay premium
  5. Contract negotiation: 5% pay premium
  6. Software development: 4.9% pay premium
  7. Strategic project management: 4.4% pay premium
  8. Strategic planning: 4.3% pay premium
  9. Technical sales: 4.3% pay premium
  10. Customer service metrics: 4.3% pay premium

You can view the full list of valuable career skills here:

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