What are the Fast-Growing Job Skills for Organizations and Institutions in 2023?

With the ever-evolving job market, it is essential to stay ahead of the curve and be equipped with the right skills for success in 2023. In order to stay competitive, it is important to understand which job skills are going to be in demand. These core skills will help professionals stand out from the crowd and provide them with a competitive edge over their peers. As technology continues to advance at a rapid rate, it is also important for professionals to keep up with these advancements and learn new technologies that will assist them in their daily work.


Coursera recently published a report, that specifically draws on insights from Coursera’s 4 million enterprise learners across 3,000 businesses, 3,600 higher education institutions, and governments in over 100 countries. This report identifies the job skills, human and digital, that institutions, organizations and companies can better equip their employees, citizens, and students, in order to assist them in entering a competitive job market or advance their careers. These learning strategies address the needs of today’s global workforce.

This is Cousera’s second annual Job Skills report, following the first one published , The Job Skills of 2022, The Fastest-growing job skills for Institutions.

Definition of Human Skills

Human skills reflect our ability to relate to one another. It includes a range of cognitive, social, and emotional skills, such as leadership, communication, creativity, critical thinking, information interpretation, decision-making and many many more.

Definition of Digital Skills

Digital skills refer to a range of abilities that allow one to understand, use and create value with the help of technology. They include everything from typing to posting on social media to developing software to cybersecurity. Digital skills exist on an ever-evolving spectrum.


Ensuring the right balance of soft and technical skills will be vital, particularly as automation rises—with the global installation of workplace robots hitting an all-time high in 2023.

According to the report, here is the lists of Human and Digital skills that will prevail in 2023.


The Skills trends of 2023 


Trend #1

Digital Skills are the fastest-growing skills

The Ongoing evolution of technology leads companies to seek new digital competencies in potential hires or retrain existing employees.

Trend #3

Skills centered on user experience are on the rise

This year, skills related to customer success tools and user experience design have an increased interest, taking into consideration that user experience ranks very high.

Trend #5

Data visualization and analysis are some of the fastest-growing skills and can complement traditional human skills like people management and storytelling

Regardless of career path, understanding and using data in order to communicate effectively is becoming a must-have skill as organizations strive to leverage data-led approaches.

Trend #7

Communicating with peers, customers, and prospects is key for hybrid work

Sharing information effectively remains one of the vital skills in organizations in 2023. These skills help organizations connect with customers and key stakeholders, guide internal teams, and steer strategic discussions.

Trend #2

The fastest-growing digital skills are changing more significantly than the fastest-growing human skills

Data visualization and user experience are the only two digital skills that have carried over year-on-year. On the other hand human skills remain steadier, like change management and communication.

Trend #4

Skills that blend technical expertise and project management appear first time in the list.

A growing number of organizations are investing in digital skills, so having skills that are capable of handling digital challenges is essential in order to enable them to manage and support their technical teams effectively.

Trend #6

Change Management skills are among the fastest growing

The pandemic and macroeconomic uncertainty have placed greater pressure on managers. Due to these factors, organizations realize the importance of managers to effectively manage change and lead their teams.

 In 2023, human and digital skills will only become more interdependent.

Although digital skills have been the fastest-growing skills this year, Coursera’s report reveals that both digital and human skills are both in-demand by employers. In the year ahead, effective skill programs will recognize that digital and human skills are increasingly interdependent—and complementary of one another.

Businesses, government agencies, and higher education institutions all have a responsibility to prioritize learning programs focusing on skills that drive employability in the year ahead. In doing so, they will strengthen their own organizations, the job market, and the careers of the people powering them.


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