When people were just starting to use the Internet, how many do you think pursued careers in online security? Probably not many. But today, it is one of the hottest jobs.

Likewise, tomorrow’s jobs will be different from the ones we know today. The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming the world as we know it. And if you have the right skills and attitude, you can succeed no matter what the future brings.

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Here are 10 skills that will be needed in the workforce of the future:
The ability to create new worlds

Virtual reality is moving beyond entertainment and into the workplace. Tomorrow’s employees will have to know how to move through these virtual worlds, manipulate them, and create them.

Holistic thinking

With limited resources, companies will have to do more with less. Successful ones will see a greater value in a whole, and how they fit into it. (If you want to find higher purpose in your work, take note!)


In the future, technology and nature will coexist. Future workers must expand their minds to harness the potential of connections between devices and the planet. To understand what we mean, enroll in our free online course, "Introduction to IoT."

A maker mindset

People will need to create prototypes on demand and, conversely, break them down into information that can be shared among team members. What would you do with software and a 3D printer?


Tomorrow’s employees will be expected to build relationships quickly and manage themselves with little external input.

Entrepreneurial spirit

If you’re seeking long-term, secure employment you’ll find it in employee-owned and operated companies. Luckily, a Bentley University study shows that 66% of people aged 18 to 34 want to start their own businesses.

The ability to connect mind and machine

Humans will not work in competition with machines, but in concert with them. Contact lenses that can take pictures already exist, so the machines are only getting closer and closer.

Data analysis

We swim in seas of data. Skilled people are needed to turn that data into useful information. This field is so hot that CNBC recently called the Data Analyst the “Sexiest Job of the 21st Century.” Learn how we are generating more data than ever in our free online course, "Introduction to IoT."


Data is important, but it must be presented in a way that will convince people to take action.

Shallow expertise on different types of software and platforms

Considering the speed of change, no one technology will dominate a field forever. The most successful members of the new workforce will be able to develop a working knowledge of new systems in a short time.

As the world becomes more digital, the best workers will understand how technologies work, and work together, beyond just the user interface. This will be true for healthcare, fashion, entertainment, finance, and any other industry you can name.

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This piece is based on a blog originally written by Nicholas Enna of Teach For All as part of Cisco's series on the workforce of the future.