In a new report, economists at the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University found that the ability to communicate at a high level is the No. 1 job competency for all occupations, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workers, and can boost earnings by 20 percent. The study, Workplace Basics: The Competencies Employers Want, examined nearly 1,000 occupations to better understand the competencies associated with specific jobs and how employees can increase earnings when certain competencies are used at a high level.
Most workers know that education and experience often lead to increases in pay, but
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