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You’ve paid your dues. You work hard, in a field you love. You are, by most measures, successful in your career. Now you’re ready for the step—or, perhaps, leap—to a bigger job, the next level, substantially higher pay.

For that, you need an edge. You need the skills that employers in your field are looking for now—and rewarding handsomely. To identify these sought-after talents, Money and compensation data and software company PayScale.com teamed up to produce a unique new analysis. The result: these authoritative lists of the highly valued skills with the best payoff, be it a higher salary, a better shot at a promotion, or the ability to change careers with ease. (See more skills coverage from PayScale here.) Of course, knowing which skills are in demand is just the first step. So you’ll also find expert advice on how to get the know-how you need. The rest is up to you.


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The 21 Most Valuable Career Skills Now
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What employers pay more for today.

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5 Ways to Get the Career Skills You Need

Follow this plan to position yourself for success.

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The Skills Most Likely to Win You a Promotion
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What makes managers and executives stand out.

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8 Best Skills for Career Changers
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These talents pay off in a wide range of fields. read more


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The Top-Paying Skills for 100-Plus Jobs
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25 Top Salary-Boosting Skills
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The most in-demand specialties. read more


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25 Skills to Leave Off Your Resume
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Some things are better left unsaid. read more


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What It Takes to Get Ahead Now
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The skills that got us to where we are today.
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5 Secrets to Advancement from a Top Recruiter
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Find out what you need to do to land your dream job.
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What’s Your Most Valuable Career Skill?
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METHODOLOGY
How We Picked the Best Skills
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What went into all of our rankings.
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The purpose of this disclosure is to explain how we make money without charging you for our content.

Our mission is to help people at any stage of life make smart financial decisions through research, reporting, reviews, recommendations, and tools.

Earning your trust is essential to our success, and we believe transparency is critical to creating that trust. To that end, you should know that many or all of the companies featured here are partners who advertise with us.

Our content is free because our partners pay us a referral fee if you click on links or call any of the phone numbers on our site. If you choose to interact with the content on our site, we will likely receive compensation. If you don't, we will not be compensated. Ultimately the choice is yours.

Opinions are our own and our editors and staff writers are instructed to maintain editorial integrity, but compensation along with in-depth research will determine where, how, and in what order they appear on the page.

To find out more about our editorial process and how we make money, click here.

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