Study: Digital Tech Now More Common Even for Lower-Skilled Jobs

Digital Technology used by a doctorA study claimed that lower-skilled occupations in the U.S. have used more digital tools now compared to 2002, as 517 out of 547 occupations required some form of familiarity with digital technology.

Competitive Skills

Brookings Institution based its findings on Department of Labor data. The study assigned a rating from zero to 100 to rate the necessity of using digital tools for each job. It showed that all surveyed occupations gained an average score of 46, up 59% from 29 in 2002.

Warehouse jobs scored 25 out of 100 in 2016 from five in 2002 in terms of digital proficiency, as they need to be adept at using handheld devices for tracking inventories.

Parking lot workers also gained a higher score of 26 from three, while roofers could be the best example of a sudden shift in the required skills with a score of 22 from zero.

Higher Pay

A higher salary may encourage lower-skilled workers to develop their capabilities, as jobs with more digital content are more likely to offer a bigger compensation, according to the study. These higher-paying jobs are more common in traditional technology hubs such as Austin, Texas.

While digital technology seemingly became more pervasive at the workplace, it raised the question of fewer people with enough knowledge of these tools.

For instance, the Computing Technology Industry Association’s (CompTIA) partnership aims to train up to 120 IT professionals in the state to achieve certification for Network+, Security+ and CompTIA A+. A practice test also serves as one way to gain certification, whether you are new to the industry or simply want to improve your IT credentials.

It seems that the number of jobs not requiring digital tools continues to decline, which is why you should consider training and certification programs to boost your competitiveness in the job market.