The jobs of the future require social skills, not maths

Job trends, 1980-2012

This chart is from the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs study (PDF) so healthy skepticism and bullshit radars fully active. However I do like Stephen Downes’ gloss:

[If we look at the chart] mathematical skills appear to be almost irrelevant, while the clear line of demarcation is the requirement for social skills. Keep in mind: computers do math. So if you do math, chances are than a computer can do your job.

Well said, Stephen. Well said.