A Publication of WTVP

As central Illinois transitions into the 21st century knowledge economy, competitive success for businesses, communities, and individuals will depend on the ability to produce new ideas, develop and incorporate new technologies, and constantly transform products and processes. Continuing advances in manufacturing technology, information technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and geospatial technology will also offer exciting new opportunities for businesses and individuals. However, these newly emerging industries and resulting occupations will require increasing levels of education and skills.

In fact, recent research indicates tomorrow’s jobs will require increased skill levels in the areas of applied mathematics, applied technology, listening, location information, observing, reading for information, teamwork, and writing. The share of tomorrow’s occupations requiring education beyond high school will increase.

There will also be a need to re-educate and retrain workers at all levels of education. Our "21st Century Workforce" research indicates workers will also need a set of personal qualities and attitudes, basic tools, and thinking skills to be successful in the knowledge economy.

Personal qualities and attitudes include:

Basic tools include:

Thinking skills include:

The challenge of tomorrow’s jobs will require a quality workforce with increased skills and education and the ability to know "how to learn." IBI