The Secretary of Labor's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) issued a report in 1991 called "What Work Requires of Schools." The report listed a common set of skills that employers find necessary for a person to be ready to go to work.

Employers need workers who can productively use:

Resources: allocate time, money, materials, space, and staff

Interpersonal Skills: work on teams, teach others, serve customers, lead, negotiate, and work well with people from different cultural backgrounds

Information: acquire and evaluate data, organize and maintain files, interpret and communicate, and use computers to process information

Systems: understand social, organizational, and technological systems, monitor and correct performance, and design and improve systems

Technology: select equipment and tools, apply technology to specific tasks, and maintain and troubleshoot technologies

Employers need workers who have the following skills and personal qualities:

Basic Skills: reading, writing, arithmetic and mathematics, speaking and listening

Thinking Skills: thinking creatively, making decisions, solving problems, knowing how to learn, and reasoning

Personal Qualities: individual responsibility, self-esteem, sociability, self-management, and integrity

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