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Top Business Careers and Skills in 2021 + 11 Programs to Match

According to a McKinsey report, over 70% of leaders expect large-scale changes in their company’s leadership practices, technology, and operations as a result of the pandemic. Another report marks 2021 as the year of transition, when the “next normal” truly arrives.

From strategic management and modern finance to Lean Six Sigma and business analytics, read on to learn more about equipping yourself with in-demand skills and explore 11 edX business and management programs that will help you thrive in this pivotal year. 

Learn How to Make Strategic Supply Chain Decisions

One of the pandemic’s biggest impacts is unquestionably the disruption of global supply chains. In a McKinsey survey of 60 senior supply-chain executives, 85% of respondents struggled with inefficient digital technologies in their supply chains and 75% said they faced issues with production and distribution. As the pandemic subsides, companies are gearing up to invest in supply chain resilience. 

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Solve Complex Problems With Analytics 

One of the top 10 hard skills in 2020, business analytics can improve decision-making and planning within any organization. As more companies look for ways to lower costs and drive efficiency, the need for business and management analysts is expected to grow. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that demand for business and management analysts will increase by 11% from 2019 to 2029 and analytics skills are quickly becoming a must-have across all business functions.

"In 2021, professionals in the digital marketing space must be comfortable with data, period,” said Wendy Moe, PhD, Associate Dean of Master's Programs and Co-Director of the Smith Analytics Consortium at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. “They must know how to manipulate data, understand how it is collected, and analyze and interpret it.”

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Develop Core Business and Management Skills

Whether you’re a mid-level manager or business executive, working professionals need to have a broad range of leadership and management skills to effectively communicate and implement business strategy and vision. 

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Gain In-Demand Finance and Accounting Skills

Job prospects for those with a background in finance and accounting have been steadily rising. According to the BLS, one of today’s highest-paying jobs is financial managers, who earn a median of $129,890 annually. Fast-track your finance and accounting career with courses and programs like the ones below. 

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