Technical Skills List and Examples

List of Technical Skills for Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interviews

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Technical skills are the abilities and knowledge needed to perform specific tasks. They are practical, and often relate to mechanical, IT, mathematical, or scientific tasks. Some examples include knowledge of programming languages, mechanical equipment, or tools.

While technical skills are often most important for jobs related to information technology (IT) and other fields in the sciences, many other industries also want employees with at least some technical skills.

Many technical skills require training and experience to master. They are also typically a type of hard skill. Hard skills are those that can be learned, and can be defined, evaluated, and measured (as opposed to soft skills).

Here's a list of technical skills for resumes, cover letters, job applications, and interviews. Included is a detailed list of five technical skills that are most desired across industries.

How to Use Skills Lists

You can use these skills lists throughout your job search process. Firstly, you can use these skill words in your resume. In the description of your work history, you might want to use some of these key words.

Secondly, you can use these in your cover letter. In the body of your letter, you can mention one or two of these skills, and give a specific example of a time when you demonstrated those skills at work.

Finally, you can use these skill words in an interview.

Make sure you have at least one example for a time you demonstrated each of the top five skills listed here.

Of course, required skills will vary based upon the job for which you're applying, so be sure to be specific when listing hardware, software, programs, applications, etc.

Also review our other lists of skills listed by job and type of skill.

Top Five Technical Skills

Big Data Analysis
Nearly every industry today relies on data, whether it is data about their clients, or the success of their product. While it is easy for companies to get data, they need employees who can collect, organize, and then interpret that data.

Coding and Programming
Even if the job you’re applying for is not for a “coder” or “programmer,” most employers will look carefully at an applicant with some coding experience. Being able to code, and to understand multiple programming languages, will make you a strong candidate in many jobs.

Project Management
This might seem to be more of a soft skill than a hard, technical skill, but project management is critical for all technical projects. Being a good project manager means being a good leader, delegating tasks, and measuring the success of each project. Being a good project manager means more successful projects, which employers always want.

Social Media Experience
Throwing a phrase like “experienced in social media” into your resume is no longer enough to impress most employers – today, so many people use social media. However, if you can explain your experience with certain media platforms, you will be able to get a leg up on your competition.

This skill is particularly useful if you are looking for jobs in PR, marketing, web development, or anything related to social media.

Technical Writing
Many jobs that involve written communication require you to explain complex things in a way that is easy to understand. You might have to send messages to clients or manufacturers, or write press releases, web content, or manuals for clients. Being able to communicate complex ideas in a clear way will make you stand out in many jobs.

Technical Skills List

A - G

  • Adjusting
  • Algorithms
  • Analysis
  • Analytical
  • Applications
  • Assembling
  • Balancing
  • Big Data
  • Calculating
  • Certifications
  • Coding
  • Compiling Statistics
  • Computer
  • Computing
  • Configuration
  • Customer Support
  • Data
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Mining
  • Database Design
  • Database Management
  • Debugging
  • Design
  • Development
  • Document
  • Documentation
  • Drilling
  • Driving
  • Electronics
  • Email
  • Engineering
  • Fabrication
  • Finishing
  • Follow Specifications
  • Grinding

H - M

  • Hardware
  • Implementation
  • Information Technology
  • Infrastructure
  • Languages
  • Maintenance
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Mechanical
  • Methodology
  • Modeling
  • Modification

N - S

  • Needs Analysis
  • Network Architecture
  • Network Security
  • Networking
  • New Technologies
  • Operating Systems
  • Operations
  • Performance
  • Planning
  • Platforms
  • Photography
  • Problem Solving
  • Product Reliability
  • Proficiency
  • Project Management
  • Programming
  • Quality Assurance
  • Quality Control
  • Quantitative Research
  • Quantitative Reports
  • Refinishing
  • Remodeling
  • Repairing
  • Reporting
  • Restoration
  • Security
  • Servers
  • Social Media Experience
  • Software
  • Solution Delivery
  • Sorting
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Storage
  • Structures
  • Systems Analysis

T – Z

  • Technical Support
  • Technical Writing
  • Technology
  • Testing
  • Tools
  • Training
  • Troubleshooting
  • Usability

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