Skills and Attributes that Contribute to a Successful Career as a Scientist, Engineer, Scholar, or Professional

Intellectual Skills
  1. Honesty
  2. Curiosity
  3. Discrimination—ability to distinguish what is important from what is trivial
  4. Imagination and creativity
  5. Common sense
  6. Objectivity
  7. Intuition
  8. Skill in observation of natural, technical, or social phenomena
  9. Systematic problem-solving
  10. A good memory
  11. Capacity for logical reasoning, including abstract and theoretical reasoning
  12. Capacity to draw logical inferences from observational and experimental data
  13. Ability to conceive an explanatory hypothesis and design critical tests to evaluate it
Communication Skills
  1. Capacity to retrieve information from published sources
  2. Skill in learning by interview methods
  3. Capacity to communicate in writing
  4. Capacity to communicate orally
  5. Skill in use of computers and other information-processing devices
  6. Skill in graphic display of information and ideas


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