For instance, researcher are expected to master techniques to gather data. But then there's the statistical analysis, creation of charts, and writing it all up.
With teaching, the skill set required here is expanding, too, with the increase of online teaching. Lecturing and online are rather different skill sets.
Both teaching and research require presentation skills. And I daresay the standards may well be increasing.
I've read a lot of people who talk about the desire to have had more training in management of a lab: inventory, accounting, personnel management, project management. I certainly felt the difference between being a postdoctoral research
With the second round of SciFund, I found myself working to make YouTube videos. Now I need to understand storytelling, editing, and sound mixing.
The ever-increasing power of computers has opened up the ability for a single person to do more of these tasks. Going digital has put what was once expensive tools of pros into the hands of many more people, like video editing. And it's easy to make the mistake that because those tools are fairly readily available, that everyone should learn to use them. I'm guilty of this myself, advocating that people learn how to use a dedicated graphics program.
All of this brings two questions to mind.
- Just how many things can one person be excellent at?
- How do we train students for all of these things?