In January 2016, the World Economic Forum issued a report "The Future of Jobs".
It says: The Fourth Industrial Revolution, which includes developments in previously disjointed fields such as artificial intelligence and machine-learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3-D printing, and genetics and biotechnology, will cause widespread disruption not only to business models but also to labour markets over the next five years, with enormous change predicted in the skill sets needed to thrive in the new landscape.
Being able to think well and solve problems systematically is an asset for any career.
Critical thinking is very important in the new knowledge economy.
Critical thinking can help us acquire knowledge, improve our theories, and strengthen arguments.
We can use critical thinking to enhance work processes and improve social institutions.
If you work in education, research, finance, management or the legal profession, then critical thinking is obviously important.
But critical thinking skills are not restricted to a particular subject area.
A person with a good memory and who knows a lot of facts is not necessarily good at critical thinking.
A critical thinker is able to deduce consequences from what he knows, and he knows how to make use of information to solve problems, and to seek relevant sources of information to inform himself.