Skill standards outline the kind of work to be performed on a job. Many industries have developed skill standards to help clarify workplace expectations so that workers understand how to perform and advance in their field, students know what knowledge and abilities they need to get a job, and educators can ensure that their curriculum matches workplace requirements.
Skill standards tend to be minimum competencies for today's jobs and are often specific to an industry, technology, or even a type of equipment. Simply learning skill standards is not enough for students to be competitive in the workplace. They need to adapt to new technologies and information.