Skills Projections

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Which skills are expected to have the most job opportunities?

What kinds of knowledge are most important?

How about top work activities?

Find out from the links below.

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Introduction

Skills Projections are based on two factors: Occupational Projections and O*NET Skills data. When a skill is determined by the US Department of Labor to be moderately important and moderately required for an occupation, that occupation's projections are factored into the skills projections. Projections are calculated for Content Skills, Knowledge Domains, and Generalized Work Activities. The following tables show the top 15 for each type of data set. All projections are ordered by the number of total job openings in the 2015-2017 projection period.

Top 15 Content Skills

(Learned capabilities that allow workers to master and perform the specific activities of their jobs)

Skill

Job Openings

Description

Speaking

20,494

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Listening

17,787

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Reading Comprehension

9,518

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Social Perceptiveness

6,674

Being aware of other’s reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Critical Thinking

5,508

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Service Orientation

4,724

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Management of Personnel Resources

4,521

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Writing

3,713

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Instructing

3,459

Teaching others how to do something.

Monitoring

2,858

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Judgment and Decision Making

2,853

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Operation and Control

2,624

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Coordination

2,621

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Learning Strategies

2,385

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Repairing

1,635

Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

 

Top 15 Knowledge Domains

(Learned sets of facts and standards required by many work situations)

Knowledge Domain

Job Openings

Description

Customer and Personal Service

38,547

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

English Language

14,278

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Administration and Management

7,960

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Clerical

5,226

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Personnel and Human Resources

5,139

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Production and Processing

4,949

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Psychology

4,682

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Medicine and Dentistry

4,436

Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

Sales and Marketing

4,242

Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Education and Training

3,749

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Mechanical

3,672

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Building and Construction

2,692

Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

Computers and Electronics

2,317

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Mathematics

2,117

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Public Safety and Security

1,949

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Top 15 Generalized Work Activities

(The types of tasks that are common to many jobs)

Generalized Work Activities

Job Openings

Description

Getting Information

54,714

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates

44,208

Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

31,399

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

26,771

Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

Interacting With Computers

22,523

Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

22,456

Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships

20,479

Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

19,317

Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Documenting/Recording Information

17,180

Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

14,306

Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

12,392

Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

Assisting and Caring for Others

12,350

Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

Performing General Physical Activities

12,090

Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards

11,907

Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

Communicating with Persons Outside Organization

11,351

Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources.