Skills Projections

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.

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 2017-2019 projection period.

Top 15 Content Skills

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

 

Skills

Job Demand

Definition

Active Listening

57,495

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.

Speaking

55,450

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension

26,097

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

Social Perceptiveness

24,665

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

Service Orientation

15,686

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Monitoring

14,645

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

Writing

14,405

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

Critical Thinking

14,172

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

Coordination

12,908

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Instructing

12,264

Teaching others how to do something.

Judgment and Decision Making

9,419

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

Learning Strategies

8,391

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

Time Management

4,895

Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Repairing

4,449

Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Equipment Maintenance

4,279

Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Top 15 Knowledge Domains

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

 

Knowledges

Total Demand

Definition

Customer and Personal Service

121,816

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

50,717

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

25,618

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

22,550

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.

Education and Training

15,430

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

Psychology

13,278

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.

Sales and Marketing

12,799

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.

Medicine and Dentistry

11,472

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.

Mechanical

11,333

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

Building and Construction

10,591

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

Mathematics

7,284

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

Production and Processing

6,807

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

Computers and Electronics

6,336

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

Public Safety and Security

4,980

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.

Economics and Accounting

3,911

Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

Top 15 Generalized Work Activities

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

 

Generalized Work Activities

Job Openings

Description

Getting Information

168,205

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

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates

153,266

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

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

95,402

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

Interacting With Computers

86,960

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

Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

83,100

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

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

68,872

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

Documenting/Recording Information

63,862

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

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

58,045

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

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships

57,319

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

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

50,950

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

Assisting and Caring for Others

42,297

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

Performing General Physical Activities

37,327

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

Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards

36,601

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

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

36,216

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

Communicating with Persons Outside Organization

35,782

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