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 2019-2021 projection period.

Top 15 Content Skills

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

Skills

Job Demand

Description

Active Listening

60,555

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

57,891

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension

29,925

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

Social Perceptiveness

26,444

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

Service Orientation

16,208

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Writing

15,630

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

Critical Thinking

15,250

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

Monitoring

15,172

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

Instructing

13,175

Teaching others how to do something.

Coordination

13,003

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Judgment and Decision Making

11,561

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

Learning Strategies

8,607

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

Time Management

4,626

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

Repairing

4,552

Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Equipment Maintenance

4,385

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

Management of Personnel Resources

3,919

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

Top 15 Knowledge Domains

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

Knowledges

Total Demand

Description

Customer and Personal Service

124,078

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

56,138

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

26,990

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

22,777

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

15,952

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

Sales and Marketing

15,158

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.

Psychology

13,228

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.

Mechanical

12,380

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

Medicine and Dentistry

11,059

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.

Building and Construction

10,518

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

7,964

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

Computers and Electronics

6,689

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

Production and Processing

6,652

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

Public Safety and Security

5,547

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

4,533

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

Total Demand

Description

Getting Information

169,137

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

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates

149,822

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

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

99,789

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

Interacting with Computers

88,178

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

87,477

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

73,896

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

Documenting/Recording Information

63,597

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

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships

61,085

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

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

56,565

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

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

52,553

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

Assisting and Caring for Others

42,832

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

Communicating with Persons Outside Organization

37,492

Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards

35,212

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

Processing Information

34,556

Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

34,338

Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.