Analysis of IT skills demand in the US
By Brian Fabo (SPP CEU, CEPS), Miroslav Beblavý (CEPS) and Karolien Lenaerts (CEPS)
Aim: Find out which IT skills companies expect from a "typical" American worker
Data: 2 million vacancies in 30 common occupations, gained through web crawling by Burning Glass Technologies
Result: About 1 in 4 job ads demands an IT skills, very long tailed distribution
Very diverse requirements across occupations
Three ideal types: Strong focus on one skill, focus on a combination of skills, no special IT skills requirements
Policy implication: While many IT skills are transferable, the optimal mix varies between occupations
Pyramid depicts share of ads containing a variety of IT-skills related keywords. Note that all categories were constructed with a set of several keywords and all ads containing at least one relevant keywords count!
The interactive chart depicts a relative share of ads in the occupation selected from the dropdown menu. 1 = average in whole sample. Only values >1 shown.
This visualisation was prepared for the November 2015 CEU Data Stories exhibition by the Jobs & Skills unit of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). CEPS is a leading think tank and forum for debate on EU affairs. Since its foundation in 1983 it is located in Brussels.
Brian Fabo's is grateful for the support from the "Eduworks" Marie Curie FP7 action.