skills for the working world

Indeed, these are important STEM skills

If you have never investigated Indeed.com’s employment trends reports (http://www.indeed.com/jobtrends/industry) please allow me to introduce you!  For many of us operating in education and employment, we rely on federal statistical data to determine which job categories have the highest demand.  These data sets, while backed by powerful statistical analysis, lack real-time relevancy.  Enter platforms like Indeed – a job listing aggregator – which has been steadily increasing the tools that allow users to filter, sort and study data on actual job listings.

Here at STEMJOBS, we’ve been working on building a taxonomy that identifies STEM skills in the workplace and how best to connect those STEM skills to jobs with high numbers of active openings.  While we are continuing to hone our taxonomy, we thought we would share some interesting and useful findings from our study of Indeed.coms job trends for the month of November, 2013!

Our methodology
Our method for this initial analysis was fairly simple: we pulled job listing frequency data from Indeed’s report by industry and by job title and plugged those into our taxonomy.  Frequency scores were tied to the underlying STEM competencies associated with each job, and the highest scoring competencies were floated to the top.  Since there is crossover between competencies from different types of jobs, we were able to identify some of the leading competencies, which we’ll share below.

Since our taxonomy also maps competencies to academic “topics” we also were able to pull the academic majors with the highest relevance to the skills that are most frequently required.

Next steps, will be to integrate the full list of jobs and therefore establish a robust weighting for competencies that could then be used to help students identify key skills to focus on as they pursue high demand jobs in fields of their choice!

High demand skills!

In general, healthcare, accounting and construction/manufacturing skills rose to the top given their domination of available job listings.  One thing that you are sure to notice is that we’ve attempted to identify competencies without associating them with specific job types.  That’s because these skills tend to cross traditional job and industry disciplines, which means they are “transferable” skills that can be useful across an individual’s career.

High demand Topics / Majors!

This one is a little tougher in that a topic may be part of a major course of study, or encompass an entire major depending on the level of the job and the type of degree. Again, our goal here is to discover the STEM-connected training topics that are most transferable across the highest number of available jobs as identified by Indeed.com in November 2013. Nevertheless, the list can be a useful tool in helping students as they make determinations about course selection.  And don’t worry, we’ll be publishing many more findings in the coming months!

What are you waiting for, check out the lists in the tabs below!


Top STEM CompetenciesTop STEM Topics/Majors

Top STEM Competencies

Rank

Obtain, document and communicate detailed information from clients, customers, or patients

1

Research, analyze costs, and prepare recommendations to order or purchase supplies, materials, or equipment

2

Enter, access, or retrieve data with computer systems and software

3

Assemble, construct, manufacture or repair equipment or products with technical equipment and tools

4

Develop and conduct training for personnel or clients on technical topics

5

Analyze, research, and compile information to complete technical business or government forms

6

Fabricate, assemble, or disassemble manufactured products

7

Read and interpret technical drawings, schematics and images

8

Perform safety inspections on industrial, manufacturing or construction equipment

9

Analyze and recommend improvements to work methods or procedures

10

Top STEM Topics/Majors

Frequency

Equipment Operation, Maintenance and Repair (focus on electrical)

1

Information Science Studies (Focus on data application development and system management)

2

Clinical and Medical Assisting Studies

3

Data Applications Systems Studies

4

Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology

5

Sustainability Studies

6

Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management

7

Project Management

8

Applied Mathematics (focus on accounting and/or finance)

9

Management Science

10

 

 

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Daniel Nichols

Fearless Leader at STEM Jobs
"There is very little that we can do that has a greater, practical impact on a person's life than to assist them in discovering their vocation .... their higher purpose." Daniel's pursuit of his own calling to bridge education and employment began more than a decade ago working with new medical students on the Haiti-Dominican border, and has stretched through his experiences in combat operations in Iraq to serving as a Presidential appointee at the US Department of Labor, and in his entrepreneurial leadership in the launch of vocational programs in healthcare, energy, and advanced manufacturing. An accomplished speaker, writer and business leader, Daniel's passion for individual transformation has led to the creation and launch of STEM Jobs.

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