NEBHE: Workforce Needs
Review NEBHE's latest review of workforce needs in New England. "Increasingly, occupations within such fields call for specialized technology skills like AI, machine learning, cybersecurity and more. However, many entry-level jobs also require core digital generalist knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Employer-endorsed digital generalist KSAs (defined in the methodology section at the end of the brief) include computer literacy and storytelling, as well as data collection, analysis and visualization. Importantly, the acquisition of these in-demand KSAs represent entry points to growing career fields that offer family-sustaining wages. In the last three years, the monthly number of unique job postings that include at least one digital generalist KSA has grown 40% across the region. In the last year, nearly 750,000 unique jobs were posted in New England. Employer demand for these jobs has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, falling to 137,000 postings for the month of June 2020 as compared to the peak number of postings in July 2019 of 221,000".