Skills in Demand by Education Level

This page features skills in demand by National Occupational Classification (NOC) Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities (TEER) category. Skills have been identified from job postings. Skills are grouped by job postings requesting the following TEER level in the advertisement:

  • University – a university degree.
  • College or Apprenticeship (advanced) – college-level education or apprenticeship training of two to three years, supervisory roles, or several years of experience in a role requiring college or apprenticeship of fewer than two years.
  • College or Apprenticeship – college-level education or apprenticeship training of fewer than two years.
  • High School – a high school diploma.
  • No Formal Education – work demonstration and no formal education requirements
  • Management - management-level occupations

Skill categories include:

  • Occupational skills – skills learned on the job or through training
  • Social-emotional skills – cognitive, interpersonal, language, resource management, and personal qualities
  • Technologies – the ability to work with specific technologies
  • Tools and Equipment – the ability to use specific tools and equipment

Some general insights:

  • Most job postings were looking for either high school (23%) or no formal education (18%) in the job postings
  • Social-emotional skills are the most sought-after skills with 92% of job postings identifying these skills, followed by occupational skills with 81%.
  • Tools and Equipment is requested the most in jobs with no formal education requirement. Tools and equipment are typically not specified in jobs in management or that require a university degree.

Common Skills

While skills in demand may vary across education levels there are skills and certifications in demand across all skill types. Even though these skills are common among all education levels, their level of demand varies depending on the education category. The chart below highlights the skills in demand across all education levels.

A table is divided into two columns. The first column lists social-emotional skills with the percentage of postings that list that skill. The second column lists occupational, tools, and technologies with the percentage of postings that list that skill. The chart can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

University – occupations looking for these skills need a university degree

Social-emotional skills are in high demand in occupations requiring a university degree with 91% of job postings identifying these skills. Occupation-specific skills were identified in 77% of job postings. Technologies were often requested with 44% of postings listing these skills. Tools and equipment do not figure strongly in this group.

A table is divided into two columns. The first column lists social-emotional skills with the percentage of postings that list that skill. The second column lists occupational, tools, and technologies with the percentage of postings that list that skill. The chart can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

College or Apprenticeship (advanced) – college-level education or apprenticeship training of two to three years, supervisory roles, or several years of experience in a role requiring college or apprenticeship of fewer than two years

Social-emotional skills are in high demand in occupations requiring this level of education or experience with 92% of job postings identifying these skills. Occupation-specific skills were identified in 76% of job postings. Technologies were requested less often with 26% of postings listing these skills. Tools and equipment have a bit more demand, compared to university and management, with 15% of job ads listing these skills.

A table is divided into two columns. The first column lists social-emotional skills with the percentage of postings that list that skill. The second column lists occupational, tools, and technologies with the percentage of postings that list that skill. The chart can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

College or Apprenticeship – college-level education or apprenticeship training of fewer than two years

Social-emotional skills are in high demand in occupations requiring this level of education or experience with 90% of job postings identifying these skills. Occupation-specific skills were identified in 85% of job postings. Technologies were requested less often with 31% of postings listing these skills. Tools and equipment have a bit more demand, compared to university and management, with 12% of job ads listing these skills.

A table is divided into two columns. The first column lists social-emotional skills with the percentage of postings that list that skill. The second column lists occupational, tools, and technologies with the percentage of postings that list that skill. The chart can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

High School – occupations looking for these skills need a high school diploma

Social-emotional skills are in high demand in occupations requiring this level of education or experience with 90% of job postings identifying these skills. Occupation-specific skills were identified in 85% of job postings. Technologies were requested less often with 28% of postings listing these skills. Tools and equipment have a bit more demand, compared to university and management, with 14% of job ads listing these skills.

A table is divided into two columns. The first column lists social-emotional skills with the percentage of postings that list that skill. The second column lists occupational, tools, and technologies with the percentage of postings that list that skill. The chart can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

No Formal Education – work demonstration and no formal education requirements

Social-emotional skills are in high demand in occupations requiring this level of education or experience with 89% of job postings identifying these skills. Occupation-specific skills were identified in 79% of job postings. Technologies were requested less often with only 9% of postings listing these skills. Tools and equipment have the highest demand of all education levels, with 22% of job ads listing these skills.

A table is divided into two columns. The first column lists social-emotional skills with the percentage of postings that list that skill. The second column lists occupational, tools, and technologies with the percentage of postings that list that skill. The chart can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

Management - management-level occupations

Social-emotional skills are in high demand in occupations requiring a university degree with 95% of job postings identifying these skills. Occupation-specific skills were identified in 88% of job postings. Technologies were often requested with 37% of postings listing these skills. Tools and equipment do not figure strongly in this group.

A table is divided into two columns. The first column lists social-emotional skills with the percentage of postings that list that skill. The second column lists occupational, tools, and technologies with the percentage of postings that list that skill. The chart can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

Source: Vicinity Jobs, Postings by NOC Skill Level by Skill Group by Skill based on postings found between 01 Sep 21 and 31 Aug 22. Click here to download the chart data.

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