U.S. tech and data science proficiencies are on the decline

Report: The Coursera Global Skills Report 2022

The just released Global Skills Report from Coursera indicates the U.S. ranks 29th in overall skills proficiency – behind countries in Asia and Europe.

The report pulls data from 100 million learners in over 100 countries who developed a new skill using Coursera – during the past year.

Some U.S. skills insights:

  • Technology skills proficiency overall dropped from 69% in 2021 to 43% this year.
  • Proficiency in data science fell from 73% last year to 54% in 2022.
  • Proficiency in mathematics dropped in the U.S. from 56% in 2021 to 40% in 2022.
  • Business skills proficiency rose with key areas like leadership and management increasing from 40% in 2021 to 67% in 2022.
  • Learners in the U.S. increased focus on human skills amid rapid workforce changes. These skills included resilience, project management, decision making, planning, and storytelling.
  • The U.S. achieves greater gender parity in overall course enrollments but women still lag behind men in STEM.

In announcing the report findings, Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda said, “The Great Resignation and automation are mandating stronger investments in human capital, as institutions must prioritize developing the high-demand digital and human skills required to build a competitive and equitable workforce.”

For more insights and global trends, read the latest Global Skills Report here.