News and Views on the Labor Market from Burning Glass
Only 35% of current college students feel confident that the skills they are learning are enough to prepare them for the workplace.
Liberal arts majors make less than other college graduates in the job market—but with a few extra skills, they can essentially erase that salary gap.
Embedded in education sites and powered by Burning Glass Technologies job market data, Career Insight’s personalized recommendation engine matches prospective students with academic programs based on their career goals.
Burning Glass Technologies and the American Enterprise Institute will hold an event Feb. 2 that shows liberal arts degrees can pay off in the job market, if graduates add the right skill sets.
Every business needs cybersecurity talent these days, but hiring professionals need to understand cybersecurity hiring isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation: different companies have different needs.
Employers are less likely to demand background checks in job postings than in previous years, a trend that may open up more positions to those with criminal records. But the trend is more pronounced in lower-skilled jobs.
More than 1.4 million American workers are at risk of losing their jobs because of technology, but with proper job training, their options for finding comparable or even better jobs can increase fivefold, according to a World Economic Forum report using Burning Glass data and released at Davos.
What is an associates of arts degree worth in the job market? How much value does the A.A. have, and how can graduates make the most of this credential?
Productivity software skills—spreadsheets and word processing—may seem basic, but are still the skills that set workers on the first rung of the career ladder and bring an immediate pay boost over workers who don’t have them. You can see the impact of these skills in...
Burning Glass Technologies research shows that those who possess so-called soft skills are more likely to rake in more hard cash. But a couple things are not so clear: What exactly are soft skills? And which ones are most needed in particular careers – such as sales...
Though we’ve pointed out previously that adding skills can deliver a good return on investment for students, it’s worth noting that the same is true for mid-career workers–those already in the workforce. In fact, adding a skill can make a tremendous difference...
Apprenticeships are one of the rare bipartisan ideas in workforce policy—so why are there so few of them? Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said the current apprenticeship programs are too small at a White House conference. “[Only] 0.3 percent of the workforce...
The days of the sales order book and Rolodex are over, and one of the fastest-growing areas for digital skills in the job market is Customer Relationship Management (CRM), the catch-all term for a range of software packages that track sales and fundraising contacts....
There is a lot of opportunity to expand apprenticeships in the U.S., but right now apprentices are limited to a relatively few occupations, and relatively few openings. There is bipartisan support for investing more in apprenticeship programs, but before we expand...
U.S. Has Potential to Triple Apprenticeships, Researchers from Harvard Business School and Burning Glass Technologies Find
The number of occupations commonly using apprenticeships could potentially be tripled, and the number of actual apprentices expanded eightfold, according to new research from Harvard Business School’s Managing the Future of Work Project and labor market analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies.
Augmented reality and virtual reality jobs are becoming very real forces in the job market. In the first nine months of 2017 there have already been roughly 10,000 postings requesting AR/VR job skills in the U.S. That’s a relative increase of 256% compared to 2010....
Much has been written about how automation has become entrenched in manufacturing, but one telling statistic is this: job market demand is already shifting from building robots to maintaining them. Over the last five years, we have seen rapid growth and maturation in...
What do design, marketing, engineering, and data analysis have in common? They’re all careers where employers increasingly demand computer science skills. Roughly two-thirds of the highest-paying and fastest-growing jobs in these fields now demand computer science...
Roughly two-thirds of the highest-paying and fastest-growing jobs in fields like design and marketing now demand computer science skills, according to a new report from labor market analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies and Oracle Academy.
The cybersecurity job market is still straining to find enough trained workers, and the Cyberseek™ job site now offers new data to help workers and employers fill the gap. Cyberseek is a free workforce and career resource developed jointly by CompTIA, the leading...
A lot of people are confused about the difference between certifications vs certificates, but when it comes to value in the job market, one qualification has a clear edge with employers. If you’re one of the people who have trouble telling the credentials apart,...
One of the big conclusions of our new research on certifications is that relatively few have traction in the job market—but what about the ones that do? What are the top five certifications in demand? Overall, as reported in The Narrow Ladder: The Value of...
Degree inflation in the job market is not only closing off opportunities for workers but also costing employers money, according to a new Harvard Business School study using Burning Glass Technologies data. In the job market, degree inflation means requiring a college...
While real-time labor market information is useful for many things, one of the less utilized is competitive intelligence. A company’s hiring says a lot about what it does – and about its plans. If you’re going to sell a subsidiary, launch a new line of business or if...
We all want to earn more money in our careers. But how do you get there? If you’ve got the skills to become a manager the prospects are good, because management jobs are leading the recovery. In fact, they’re even outpacing STEM positions. The numbers gathered...
Burning Glass Technologies announces the release of Burning Glass Talent™, the first workforce planning solution using real-time labor data, empowering companies to make data-driven decisions in a dynamic labor market.
We’ll be showing off the latest Burning Glass Technologies solutions for human capital management at the HR Tech 2017 Conference this week—including how Cisco Systems is using our real-time labor data to make talent decisions. We will be sharing the stage when Cisco...
“Soft skills” and human resources naturally go together. The entire job is about dealing with people: their problems, their pay and benefits, their chances for advancement. And, not least of all, hiring the right people. But soft or baseline skills can be a fuzzy...
Every worker in the U.K. has probably thought about learning a new skill to improve their chances in the job market. The tricky part is deciding which skill to learn. What are employers asking for? Which skills are growing the fastest in terms of employer demand and...
Even Wall Street bankers are worried about what automation will mean for their jobs. So when our CEO, Matt Sigelman, was invited to speak on a panel at the ABS East conference, we thought we’d take a look at what was really happening with artificial intelligence...
Eight in ten middle-skill job postings now demand digital skills, a four-point increase over the last two years, according to new research conducted by Burning Glass Technologies for Capital One.
While many people think a specific job title means the work will essentially be the same no matter where it’s located, that’s often not the case. Jobs with similar titles may require dramatically different skills in different parts of the country. Take, for example,...
Companies hiring mobile app developers are battling for candidates in the traditional tech grounds of San Francisco/San Jose, New York, Los Angeles and Seattle, paying premium salaries to attract talent. However, analysis by Burning Glass Technologies shows that the...
It may seem counter-intuitive, but our research shows big data jobs – data science – are more likely to demand creativity, teamwork, research and, yes, writing skills, than other jobs. The reason there’s a business case for becoming “well rounded” is that big data...
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Students, parents, and educators alike are all looking for the best college ROI (return on investment). The secret to a big education return is the same as with any other investment: buy low, sell high. In other words, the money you put into acquiring skills should be...
MERIC was eager to find a high-quality data source that would allow Missourians to act more nimbly, making timely decisions that lead to faster re-employment and a stronger match between industry needs and the state’s workforce training capacity.
Where to Locate a Graduate Program? UMBC was considering whether its Master’s in Professional Studies in Geographical Information Systems would be stronger if it was moved to the Baltimore campus.
This Labor Day, we thought it would be a good idea to step back and look at a few long-term trends that are reshaping the labor market. These are all job market trends workers should watch in a changing economy. 1) Skill sets are blending across industries More and...
Where Should the University Invest in New Program Growth? Northeastern University leaders saw an opportunity to grow its student base and impact by expanding the university’s reach beyond its Boston campus.
Using real-time job market data to find the match between local employer needs and skills training, Lone Star College overhauled its approach to program and curricula decisions.
Every company says they worry about attracting and keeping talent—but based on a new MIT/Sloan Management Review survey, maybe they aren’t worrying enough.
American manufacturers are now posting more jobs for software developers and engineers than production workers, the major indication of the disruptive shift in the market. What else can we learn?
Together, employees and companies can succeed in situations where technology and software are changing the traditional manufacturing model.
Hiring patterns change when an industry experiences disruption, and traditional companies face an uphill battle when competing with next-generation start-ups.
Workforce analytics traditionally concentrates on internal employee information, but external job market data provides the GPS view to where your organization needs to go. Here's why.
Halfway through 2017, it’s time for Amazon to expand the smart home installation service. According to jobs data found within the Burning Glass Technologies’ software product line, Amazon has published job postings in future markets.
The demand for DSA skills is projected to grow by 15% over the next five years, which translates to nearly 364,000 new job postings expected nationally by 2020.
Nearly one in four jobs (23 percent) in Massachusetts involve computer science skills – significantly higher than the national average of less than 18 percent, according to a new study by Burning Glass Technologies and Achieve.
Amazon is setting record levels with the Alexa product line coming out of their Prime day sale (Geekwire, July 11, 2017). Developing devices is a big pivot for the online retail company. Today, Amazon is the 7th largest advertiser of jobs looking for interaction design skills.
For Symplicity higher education clients who add Burning Glass services, the partnership delivers comprehensive, real-time data about labor market demands and career trends.
In a new research report, Burning Glass Technologies developed a matrix for identifying disruptive skills and getting ahead of them in the hiring market.
The best way to understand the job market is to realize it’s not about jobs at all—it’s about skills. CEO Matt Sigelman gave the Burning Glass Technologies view of the labor market at the recent ASU + GSV Summit.
Burning Glass Technologies announced the general release of Program Insight™, a new real-time labor data tool for learning providers.
Burning Glass Technologies will be at the annual ASU-GSV Summit in Salt Lake City, bringing new analysis to bear on the crucial problem of linking education more closely with the job market.
Campus Management Partners with Burning Glass Technologies to Deliver Actionable Job Market Analytics to Higher Ed
Campus Management Corp. and Burning Glass Technologies announced their partnership to deliver job market analytics that empower educators and students.
The skills gap poses many challenges to the American economy and the educational system. But there are also lots of potential solutions, and Burning Glass Technologies will be talking about some of them at SXSWedu next week.
Economists increasingly turn to real-time jobs data for research. At the 2017 American Economic Association conference, four papers cited Burning Glass data
Burning Glass Solution Allows Colleges to Validate Demand for New Programs Against Reality of Job Market
Burning Glass Technologies launches Program Insight™, a ground-breaking tool that allows educators to match up programs with the realities of the job market.
Cloud security is now the most difficult information technology skill for employers to find in the job market, according to a new analysis of the top 10 hardest-to-find technology skills by Burning Glass Technologies.
In the technology world, cloud computing and cybersecurity are both hot topics—so it’s no surprise that Cloud Security is the most difficult information technology skill for employers to find in the labor market.
A new Burning Glass research brief finds that with a few extra skill sets, psychology and biology majors can double the entry level job openings available, and earn a salary premium of $20,000 or more.
Heating Up: The Sweltering Demand for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Workers
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration are all things that everyone takes for granted, until they’re not working. The same might be said for the supply of technicians who keep those systems running, according to a new report prepared by Burning Glass for the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation.
UK job postings show the financial sector bracing for a post-Brexit world: finance jobs are down, but postings for legal professionals are up.
A lot of employers prefer a college degree when it comes to front-line management jobs. And this trend may be both closing off opportunities for workers to advance and starving employers of talent.
Our job is keeping track of other people’s jobs, so when we saw the story in today’s Wall Street Journal about “hedgehog officers” in the UK, we had to go to our Labour Insight™ database and look it up. And it turns out that hedgehog protection can be a surprisingly high-tech field.
A bachelor’s degree isn’t the only way into the world of technology. If you’re thinking about a technology career, there are other common opportunities to enter the IT workforce.
Burning Glass and our partners would like your help in proposing a panel at SWSWedu to examine a promising strategy to close the skills gap: short-term “boot camp” training programs.
The skills gap is usually talked about in broad terms. But employers need to find specific skills needed in particular jobs, even when there’s no accepted standard for how that job should be described. The National Network took a step to solving that problem today with its new set of occupational profiles, developed with Burning Glass.
One of the strongest trends Burning Glass has seen in the labor market recently has been the rise of the hybrid job: positions that mix-and-match skill sets from different fields. A great example is the Mobile App Developer, someone who works on developing the apps that drive smartphones.
There’s a big difference between using a computer and being able to program one. And in the modern workplace, more and more jobs are demanding actual coding—actually writing instructions for the computer instead of doing preformatted tasks. Here are five careers where employers are asking for coding skills.
Doctors on the average TV medical drama spend a lot of time with technology, but you never see anyone actually programming the technology. That may not make for great television, but would certainly reflect the real state of computer science skills in modern medicine.
The last thing most graduates have on their minds is learning a new skill—and yet for many that’s the best route to locking down a job, both in the short term and throughout their career.
The ability to write computer code, as opposed to doing preformatted tasks, is linked to higher-level work—and to higher levels of income.
The news that the DNC was broken into by Russian hackers may prompt calls for tougher cybersecurity measures—but it doesn’t change the basic fact that there simply isn’t enough cybersecurity talent to go around.
We’ve had a lot of interest in our liberal arts research following today’s story in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and CEO Matthew Sigelman’s oped for Inside Higher Ed. Our research has consistently shown that employers value the “soft skills” that a liberal arts education provides, but that they also need specific technical skills. So […]
A new Australian study using Burning Glass data provides more evidence of a worldwide shift in the nature of work—and reinforces the value of soft or baseline skills in the job market.
People often ask about what qualifications they need to break into a fast-growing field like cybersecurity. The knowledge needed is highly technical, and of course there are no guarantees. But if you look at the job postings, there are three kinds of qualifications that significantly improve a jobseeker’s chances.
There are a lot of new certifications, credentials, and other assessments vying for a role in the education marketplace. But can any of them replace the traditional college degree? Should they? CEO Matt Sigelman and others discuss the prospects at the ASU-GSV Summit.
How should higher education respond to the growth of hybrid jobs? CEO Matt Sigelman looked at the challenge--and some promising solutions--during last month's ASU-GSV Summit.
It’s when we consider specific skills, not just jobs, that the true scale of the challenge becomes apparent. A whole range of STEM skills—from statistics to software development—have become essential for jobs that never would have been considered STEM positions. Yet, at least as our education system is currently structured, students often only acquire these skills within a STEM track.
At one level, education is all about acquiring skills. Not every skill has a tangible benefit in the job market—but you might be surprised at some of the skills that pay off.
One of the key themes at the ASU-GSV Summit is change in education—but what’s striking is how much this is driven by the fast pace of change in the job market.
We live in a digital world. Someone’s got to build it. And for students who learn to write computer code, the opportunities are significant—and not necessarily in the areas you would expect.
“Soft skills,” as the name implies, are an inherently fuzzy concept. It’s clear that employers need them and workers who lack them will struggle to find a job or get ahead. But what exactly are they? People skills? Emotional intelligence? Or as one Dilbert cartoon put it, “how to listen to idiots without snorting”?
There’s a provocative and perceptive piece in Medium today on why so many workers seem stuck in their current jobs even though job openings are at their highest level in 15 years.
Baseline or “soft” skill aren’t all of equal value to all employers. The soft skills employers need varies depending on the field. Some abilities, like writing, communication skills, and organization, are valued in every occupation, but others vary. The table below shows a ranked list of top baseline skills by career area, highlighting those skills […]
Every employer wants workers with baseline or soft skills, but how difficult are they to find? Since soft skills are inevitably hard to define, one way of finding out if there is a skills gap is to look at how frequently a skill is requested in job postings. It may seem counterintuitive, but when crafting […]
Writing, communication and organizational skills lead the list of “baseline skills” employers are having difficulty finding, according to “The Human Factor: The Hard Time Employers Have Finding Soft Skills,” a new study of job postings by Burning Glass Technologies.
The Close-It Summit is the premier event for those trying to use new technologies to close the skills gap in the American workforce. Burning Glass will be participating in multiple events at and around Close-It this week in Washington, D.C.
Graduation Alliance and Burning Glass Technologies today announced their partnership to power online career exploration and education planning for middle and high school students across the country through the application of real-time labor market analytics. I
In the latest edition of our annual report on the cybersecurity job market, we found that surging demand was making these jobs hard to fill and giving qualified workers a significant salary premium over other IT jobs. Just as interesting, however, is where these cybersecurity jobs are located, which you’ll see in the interactive map […]
American employers have realized the vital importance of cybersecurity and are hiring workers to catch up. However, as employers scramble to build their cybersecurity workforce, a worker shortage is emerging that may require long-term solutions, according to a new labor market analysis by Burning Glass Technologies.
The combination of programming skills with design, data analysis, and marketing may be the killer app for job hunters—but where should job seekers be looking?
“Blurring Lines” Report Outlines Growing Demand for Workers Who Can Combine Business, Tech Skill Sets
In a world defined by the computer and mobile screens that surround us, there’s hot demand for workers who can shape how people interact with technology. This is creating a new category of “hybrid jobs” that combine programming skills along with abilities in design, data analysis and marketing, according to a new report, “Blurring Lines: How Business and Technology Skills Are Merging to Create High Opportunity Hybrid Jobs."
Burning Glass Technologies, the leading provider of high-impact job market analytics that empower employers, workers, and educators to make data-driven decisions, announced a major investment today from Providence Equity Partners that will drive a new phase of growth for the company.
Today’s must-read story on the job market is from Fast Company, which takes a look at corporations leaping into the field of digital credentials or “badges.” There’s a lot to be said for this idea, which attacks two problems. One is that employers need a more precise way of determining whether potential hires have the […]
One of the biggest challenges facing the world economy is a broken labor market—but at Burning Glass we are convinced there are also data-driven solutions. So is New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman (author of “The World is Flat”), who took on this problem in today’s column. In fact, he cites our “Moving the Goalposts” […]
This is a great time to consider a new career as a cybersecurity professional. According to CIO magazine, experts in cybersecurity are among the most sought-after professionals in the tech sector, with demand for workers in that field outpacing other IT jobs by a wide margin.
Press Release: Burning Glass’s Lens/XRay® Achieves Oracle Validated Integration with PeopleSoft HCM 9.2.
Burning Glass Technologies, a Gold level member of Oracle® PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced it has achieved Oracle Validated Integration of Lens/XRay® with Oracle PeopleSoft HCM 9.2. This integration allows PeopleSoft customers to seamlessly integrate with Burning Glass’s best in class global resume parsing solution.
Press Release: Wisconsin DWD Enters into Agreement with Burning Glass Technologies, Begins Work on Cutting-Edge Labor Market Information System
Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson today announced that DWD has entered into an agreement with Burning Glass Technologies to develop a state-of-the-art labor market information system (LMIS) to connect job seekers with available job openings.