The digital skills gap in the United States worsened during the pandemic, including disparities persisting by region and gender, according to Coursera's Global Skills Report 2021. The study draws on performance data from more than 77 million users in over 100 countries.
"Access to a variety of job-relevant credentials, including a path to entry-level digital jobs, will be key to reskilling at scale and accelerating economic recovery," says Jeff Maggioncalda, Coursera CEO. McKinsey estimates that 4.9 million low-wage U.S. workers may need to transition into higher-wage roles and develop new skills to remain employed in the new digital economy.
U.S. digital skills proficiency falls behind that of many countries in Europe and Asia. The U.S. ranks 29th globally. Out of over 100 countries, the U.S. ranks 40th in business, 35th in data science, and 30th in technology skills.
Women are pursuing online education at a higher rate than pre-pandemic. The share of overall Coursera course enrollments in the U.S. from women increased from 42% in 2018-2019 to 55% in 2020. The share of STEM course enrollments for women grew from 35% over 2018-2019 to 47% in 2020.
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