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Report Shows Decline in U.S. Tech and Data Science Skills


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Learners in the U.S. fell behind other high-income countries in a number of skills including software engineering, cloud computing, and mathematics.

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Coursera's latest Global Skills Report shows U.S. proficiency in technology and data science skills are declining and lag behind countries in Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East.

The Global Skills Report draws data from 100 million learners in more than 100 countries who have used Coursera to develop a new skill during the past year. The report benchmarks three of the most in-demand skill areas driving employment in the digital economy: business; technology; and data science. The report also highlights changes in ranking for each country.

The U.S. remained flat in overall skills proficiency at 29th, trailing countries in Asia and Europe. Business skills proficiency rose in the U.S., but technology skills proficiency overall dropped significantly from 69% in 2021 to 43% this year. Proficiency in data science also fell sharply from 73% last year to 54% in 2022.

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