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U.S. Trails Europe in Technology, Data-Science Skills Ranking


The measure puts Americans in 16th place out of 60 nations for data science, with Israel and Switzerland in the top two spots.

U.S. abilities fall more closely to the middle, according to a new index Coursera Inc. has compiled from the online learning platforms user data.

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Europe accounts for more than 80% of nations in the top 25% of countries across the technology, business, and data science domains, according to a recent Coursera Inc. index of technology skills.

The data showed certain countries as consistent leaders across all three categories: Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Norway, and the Netherlands.

The index places the U.S. 16th out of 60 nations for data science, 23rd in technology, and 18th in business.

The results highlight the idea that the U.S. should invest more in developing skilled labor to support the kind of technological innovation that will keep the economy competitive on a global stage.

Coursera created the measures to track global skill trends based on data compiled from 40 million assessments by 3 million platform users from 60 countries and 10 industries.

Said Coursera's Emily Glassberg Sands, "The U.S. isn't really cutting-edge across any of the domains, so that suggests that there's real competition, at least from a skills perspective."

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