Who’s Looking for College-Educated Workers?

Report: “The Online College Labor Market”

Authors: Anthony P. Carnevale, Tamara Jayasundera, Dmitri Repnikov

Organization: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

Summary: The paper uses data from Burning Glass Technologies to analyze the demand for college-educated workers in different occupations and industries.


  • More than 80 percent of job openings for workers with at least a bachelor’s degree are posted online, while less than half of advertisements for workers with less education are posted online.
  • Of the 1.9 million online job postings for workers with at least a bachelor’s degree, 61 percent are in white-collar professional occupations and in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the STEM fields.
  • The most in-demand white-collar professional jobs are accountants and auditors, and medical/health-services managers; the most in-demand STEM jobs are applications and software developers and computer-systems analysts.

Bottom Line: New data shed light on the demand for college-educated workers by industry and by occupation—and where to look for those positions.

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