Executive Summary

Uncover the world's top skill trends

I’m honored to introduce the 2020 Global Skills Index, an in-depth look at the state of skills around the world made possible by 65 million learners that use Coursera, including 15 million new learners who have joined since March.

“It’s clear that institutions must work together to address the underlying inequities in our society, further exposed by this crisis. We hope this report inspires action to provide equal access to job-relevant skills that will be essential to our future.”

Executive Summary
jeff maggioncalda
ceo, coursera

Global Highlights

Skill proficiency percent gained for a country is associated with a $600 increase in GDP per capita.

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Accessibility
Accessibility
Countries with equal access to the Internet have higher skill proficiencies
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Equality
Equality
Countries excelling in critical skills see more income equality
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Progress
Progress
Higher skills proficiency is linked to economic progress

Industry Highlights

Industries with more highly skilled talent, especially in tech skills, see higher stock returns and less disruption from COVID-19.

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Technology
Technology
is a leading sector in the industry and data science domain
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Manufacturing
Manufacturing
is the most highly skilled industry in the business domain
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Insurance
Insurance
is the least skilled industry in data science and technology

Role & Education Highlights

Business, technology, and data science skills give students a competitive edge in the workforce.

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Cutting-edge
Cutting-edge
Students majoring in Math & Statistics, and Physical Sciences have the strongest skills across domains
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Emerging
Emerging
80% of higher education students whose learning has been disrupted are in emerging or lagging countries
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Lagging
Lagging
Health Professions students perform poorly in business, tech, and data science skills

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