Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Information Science field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Information Science majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Information Science majors need more than the average amount of Programming, Installation, Technology Design, Science, Equipment Selection, Operations Analysis, Mathematics, Systems Analysis, Reading Comprehension, Complex Problem Solving, Active Learning, Systems Evaluation, Critical Thinking, Instructing, Learning Strategies, Writing, Service Orientation, Management of Personnel Resources, Coordination, Active Listening, Speaking, Judgment and Decision Making, Monitoring, Time Management, Management of Material Resources, Persuasion, Management of Financial Resources, Operation Monitoring, Social Perceptiveness, Negotiation, Equipment Maintenance, Repairing, Operation and Control, Quality Control Analysis, and Troubleshooting.
These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Information Science majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Programming is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking, Active Listening, Writing, Speaking, Complex Problem Solving, Active Learning, Mathematics, Judgment and Decision Making, Science, Systems Analysis, Coordination, Monitoring, Instructing, Systems Evaluation, Learning Strategies, Operations Analysis, Service Orientation, Time Management, Programming, Social Perceptiveness, Management of Personnel Resources, Persuasion, Negotiation, Technology Design, Operation Monitoring, Management of Financial Resources, Management of Material Resources, Quality Control Analysis, Equipment Selection, Operation and Control, Troubleshooting, Installation, Equipment Maintenance, and Repairing are the three most important skills for people in the field.