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Top 50 Job Skills Reports

The goal of the Top 50 Job Skills Reports is to highlight the job skills most likely to be required in the workforce by geographic area over the next ten years.

Job skills are personal abilities that help workers carry out job-related tasks. They are tangible and attainable skills that someone can acquire through training and education, often at local community colleges or technical schools. Job skills go into more detail than occupational titles by listing the work activities and tools & technologies typically required to perform well in an occupation. Specifically, job skills are:

Detailed Work Activities - Types of specific job behaviors or duties particular to an occupation (e.g. use computers to enter, access, or retrieve data)

Tools & Technologies - Machines, equipment, tools, and information technologies that one could be expected to use in a particular occupation (e.g. Microsoft Access)

The Center for Workforce Information & Analysis (CWIA) has compiled top 50 job skills lists by area showing the projected employment requiring the skill, the number of openings needing the skill, and the percentage of all openings using the job skill.

Data Sources:

  • CWIA Occupational Employment Projections
  • U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Information Network (O*NET) database


Pennsylvania’s Top 50 Job Skills

Workforce Development Areas

Berks (Berks) PDF
Bucks (Bucks) PDF
Central (Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Union) PDF
Chester (Chester) PDF
Delaware (Delaware) PDF
Lackawanna (Lackawanna) PDF
Lancaster (Lancaster) PDF
Lehigh Valley (Lehigh, Northampton) PDF
Luzerne-Schuylkill (Luzerne, Schuylkill) PDF
Montgomery (Montgomery) PDF
North Central (Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter) PDF
Northern Tier (Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wyoming) PDF
Northwest (Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Venango, Warren) PDF
Philadelphia (Philadelphia) PDF
Pocono (Carbon, Monroe, Pike, Wayne) PDF
South Central (Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lebanon, Perry, York) PDF
Southern Alleghenies (Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, Somerset) PDF
Southwest Corner (Beaver, Greene, Washington) PDF
Three Rivers (Allegheny) PDF
Tri-County (Armstrong, Butler, Indiana) PDF
West Central (Lawrence, Mercer) PDF
Westmoreland-Fayette (Fayette, Westmoreland) PDF