Where the Data Comes From

The WorkKeys job skill comparison charts compare the skill levels required by jobs in ACT's job profile database and the skill levels possessed by individuals who have taken the WorkKeys assessments. The data is based on 10,156 profiles conducted over the past ten years and WorkKeys test records for 2,185,873 examinees for 2014. This sample is not representative of all U.S. jobs or workers . However, it provides a large database on U.S. job skills.

The skills referred to in these charts are the generic, foundational skills held by workers who were tested or required by jobs that were profiled using the WorkKeys system.

The number of examinees for each skill area varies because not all of them took all the WorkKeys assessments.

For descriptive purposes, the jobs profiled can be grouped into six categories:

  • Administration and Sales
  • Business Operations
  • Technical
  • Science and Technology
  • Arts
  • Social Services

These correspond to the career clusters that help organize ACT’s World-of-Work Map.