We are happy to introduce Udemy’s Skills Index, an analysis of trends based on our top 100 paid online courses. Technology topped the list for American students. The infographic below illustrates a number of interesting early findings.
- Technology courses are most popular on Udemy. This may not be much of a surprise, given where the jobs of the future will be found. The most recent biennial update from the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted in 2012 that employment in all computer occupations is expected to increase by 22 percent by 2020.
- Udemy’s most avid technology students are new to the workforce: young people aged 25-34, followed by those aged between 35 and 44.
- The top 10 professions consuming tech courses are diverse — ranging from the expected Web Developers to Small Business Owners and Cashiers. Both CEO’s and students need technology skills to get ahead.
- On a per-capita basis the states with the most tech students include the expected California at number 2 and states with growing tech industries like Colorado, Utah and New Hampshire. Washington D.C., not typically known for it’s tech-savvy, topped the list.
- Programming languages top the list of most popular tech topics, followed by IT administration. Given that IT staff and engineers are amongst the top hardest-to-fill jobs in the United States, this should come as no surprise — folks are taking courses where the jobs can be found.