Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Physical Sciences field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Physical Sciences majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Physical Sciences majors need more than the average amount of Programming, Science, Technology Design, Mathematics, Quality Control Analysis, Operations Analysis, Troubleshooting, Operation Monitoring, Systems Analysis, Systems Evaluation, Operation and Control, Management of Financial Resources, Management of Material Resources, Complex Problem Solving, Writing, Learning Strategies, Time Management, Reading Comprehension, Judgment and Decision Making, Speaking, Critical Thinking, Persuasion, Active Learning, Active Listening, Instructing, Management of Personnel Resources, Negotiation, Monitoring, Social Perceptiveness, Coordination, Service Orientation, Equipment Selection, Repairing, Equipment Maintenance, and Installation.
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 Physical Sciences 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, Writing, Critical Thinking, Speaking, Active Listening, Complex Problem Solving, Judgment and Decision Making, Mathematics, Active Learning, Systems Analysis, Time Management, Systems Evaluation, Science, Monitoring, Learning Strategies, Social Perceptiveness, Instructing, Persuasion, Coordination, Service Orientation, Management of Personnel Resources, Negotiation, Operations Analysis, Quality Control Analysis, Operation Monitoring, Management of Financial Resources, Management of Material Resources, Operation and Control, Programming, Troubleshooting, Technology Design, Equipment Selection, Equipment Maintenance, Repairing, and Installation are the three most important skills for people in the field.