Digitalization and the American Workforce

  • Visualization
  • United States
  • Brookings Institute
Digitalization Workforce Viz

This report presents a detailed analysis of changes in the digital content of 545 occupations covering 90 percent of the U.S. workforce in all industries since 2001 through a series of interactive data visualizations. The analysis categorizes U.S. occupations into jobs that require high, medium or low digital skills and tracks the impacts of rapid change. The full report concludes with implications of the key findings and suggests ways communities can work with firms and workers to spread the benefits of digitalization while mitigating its potentially harmful effects.


The primary data source of occupational digital scores is the Occupation Information Network (O*NET) database, a project funded by Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) to provide comprehensive information about every occupation in the U.S. economy.