The most in-demand—and most lacking--skills in manufacturing are creativity, analysis, cross-functional team leadership and critical thinking, according to a new quarterly Skills Index by Strayer@Work, part of Strayer University.

The index looked at seven industries. Here are the skills most in demand by sector:


  • Financial Services: P&L Management, SQL and Budget Management
  • Food and Beverage: Organization and Prioritization, Communication, Time Management and Interpersonal Skills
  • Healthcare: Programming, Strategy, Analysis, Database Administration and Cross-Functional Team Leadership
  • Information Technology: Performance Measurement, IT Audit, Resource Allocation and Scheduling
  • Manufacturing: Creativity, Analysis, Cross-functional Team Leadership and Critical Thinking
  • Retail: Multi-channel Retail, District Management, Shopper Marketing
  • Travel and Tourism: CPM Scheduling, Enterprise Software, and Wireless and Interactive Advertising

The Strayer@Work Skills Index analyzed select skills in the public profiles of LinkedIn members in the United States. It measures both the supply and demand of the select skills. The supply side of the formula measures how prevalent select skills are within the profiles of members in a particular industry, relative to the overall population of LinkedIn members in the U.S. The demand side of the formula shows how desired select skills are within a particular industry, relative to its overall demand, as measured by U.S. members who received an InMail message from a recruiter within the past year.

To view the interactive findings by industry, visit and follow the conversation on Twitter at @StrayerAtWork.