What skills are employers asking for?

At Typist, we build cutting-edge keyboarding software for college students.

To determine what keyboarding skills employers require, we used artificial intelligence to analyze over 600 administrative job openings in British Columbia, Canada. Our goal was to determine:

  • How many administrative job postings require keyboarding or typing skills?
  • What keyboarding speeds do employees require?
  • How exactly do employers ask for these skills?

Here's what we learned.

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What are companies saying about keyboarding?

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What keyboarding speeds do employers require?

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Eligibility at 40 wpm

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Eligibility at 50 wpm

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Students attend college to gain the skills they need for their careers. However, learning to touch type at the speed expected by employers requires consistent practice, excellent instruction, and great software to support the student's journey.

Using the same techniques of data science and machine learning that we used in this analysis, we build industry leading keyboarding software to help college students achieve career success.

This data science analysis created for the faculty at British Columbia's BEAC Conference on May 2nd, 2018. If you're a faculty member who would like to learn more, please click here to contact us, or click here to learn more about Typist.


Matt McInnis, CEO Typist.