Clear. Current. Comprehensive.
Lightcast products provide the world’s most detailed information about occupations, skills in demand, and career pathways, providing labor market insight to employers, educational institutions, and government agencies.
Data for decisions
Lightcast data has the breadth and depth to power practical decisions. We enable:
Pioneering the analysis of job postings
The millions of job postings put up worldwide every day are a rich source of information about what employers are looking for: specific skills, education, and responsibilities. Lightcast pioneered the collection and big-data analysis of job postings, gathering postings from more than 51,000 sources daily, including job boards, company websites, and other sources.
Our natural-language processing technology and sophisticated taxonomy extracts 70 different elements from every job posting, including:
● Job titles
● Job responsibilities
● Hard and soft skills in demand
● Experience requirements
● Education requirements (degrees, certificates, etc)
● Hurdles: background checks, drug tests
● Advertised salary/market estimates
● Benefits (i.e. work from home, child care)
● Values (i.e. Equal opportunity employer, diversity, family-friendly, fast-paced)
Current and historical postings
US job postings at any one time
European postings at any one time
Real-world career profiles
When someone shares their career history online, that offers insight into education, skills, and career trajectory. By collecting aggregated, anonymous data from millions of profiles, Lightcast tools can measure the supply of talent in a region and also provide insight into how skills and jobs develop into career pathways, enabling success and opportunity for workers.
Alumni Pathways uses real-world career profiles to show education institutions what skills and jobs their graduates have—helping schools validate existing programs and discover new opportunities.
An atlas of occupations and skills
The proprietary Lightcast Occupation Taxonomy covers nearly 2,000 occupations and over 30,000 skills, allowing us to make apples-to-apples comparisons between roles, whether they’re across occupations or across nations.
How our customers use it
The Lightcast skills taxonomy creates a common language for the world of work, helping connect employers, education institutions, communities, and individuals. Students and jobseekers can use Lightcast Skills to write better resumes and discover the top skills in demand. Colleges and universities can use Lightcast Skills to design and market work-relevant programs that help students communicate their skills to potential employers. Communities can use skills to describe the talent that businesses need, the abilities that local workers have, and any gaps between the two.
Our free Open Skills tools use this data to optimize resumes and job postings, helping match skills to occupations and workers to jobs.
A curated collection for a complete view
Lightcast products also include data from government agencies, which provide a long-term view of occupations and compensation—and our tools unsupress and regionalize the data beyond what’s publicly available.
Layered together with our own collections, these dozens of sources combine past trends and future projections in order to give the greatest possible context to drive meaningful decisions. Incorporating over 18 billion data points in a simple, accessible set of tools, we provide all the data you need all in one place.
Our Analyst platform gives you accessible dashboards that deliver clarity right away. For everything from demand and salary trends to career pathways, these products provide the exact collection of data you need.
Skills are the basic unit and shared language of the labor market. Identifying the skills required to a job enables clear understanding of the role—much more than a job title on its own can. Our tools identify skills that workers have and employers want, classified according to the Lightcast Open Skills Library, so that you can articulate and understand your exact need and how to meet it.
- Job Posting Analytics
For over two decades, Lightcast has been a pioneer in big-data analysis of job postings from all over the internet, and this is what sets us apart. Our tools collect raw data on postings from millions of sources, then synthesize and interpret those findings to provide meaningful insight in real time. Job posting analytics can identify supply and demand for workers, skills, and jobs all over the world, as well as important contextual details like compensation trends.
- Traditional Labor Market Information
Government sources all over the world publish their own research and statistics on compensation, industries, occupations, education, and demographics for their populations. This data is slower and less specific than Lightcast proprietary data, but it's still useful for understanding big-picture details on the labor market.
Lightcast products include relevant government data to help create the most complete and comprehensive insight possible, and we synthesize international data using the Lightcast Occupation Taxonomy to enable clear, standardized comparisons all over the world.
- Social Profile Data
When individuals post their resumes on the internet or build online profiles that include career information, they create an additional layer of data on skills and other relevant characteristics. That information, aggregated and anonymous, provides further detail into the supply of talent in a region, education outcomes, and career pathways. Lightcast uses this profile data to supplement our data from other sources.
Global in Scope
Lightcast solutions can solve problems almost anywhere you can imagine. Our database has information on over 150 countries for reference and consulting, while our global software products come ready with data on 28.
Countries use all kinds of different names and definitions to understand their own labor markets, so we solve this disparity by using our own taxonomy that unifies titles between countries and helps everyone speak the same language.
Having this broad view helps you compare markets across borders, determine where your company might expand, and understand the local skills landscape all over the world.