Market Demand for Post-Baccalaureate Programs in Test Development

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1 Market Demand for Post-Baccalaureate Programs in Test Development Methodology This report includes data from online job postings in the United States in 2010, 2011, 20, and 2013 from January 1st to September 30th. To best estimate the national market for a post-baccalaureate certificate program and analogous professional preparation program option in test development, the Forum identified skills gained in test development programs, including (but not limited to) statistics, educational measurement, psychometrics, reliability, validity and validation, item response theory, assessment development, score reporting, test equating, SPSS, IRTPRO, BILOG, PARSCALE, and Winsteps. Top Skills Employers Demand Familiarity with Multiple Programming Languages Curricula of master s degrees programs in high performance computing should incorporate instruction in a range of programming languages such as C++, Unix, Java, and Perl to ensure graduates skills satisfy employer demand. Top Skills Demanded of Graduates of Test Development Programs Nationally, September C++ JAVA Validation LINUX Product Development Python Microsoft C# PERL SQL SAS Data Analysis Electrical Engineering Psychology Debugging SPSS UNIX Test Tools Mathematics Software Testing Visual Basic Computer Engineering JavaScript Software Architecture Oscilloscopes Object-Oriented Analysis and Design (OOAD) Programming Languages 2013 The Advisory Board Company 1 eab.com

2 Employers Demand Communication, Research, and Writing Skills of Test Development Programs Top baseline skills in job postings for graduates of test development programs include communication skills, writing, research, leadership, and planning skills. Employers also demand familiarity with the Microsoft Suite, and management ability (management, project management, supervisory skills). Top Baseline Skills Demanded of Graduates of Test Development Programs Nationally, September Communication Skills Writing Research Leadership Planning Organizational Skills Quality Assurance and Control Problem Solving Management Project Management Teaching Troubleshooting Microsoft Excel Microsoft Windows Detail-Oriented Microsoft Office English Meeting Deadlines Strategic Planning Creativity Analytical Skills Supervisory Skills Budgeting Presentation Skills , The Advisory Board Company 2 eab.com

3 Top Titles Graduates Secure Employment as Test Development Engineers Employers express demand for graduates of test development programs to serve as test development engineers. Other titles include psychometrician, test automation developer, director of assessment, and test developer. Top Titles for Graduates of Test Development Programs Nationally, September Test Development Engineer Psychometrician Test Automation Developer Director Of Assessment Test Developer Senior Test Development Engineer Senior Ic Test Development Engineer Staff Test Development Engineer Development Test And Evaluation Analyst Development Test Engineer Director Of Institutional Research And Assessment Test Development Specialist Senior Psychometrician Director Of Outpatient AOD Director Of Academic Assessment Lead Test Development Engineer Test Development Manager Assessment Developer Test Development Engineering Intern Automation Test Developer Test Development Assistant Test Developer Architect Test Development Engineer II Test Development Principal Engineer MTS Test Development Engineer Engineering Positions The Advisory Board Company 3 eab.com

4 Top Regions Demand for Graduates of Test Development Programs is Concentrated in California California expresses the highest demand for graduates of test development programs. MSAs include San Jose Sunnyvale Santa Clara, San Francisco Oakland Fremont, and Los Angeles Long Beach Santa Ana. The Washington Arlington Alexandra MSA expresses the second highest demand and the Boston Cambridge Quincy MSA expresses the third highest demand. Top MSAs for Graduates of Test Development Programs Nationally, September San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH New York-New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Iowa City, IA Boulder, CO Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA Trenton-Ewing, NJ Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH St. Louis, MO-IL Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL California MSAs SREB states The Advisory Board Company 4 eab.com

5 California Displays Highest Demand of Test Development Programs of any Single State Likely due in part to the large state population, California displays over 20 percent of demand for graduates of test development programs. Massachusetts and Illinois express the second and third highest demand for these graduates respectively. Top States for Graduates of Test Development Programs Nationally, September California Massachusetts Illinois New York Texas Colorado Virginia Arizona Washington New Jersey Minnesota Michigan North Carolina Florida Maryland District of Columbia Iowa Ohio Georgia Pennsylvania Oregon Indiana Missouri Wisconsin Connecticut SREB States The Advisory Board Company eab.com

6 Universities Display the Highest Demand for Test Development Graduates in SREB States Institutions of higher education in Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states express high demand for graduates of test development programs. The top employers include the University of North Carolina, East Carolina University, and University of Maryland. Of 64 total job postings for test development program graduates in SREB states, no single employer posted more than jobs in the last year; test development positions are distributed across a large number of employers. Top Employers for Graduates of Test Development Programs SREB States, September University of North Carolina Jabil Circuit East Carolina University 11 American Nurses Association 10 North Carolina State University General Dynamics Analog Devices Incorporated CGI Group Golden Living Centers University of Maryland Universities Dell Full Sail University Esg Consulting First Data Covance Incorporated Cisco Systems Incorporated Finra Teledyne Electronic Technical University of Oklahoma 4 n = 64 job postings with 138 unspecified 2013 The Advisory Board Company 6 eab.com

7 Top Industries Graduates Can Secure Employment in the Educational Services and Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Industries Employers in the educational services industry express the highest demand for graduates of test development programs. The professional, scientific, and technical services industries display the second highest demand for graduates of test development programs. Top Industries for Graduates with Master s Degrees in High Performance Computing Nationally, September Educational Services Professional, Scientific, And Technical Services Computer And Electronic Product Manufacturing Publishing Industries (except Internet) Administrative And Support Services Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Hospitals Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods Chemical Manufacturing National Security And International Affairs Insurance Carriers And Related Activities Credit Intermediation And Related Activities Data Processing, Hosting, And Related Services Ambulatory Health Care Services Telecommunications Executive, Legislative and Government Support Professional Organizations Nursing And Residential Care Facilities Other Information Services Financial Investments And Related Activities Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing Electronics And Appliance Stores Broadcasting (except Internet) General Merchandise Stores Social Assistance n = 3,013 job postings with 78 unspecified 2013 The Advisory Board Company 7 eab.com

8 Number of Job Postings COE Forum Growth in Employer Demand Employer Demand for Graduates of Test Development Programs has Increased 40 Percent Since 2010 National employer demand for graduates of test development programs increased by 60 percent between 2010 and Although employer demand decreased by 11 percent in 2011, demand increased by 11 percent between 2011 and 20. Although 20 indicates another 11 percent decrease in employer demand for these graduates, overall employer demand has increased 40 percent between 2010 and Growth in Employer Demand for Graduates of Test Development Programs Nationally, January 2010-June ,37 1,2 1,34 1,0 1,328 1, H H H H2 20 H1 20 H H The Advisory Board Company 8 eab.com

9 Burning Glass Labor/Insight Burning Glass The Education Advisory Board s Partner for Real-Time Labor Market Data Part of the data included in this report made possible through our partnership with Burning Glass, a Boston-based firm specializing in use of web spidering technology and Artificial Intelligence engines to mine more than 80 million online job postings for real-time employer demand data. Under the partnership, the Education Advisory Board may use certain features of Burning Glass s proprietary tool called Labor/Insight TM to answer common member questions about employer demand for specific educational requirements, job titles, and competencies over time and by geography. A fuller description of the tool is available at Learn about Burning Glass and Labor/Insight TM Many Education Advisory Board member institutions subscribe to the Labor/Insight TM tool, to provide program directors and marketers desktop access to the tool s full suite of features. Burning Glass is pleased to provide Labor/Insight TM to our members at a substantial discount. For more information about the service, please contact Kelly Bailey, Business Development Manager, or Definition of Terms The total number of unspecified job postings included in a data sample is indicated below all charts and graphs in this report. Job postings are considered unspecified for a skill, industry, employer, geography, certification, education requirement, or major when the job posting did not advertise for one of these particular job characteristics and therefore should be subtracted from the total number (n value) of job postings analyzed in the query. Capital cities may be overrepresented in instances where job postings do not specify a location within a state The Advisory Board Company eab.com

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