Lightcast Sectors
Updated over a week ago


Lightcast Sectors are sections of the labor market that are of particular interest but that are not easily quantifiable using traditional occupations or industry hierarchies.

Sectors are based on industry experience, and are developed by Lightcast economists and researchers in collaboration with industry experts. These sectors are often used to drive public research released by Lightcast on particular sections of the labor market.

Lightcast Sectors are available in US job postings.

How Lightcast Applies Sectors

Sectors are available for job postings only. Sectors may be defined with a combination of industries, occupations, skills, certifications, and more posting-based filters that are not easily replicable via a standard interface.

The advantage of Lightcast Sectors is that they are tagged on individual job postings, based on any of the associated criteria. As a result, sectors can see nuance in individual roles: while some Electrical Engineers work in green fields, not every Electrical Engineer opportunity is green. Sectors differentiate based on the skills and industry.


Green Jobs

Lightcast Sectors for Green Jobs are built off of work done by Lightcast in collaboration with Working Nation to understand the breadth of green jobs across the country. These resulted in a series of reports viewing the national landscape for green jobs, as well as in individual states: Green Jobs Now.

With the addition of Green Jobs in the Analyst platform as a Lightcast Sector, communities and researchers can explore the demand for Green Jobs in their own region, or within specific industries. Historic postings have been tagged, enabling a look at how the sectors have changed over the years.

These green jobs have been split into three categories, similar to the four within the report:

  1. Core Green jobs are primarily focused in the green economy.

  2. Green Enabling jobs work at green firms, but may not work directly in green tech.

  3. Green Enabled jobs require green skills.

While the reports included "Potential Green" jobs, these are omitted from the product. "Potential Green" are essentially any role that do not currently include green skills but could in the future; for example, any Electrical Engineer could become green in the future.

Data Privacy and Protection

The Data Privacy and Protection Sector refers to areas of the labor market specifically focused on this growing market segment. Lightcast has developed this sector over the past several years through research with a number of partner organizations.

Data Protection refers to the safeguarding of information via technical means, often pursuant to legislation such as GDPR and the California Consumer Privacy Act.

Data Privacy refers to data access and availability, and restriction thereof, to prevent malicious use, damage, or corruption.

Artificial Intelligence

The Lightcast Sector Artificial Intelligence is built from work done to develop the Stanford AI Index. Primarily based on skills, this sector helps users understand the growth of AI-related skills across the labor market. This sector includes skills related to AI, Autonomous Driving, Natural Language Processing, Neural Networks, Machine Learning, Robotics, and Visual Image Recognition.

Using the Artificial Intelligence sector, users can view how AI skills are impacting specific parts of any segment of the labor market, including localized demand, demand within specific industries, and changes across occupations as AI becomes increasingly prevalent.

v2 of AI sector was released March 22, 2024 to align with latest research


The cybersecurity sector enables users to understand the breadth of demand for this talent across the United States. Developed over multiple years alongside NIST and CompTIA to power CyberSeek, this sector is based on a combination of skills and occupations to shed light into this crucial part of the labor market.

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