The skills gap is usually talked about in broad terms. But employers don’t see it that way. They need to find specific skills needed in particular jobs, even as, in many cases, there’s no accepted standard for how that job should be described.

The National Network took a step to solving that problem today with its new set of occupational profiles, developed with Burning Glass. Across 17 industries and 52 occupations, we used real-time labor data to assess the specific skills needed in each position, the educational requirements, how many are open to entry level applicants, well as identifying the specific skills that are hard for employers to find. There are even sample job descriptions for employers to use.

This gives employers a tool to be more precise in their hiring, and helps job seekers figure out what skills they’ll need for their chosen career.

“Rather than rely solely on college degrees to serve as a proxy for job candidates’ skills and abilities, employers now have a tool to gauge specific competencies that translate to job success,” said Dane Linn, vice president at Business Roundtable, which leads the National Network.

You can see a sample occupational profile below. If you want to review the whole set, from Bakers and Diesel Mechanics to Treasurer/Comptrollers, you can download the report from the National Network.

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Scott Bittle is Communications Director at Burning Glass Technologies.