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Professional Skills Map

Have you ever wondered what other jobs in publishing you might be suited for? 

We know many job seekers have a full set of skills that are waiting to be transferred but they often don’t know which roles might fit best. 

The SSP Professional Skills Map presents the most frequently reported personal characteristics and interpersonal and technical skills that are (a) essential to success and (b) emerging needs for development. All answers will be anonymized and analyzed in conjunction with aggregated data.

Scroll down to explore the 2019 map and learn more!

We’ve divided the field of scholarly publishing into four broad categories at the top level, followed by the professional roles reported by survey respondents (you can find the number of respondents listed after each role). Each role can be expanded to reveal the desirable personal characteristics, essentials for success, and emerging needs for that role. Skills and characteristics at the end of each branch indicate the percent of respondents who endorsed that item.

How to Use this Map

Each branch of the map can be expanded multiple levels to reveal further detail. Click the radial circle at the end of a node to expand the next level. Click it again to collapse the level. Use the + and – symbols in the upper left corner of the map to zoom in and out, and use the crosshairs to recenter the map. Click the double arrow in the upper right corner to jump to the map in your full browser.

Please note: This interactive map is best displayed using your browser’s desktop mode.

How We Created this Map

In late 2019, SSP undertook the ambitious effort of surveying the wider scholarly publishing industry, reaching out to SSP members and others via email and social media, about the professional skills needed and desired in their roles.

Respondents were asked to share the type of organization they were affiliated with, the business area for their current role, their title, and years in the industry. Respondents were then asked to identify multiple personal characteristics and skills affiliated with current success and future career development.

Once data collection was complete, we parsed the responses by professional role within organization type, and then identified all responses endorsed by more than 25% of respondents.

Future directions for this project include adding more professional roles to the Research, Society, and Library nodes, as well as linking shared skills across job titles.

For more information, contact Jacklyn Lord at