In Fall 2023, CSET is excited to begin work on our new PATHWISE (Prototype Analytics for Tracking High-demand Workforce in Innovative Skill Ecosystems) Project.


PATHWISE aims to develop and publicly share analytical reports, data visualizations, and tools that identify and track emerging technology talent across the United States. Building on CSET’s existing capabilities and expertise, the project will identify talent hubs and explore the talent development pipelines that prepare workers for these emerging fields.

Why PATHWISE? Need for Talent in Emerging Technologies

As emerging technologies transform the world, the U.S. faces a crucial challenge: meeting the demand for skilled workers in the fields of AI, cybersecurity, advanced computing, and other emerging technologies. Since 2019, CSET research has found that talent gaps impact both the public and private sectors and directly influence U.S. national security and economic competitiveness. Despite the importance of this issue, we often do not understand the dynamic flow of talent across the United States from schools to jobs.

Enter PATHWISE, an ambitious new initiative spearheaded by Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) with seed funding from the NobleReach Foundation. If PATHWISE succeeds in its mission, it could transform how we understand talent in critical emerging technology fields. It can provide better ways to track talent demand, align educational institutions with industry needs, and ultimately, improve national security and economic competitiveness by making sure the right people are in the right jobs at the right time.

What will PATHWISE Accomplish? Potential Outputs and Public Benefits

By researching these questions, PATHWISE, by late 2026,  hopes to produce:

In addition, all the research, code, and data visualization tools produced, whenever possible, will be publicly accessible via CSET websites, including GitHub repositories.

How Can I Help?

We are grateful to the NobleReach Foundation for providing pilot funding for this initiative, but we welcome additional contributions. If you want to contribute to this effort, please contact and reference PATHWISE for more information.