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April 27, 2015

Makeover Monday: Where Is the Global Talent Pool Expected to Come from in 2030?

Twitter follower Sean Trout sent me a link to this tweet from OECD:
These pie charts are part of a larger study conducted by OECD, which you can read here. Some thoughts about these pie charts:

  1. The author is trying to show the change from 2013 to 2030. Using two pie charts makes this more difficult than necessary. At least, though, they kept the countries in the same order.
  2. The pies do not add up to 100%, I assume due to rounding. The 2013 pie adds up to 101% and the 2030 pie adds up to 102%.
  3. The focus is on the top 20 countries, so the “Other” category isn’t needed.
  4. The labels on the pies include both the country name and the value. A table would be better than this. Adding all of these labels makes the chart way too busy.
  5. There are two key metrics in the data: share of degrees and the number of degrees. The pie chart doesn’t provide enough context for understanding where the number of degrees will be coming from.

Given all of the above, I decided to create a slope graph.

  1. I included a parameter which allows you to select the metric. 
  2. This option, along with using a slope graph, really helps show how dramatic the change is for China and India. 
  3. Switch back and forth between the parameter options and you’ll see quite a different story.


  1. Great work!
    A little typo: 25-24 should be 25-34 in the title.

    1. Thanks Alex! I fixed it on Desktop and on the image I posted, but Tableau Public keeps giving me an error when I try to republish it. Oh well!