It makes even less sense than Kris Jenner getting her own talk show, yet somehow, even with nearly 11.8 million Americans out of work, millions of U.S. jobs remain open. According to a new study from CareerBuilder, 35 percent of companies are struggling to fill jobs, stating they have positions they have been trying to fill for 12 weeks or longer.
Although there is no shortage of readily-available talent, employers say these candidates lack the specialized skills they need to fill certain occupations – particularly in the areas of technology, sales and health care. According to Brent Rasmussen, President of CareerBuilder North America, the problem of finding these workers isn’t going to go away any time soon.
“The skills gap that exists for high-growth, specialized occupations will become even more pronounced in the years to come, prompting the need to place a greater emphasis on reskilling workers through formal education and on-the-job training,” Rasmussen says.
Where Employers Struggle Most: America’s Hardest-to-Fill Jobs
A new study from CareerBuilder provides insight into where companies are struggling the most. Pairing results from a survey of over 2,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals nationwide and job growth data from EMSI, CareerBuilder put together the following list of employers cited as most difficult to fill, in order of jobs added from 2010 to 2013:
- Sales Representative
- 584,792 new jobs added from 2010 to 2013
- 3.8 percent job growth from 2010 to 2013
- Machine Operator/Assembler/Production Worker
- 135,363 new jobs
- 9.9 percent growth
- 135,325 new jobs
- 5 percent growth
- Truck Driver
- 113,517 new jobs
- 6.7 percent growth
- Software Developer
- 103,708 new jobs
- 11.2 percent growth
- 73,995 new jobs
- 4.9 percent growth
- Marketing Professional
- 57,045 new jobs
- 11.3 percent growth
- 55,670 new jobs
- 4.5 percent growth
- 53,002 new jobs
- 4.1 percent growth
- IT Manager/Network Administrator
- 48,709 new jobs
- 7.5 percent growth
Is your company among those struggling to fill open positions? How are you working to overcome this challenge?
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