America’s 10 Toughest Jobs to Fill
Manpower recently released their annual Talent Shortage Survey, in which they identified the 10 toughest jobs to fill in US. With 25 million Americans out of work or underemployed it might be hard to believe that any employer is struggling to fill positions. But surprisingly, Manpower reports that 52 percent of the employers in the survey are having trouble filling jobs. In the 2010 survey, only 14 percent of companies reported problems filling jobs. Now the percentage has nearly quadrupled.
The “Top 10” jobs to fill include:
- Skilled Trade Workers
- Sales Representatives
- Accounting & Finance Staff
- IT Staff
- Management & Executives
- Administrative Assistants
Geography plays a significant role too. While engineers, accountants, sales representatives and skilled trade workers are in short supply in one area, it might be tough to find a job in those professions elsewhere. Globally, a third of all employers say they have difficulty filling jobs. Lack of experienced workers is the most frequently cited reason, globally, as well as in every region in the survey. In the Americas, lack of experience was followed by a lack of skills.
For example, companies are looking to replace more than half of their engineers over the next eight years, because baby boomers are retiring. When you have 80,000 engineers working for you, as Lockheed Martin does, that's a lot of jobs. Even if every single seat in the nation's engineering schools is filled, that's only 75,000 engineers being trained annually. That won't come close to making up the shortage. Engineering is a field that requires years of experience before you take on major responsibility. It's one thing to learn the theory of building a bridge or a tunnel in school, but it's quite another to have decades of work at it behind you.
Also, any government-funded project requires an engineer to have passed the test to get a professional engineering license. It is estimated that only one in 10 engineers has that advanced-level document.
We recommend that organizations that depend on these jobs develop a solid strategic workforce plan and proactively identify and cultivate workers who may be a good fit for their organization.