10 Jobs That Employers Are Desperate To Fill

By Debra Auerbach

If you're a job seeker, you know how competitive it can be when you're trying to land a job. So it might be surprising to you that some employers are having a tough time finding the right people to fill open positions. In fact, 35 percent of hiring managers currently have positions that have remained unfilled for 12 weeks or longer, according to new research by CareerBuilder. That's because certain occupations often require workers with specialized skills, and there aren't enough workers with those skills to fill the gaps in employment.

"Although the recession created an abundant pool of readily-available, unemployed talent that still exists today, employers are struggling to find new employees for technology-related occupations, sales, health care and a variety of other areas," says Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America. "Two in five employers (41 percent) reported that they continuously recruit throughout the year so that they have candidates in their pipeline in case a position opens up down the road."

In order to help narrow the skills gap that exists for these high-growth, specialized occupations, Rasmussen says that employers need to place a greater emphasis on reskilling workers through formal education and on-the-job training.

CareerBuilder asked employers to identify the hardest-to-fill positions within their organizations that stay open 12 weeks or longer and paired that information with job growth data provided by Economic Modeling Specialists to create a list of occupations that are experiencing strong growth. These jobs present good opportunities for job seekers or those who are open to a career change.

Here's the list, in order of jobs added from 2010 to 2013:

1.Sales representative
Number of jobs added from 2010 to 2013: 584,792*
Percent job growth from 2010 to 2013: 3.8*

2. Machine operator/assembler/production worker
Number of jobs added: 135,363
Percent job growth: 9.9

3. Nurse
Number of jobs added: 135,325
Percent job growth: 5

4. Truck driver
Number of jobs added: 113,517
Percent job growth: 6.7

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5. Software developer
Number of jobs added: 103,708
Percent job growth: 11.2

6. Engineer
Number of jobs added: 73,995
Percent job growth: 4.9

7. Marketing professional
Number of jobs added: 57,045
Percent job growth: 11.3

8. Accountant
Number of jobs added: 55,670
Percent job growth: 4.5

9. Mechanic
Number of jobs added: 53,002
Percent job growth: 4.1

10. IT manager/network administrator
Number of jobs added: 48,709
Percent job growth: 7.5

*Data on the number of new jobs added since 2010 and corresponding growth percentages were provided by EMSI, a CareerBuilder company. EMSI data is collected from more than 90 federal and state sources, such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau and state labor departments. EMSI removes suppressions often found in publically available data and includes proprietors, creating a complete picture of the workforce.

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