Top 10 Jobs Employers Can't Fill In 2011

employers can't fill jobsWith nationwide unemployment still hovering around 9 percent, it may come as a surprise that employers have job openings, but can't fill them.

According to Manpower's annual Talent Shortage Survey, about 52 percent of the employers surveyed reported difficulty filling jobs. This is up from 14 percent in 2010, nearly a four-fold increase.

Do you have what it takes to fill one of these roles?

1. Technicians

Though the term is somewhat broad, technicians can be found installing, configuring, troubleshooting and repairing products and services of all kinds. Technician roles have been the most difficult to fill since 2008, according to Manpower.

-- Find technician jobs

2. Sales Representatives

Someone has to deal with the consumer on the products and services that the aforementioned technicians are working with all day. Sales representatives inform potential customers about their products, from automobiles to insurance.

-- Find sales jobs

3. Skilled Trades Workers

Electricians, plumbers, welders and HVAC specialists alike are, apparently, in high demand and low supply. With "lack of 'hard' job skills" as a top reason for the difficulty in filling these positions, we'd say that trade schools have their work cut out.

-- Find skilled labor/trades jobs

4. Engineers

Engineers cover the gamut from electrical to aerospace, and spend their days researching and developing solutions to the nation's development and well-being. Many large universities now partner their engineering programs with companies like G.E. in order to provide students with the most specialized training possible.

-- Find engineering jobs

5. Secretaries/Administrative Assistants

Administrative assistants, personal assistants and secretaries are all instrumental in keeping any office running smoothly. Even with the ubiquitous BlackBerry's presence in the corporate world, there's no replacement for human contact.

-- Find administrative jobs

6. Drivers

Got a clean record with the DMV? You might be a good fit as a driver (courier, in some cases) for one of countless companies that need to transport physical goods from Point A to Point B.

-- Find driver/courier jobs

7. Production Operators

Production operators can be found at assembly lines and production plants across the nation, working hard to assemble the goods that Americans depend and thrive on day-to-day. The potential for advancement to managerial roles is great.

-- Find production operator jobs

8. Laborers

Laborers can be found performing all sorts of roles on construction sites, from the easy to the hazardous. Much of the training is provided on-the-job, although there are apprenticeship programs available that lead to the best formal preparation.

-- Find laborer jobs

9. Accounting & Finance

Financial jobs can require a great deal of formal education, but provide great long-term rewards. Internships typically prove beneficial in providing hands-on experience that can lead to an entry-level position.

-- Find finance jobs

10. Management/Executives

Don't let the word "executive" scare you. Management roles are available on numerous experience levels, and can be rewarding both for yourself and those you lead. Leadership can "make or break" any job.

-- Find manager jobs

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The one and the only reason some employers cannot find workers is that they are cheap and do not want to pay the workers what they are worth for the skills they have.

September 01 2011 at 5:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The thing they forgot to put in the article, you have to move to China where the jobs are, not the US.

September 01 2011 at 4:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Folks..All these jobs are available and in demand..BUT...Only for MANPOWER hahahahah its a wonder they can get anyone for a job, all the jobs they list they only wanna pay 8 to 10 bucks an hour hahahahha, while they collect the other 8 to 15 an hour you work for them...Jezz only in America

September 01 2011 at 3:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'am a long time heavy equipment operator (finish grade dozer) and yea there jobs but they want to pay almost the same as someone off the street.

September 01 2011 at 3:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Administrative assistant/secretarial positions in demand? I know several qualified, experienced people looking for this type of job. All have remained unemployed for over a year.

September 01 2011 at 2:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As a machinist I can tell you that this article is right on the mark. Right now at this moment my employer has 3 openings for machinist. They have interviewed dozens of applicants but when they go through screening process we keep finding the same four things. First they cannot pass a simple 6th grade arithemetic test (Trig is a needed skill for a machinist). Second they cannot pass a very basic skills test than any apprentice should pass with 100% after just a month of training (passing is 60%). Third, they can't pass a simple drug screening with three days notice. And finally they can't pass a background check (no felony convictions in the last 7 years). I don't think our requirements are that demanding. The biggest of the above 4 is the lack of skill. Training is number one. We have no vocational schools for adults anywhere in my state or nearby. There is a vocational high school but it is only open to kids. When the kids get out they cannot get jobs because they don't have enough training. Manufacturers want workers with skills. They want them to be able to use machines and equipment that they buy but all too often they have never even seen the equipment before never mind know how to use it. Another problem is that once employed a lot of workers have little opportunity for development. Many employers want their workers to just run one machine until they no longer need that machine then they chuck the machine into the dumpster and the worker into the unemployment line. At that point that worker only knows how to run that one machine which is now obsolete and so is he. Any state that wants to improve the lot of workers needs to provide vocational schools for adults. I am not sugesting that they provide this education for free. I am sugesting they make it available for students to obtain and pay for. I would be more than willing myself to improve my own skills but there are NO adult vocational schools within 60 miles of my home or workplace and not one in my state at all.

September 01 2011 at 2:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A Welder huh ... ! Ive been a welder for 35 years , the last 20 , with Railcar Leasing Giant , GATX , until I spoke up about age discriminations, gutter language in the office ( grandmother down the hall ) and a coverup from bottom to the top, with GATX CEO, Brian Kenney ... acknowledging all and gesturing to " just keep working oldtimer " ... June 12, 2011 , let go , out of work , no $$$ , no benifits ... Yet , I would do it again ... STAND UP ... for humanity again ...!!! John . J. Pressley Northwest Indiana, United States of America ...

September 01 2011 at 12:47 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

this jobs are for people who like work and smart you need both force and brain

September 01 2011 at 12:31 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

There is no way accountants and finance personnel are in high demand. I have been out of work for over a year and I have a degree. Employers are hiring people with CPA and MBA designations to do staff accountant work with a 1/3 pay cut and the reason they can hire these people is because there is a glut of accountants available. The work is not there.

September 01 2011 at 12:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The reason drivers came up as a hard to fill position is that nobody wants to do it anymore. Especially with the kind of traffic that is on the roads now. The average age of long haul drivers is in the fifties and short haul local drivers and couriers are usually required to have perfect driving records. So as a consequence of local governments creatively generating revenue from bogus traffic fines in ever increasing ways using technology such as red light cameras, subcontracted laser tracking devices and a host of others to rob the working poor and thus eliminating most every motorist from a driving position.

August 31 2011 at 11:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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