With 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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