5 Jobs That Employers Are Begging To Fill In 2012

It's a conundrum: Many employers have jobs that they can't fill even though millions of Americans want and need work.

A recent Right Management survey of 600 employers found that 90 percent of them are finding it difficult to fill key positions, despite the nation's historically high unemployment rate.

So just what kind of jobs are going unfilled? According to CareerBuilder.com, which compiles an annual list of hard-to-fill jobs, they include positions such as these:

Account Executive (sales representative)
  • Mean national salary: $85,000
  • Example of who's hiring: Automatic Data Processing Inc.
  • Top college majors: business administration, accounting and marketing
  • Average level of education: 50 percent have a bachelor degree and 22 percent have a master's or higher

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Net Developer (mobile developer, Web developer, software developer)
  • Mean national salary: $85,000
  • Example of who's hiring: Hewlett-Packard Co.
  • Top college majors: computer science, business administration and management information systems
  • Average level of education: 49 percent have a bachelor's and 37 percent have a master's or higher

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Financial Analyst (business analyst, credit analyst, accountant)
  • Mean national salary: $65,500
  • Example of who's hiring: Accountemps (staffing firm)
  • Top college majors: business administration, accounting and finance
  • Average level of education: 49 percent have a bachelor's and 37 percent have a master's or higher

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CDL Driver (truck driver)
  • Mean national salary: $44,500
  • Example of who's hiring: Schneider National Inc.
  • Top skills/requirements: commercial driver's license, tractor trailer experience and Department of Transportation medical card
  • Average level of education: 71 percent have a high school education, 15 percent have an associate's, 14 percent have a bachelor's or higher

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Healthcare Case Manager (registered nurse, program manager)
  • Mean national salary: $68,000
  • Example of who's hiring: UnitedHealth Group
  • Top majors: business administration, nursing and psychology
  • Average level of education: 42 percent have a bachelor's and 32 percent have a master's or higher

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What these corporations are doing to americans today will come back to bite them someday. People are so sick of being downgraded, underpaid and treated like machines, companies will come begging somday. I probably won't be here to see it but I believe it will happen. In the future all they are going to have to choose from as an employee is someone who barely has any education or someone who is so high up they won't take a medium job. They need to be investing in people now.

March 04 2013 at 4:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm very surprised to hear that Account Managers are in demand. I have 20 years experience as a Salesman selling capital equipment to large electronics companies. I was very successful in my efforts, winning Salesman of the Year twice. Much of my experience is in Account Management. I have both a technical degree and a business degree. My sales job was eliminated several years ago as my company went more toward using manufactures reps to sell, rather than direct people. Fortunately I am still gainfully employed in another position but I have applied for a number of Account Management positions with no response to my applications. Not even a "hey thanks your interest in our company". So I wonder.... may be they can tell my age from my resume and just aren't interested in higher people with experience.....

March 04 2013 at 3:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Also, Michael -while I've been out of the Trucking industry only a few years (so I'm sure not much has 'changed'), you don't have to always drive Team (2 drivers). Most drivers start out OTR as Newbies, then graduate to Solo drivers (but you knew that :) And after a full year of driving experience, some local companies WILL hire you for day work (not O.T.R.). The day/local jobs pay hourly. But you do have to check around, because all trucking places are not equal.

But I do hear what you're saying - about companies pushing drivers to near exhaustion. Been there, done that; which is why I got out after only 3 years. The BS they feed you is surreal .. so many MT promises: pay, raises, vacations, bonuses.. None of it worth your health or sanity.

April 20 2012 at 3:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

One of the real daggers here is so many people I know are not even remotely interested in these hi-end professions. And it has zilch to do with their backgrounds or IQ. I once had interest in pursuing a Tech degree/licensing but discovered I had zero passion for it, despite the high salary. Upon careful observation at my local employment/training office, many were only interested in the new job openings at the recently-expanding automotive plants.

A buddy of mine told me his plastics DC has fallen on the same hiring crisis: lack of certified candidates for the more technical jobs.

April 20 2012 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Truck companies will train you to drive a truck and help you get your license. You have to drive "over the road" (OTR) which is long haul, cross-country driving for weeks at a time. You have to team up with another driver and take turns driving while the other sleeps. You only get paid by the mile, not while loading and unloading, chaining up, refueling, or waiting for repairs. The truck companies push you to exhaustion, chew you up and spit you out, then move on to the next recruit. It's a revolving door that few manage to turn into a career.

April 17 2012 at 1:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They certainly are not begging and will not train anyone or accept people without direct experience or entry people. That is the way hiring goes today at many places.

April 17 2012 at 10:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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"Will not train anyone," todd?
They want employees that can do a job. (without training). That is what you go to school for. They shouldn't have to train you. You want the job, you pay for the training. Thaty's what colleges and trade schools are for.

April 17 2012 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Companies can train their employees through training programs, leadership programs, and internships. Yes school is a stepping stone, but employers still want more. You just have to go to school and also get the experience to do the job.

June 29 2013 at 10:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
Get real.

Considering the cost of living in the USA these days, these jobs all pay crap. This is the reason they can't find employees. Most of these jobs require someone to have spent $100K+ at school to earn roughly $50K a year. "Land of opportunity" - yeah, for corporations robbing Americans there's lots of opportunity.

April 17 2012 at 9:27 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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