CareerBuilder Releases List of Hardest-to-Fill Positions

By SHRM Online staff Jul 18, 2013

More than a third (35 percent) of recently surveyed hiring managers have positions that have been open for 12 weeks or longer, according to CareerBuilder.

Harris Interactive conducted the online U.S. survey between May 14 and June 5, 2013, for CareerBuilder; it included responses from 2,046 private-sector hiring managers and human resource professionals.

“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,” said Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America, in a press statement about the results.

In the survey, CareerBuilder asked employers to identify the positions within their organizations that remain vacant 12 weeks or longer. The company then paired the list of positions with job-growth data provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), a CareerBuilder company, to highlight the number of positions that were added postrecession. EMSI data are 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.

Among the jobs that were cited as most difficult to fill, in order of jobs added from 2010 to 2013, are:

Sales representative (584,792 new jobs added, representing 3.8 percent job growth).

Machine operator/assembler/production worker (135,363 new jobs, or 9.9 percent growth).

Nurse (135,325 new jobs, representing 5 percent growth).

Truck driver (113,517 new jobs, or 6.7 percent growth).

Software developer (103,708 new jobs for 11.2 percent growth).

Engineer (73,995 new jobs, or 4.9 percent growth).

Marketing professional (57,045 new jobs, representing 11.3 percent growth).

Accountant (55,670 new jobs, or 4.5 percent growth).

Mechanic (53,002 new jobs, representing 4.1 percent growth).

IT manager/network administrator (48,709 new jobs, or 7.5 percent growth).

“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,” said Rasmussen. “The skills gap that exists for high-growth, specialized occupations will become even more pronounced in the years to come, prompting the need to place a greater emphasis on reskilling workers through formal education and on-the-job training.”

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