Nationwide Survey Ranks Hardest To Fill Jobs In Today’s Employment Marketplace

According to research conducted by Harris Interactive for CareerBuilder, 35% of surveyed hiring managers currently have positions that have remained open for 12 weeks or longer.  The report indicates the challenge to find new employees is most difficult for filling technology-related positions, sales, and healthcare.  41% reported that they continuously recruit throughout the year in an attempt to build up a pipeline of candidates for future employment.

The nationwide survey of 2,046 hiring managers and human resource professional (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government) was conducted online from May 14 to June 5, 2013.  Employers were asked to identify the hardest-to-fill positions within their organizations that stay open 12 weeks or longer. CareerBuilder paired the list of occupations with job growth data provided by Economic Modeling Specialists (EMSI) to document the number of positions that were added post-recession.  Percentages for some questions are based on a subset and based on their responses to certain questions. Therefore, according to Harris Interactive and CareerBuilder with a pure probability sample of 2,046, there is a 95% probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 2.17 percentage points. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.

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 from 2010 to 2013

— 3.8 percent job growth from 2010 to 2013

***Machine Operator/Assembler/Production Worker

— 135,363 new jobs

— 9.9 percent growth

*** Nurse

— 135,325 new jobs

— 5 percent growth

*** Truck Driver

— 113,517 new jobs

— 6.7 percent growth

*** Software Developer

— 103,708 new jobs

— 11.2 percent growth

*** Engineer

— 73,995 new jobs

— 4.9 percent growth

*** Marketing Professional

— 57,045 new jobs

— 11.3 percent growth

*** Accountant

— 55,670 new jobs

— 4.5 percent growth

*** Mechanic

— 53,002 new jobs

— 4.1 percent growth

***IT Manager/Network Administrator

— 48,709 new jobs

— 7.5 percent growth

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 publicly available data and includes proprietors, creating a complete picture of the workforce.

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