The 10 hardest jobs to fill in America
Engineering ranks as the No. 1 hardest job to fill.
According to a story by Tara
Weiss at Forbes.com , you're working in one of the toughest jobs to fill.
For the second year in a
row, engineer is the hardest job to fill in America.
Why are engineers so hard to
find? "We have whole generations of people loving liberal arts, not going
into science and math," says Larry Jacobson, executive director of the
National Society of Professional Engineers.
Other professions on the
staffing firm Manpower's list of the 10 hardest jobs to fill in the U.S.:
information technology staffer, nurse, machinist, and teacher. The survey of
2,019 employers was done in the first quarter of 2009.
It might be hard to believe
that any employer is struggling to fill positions, since the unemployment rate
reached 8.9% in April, up from 5% a year before. But the Manpower survey found
that employers are having a very hard time filling jobs for skilled workers in
specific niches. "The overall unemployment rate is a killer," said
Jonas Prising, Manpower's president for the Americas. "To see something
better, you have to look at specific jobs."
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2012 Salary Survey
In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.
Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.