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."
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.