10 Jobs That Still Can’t Find Enough Qualified Employees

Candidates flock to interviews for jobs hiring, and positions with high job vacancies

Candidates flock to interviews for jobs hiring and positions with high job vacancies. | Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Finding a job is never an easy thing to do, especially given the past decade or so of economic instability. Even with the unemployment rate having remained low and near full-employment for the past couple of years, there still isn’t a lot of confidence among many Americans. But there are good signs out there — the number of job vacancies in certain sectors is huge, and there are tons of jobs hiring.

The problem is that people don’t want them, evidently. Employers are, surprisingly enough, having trouble attracting candidates. That means job vacancies are very high for certain industries, while people can’t seem to get their foot in the door in others.

Job vacancies and finding the best jobs hiring

If you’re desperate for work or are looking for an area in which you can kick off a career, a close look at the data can reveal where the opportunities are. A recent report from CareerBuilder, a job search and career site, looked at the most in-demand jobs. By dissecting the number of job postings going up per month, and how many people are actually being hired, CareerBuilder’s report outlines which jobs hiring have the biggest gap between postings and applicants. In other words, nobody seems to want these jobs, or employers aren’t doing enough to attract talent.

From that report, here are 10 jobs that employers just can’t seem to fill.

10. Web developers

computer programmer writing code on computer

Computer programmer writing code on computer | iStock.com

Web development is a hot field and is virtually limitless in its potential. The internet still very much has a “Wild West” feel to it, and there are tons of opportunities out there to make your mark. According to CareerBuilder, there is a gap of approximately 46,000 between web developer job postings and hires.

9. Computer analysts

Man working on a computer

Man working on a computer | iStock.com

If you’re good with computers and are familiar with the inner workings of both hardware and software, there are tons of open positions for analysts. Just about every big company out there needs analysts, and there is an evident shortage of them in the labor pool. Estimates put the posting-to-hire gap at around 47,000 positions.

8. Industrial engineers

Designers, engineers and draughtsmen working on designs

Designers, engineers, and draftsmen working on designs | Terry Disney/Daily Express/Getty Images

Becoming an engineer is tough, and for that reason, there aren’t all that many skilled applicants out there to fill employers’ demand. Engineering jobs pay well and are pretty secure, and there are roughly 47,000 unfilled positions out there, according to estimates.

7. IT administrators

RAM trims in computer

RAM trims in a computer | iStock.com

The world needs managers and administrators, and if you have the certs, employers have the jobs. IT and computer administration roles are a growing field, and these are jobs that pay well and can be relatively secure. The gap for this specific role, per CareerBuilder’s numbers, is around 51,000.

6. Health and medical administrators

Health care: a big business

Health care: a big business | iStock.com

Administrators aren’t just needed in IT and computer roles — the health care field is also in clear need of additional levels of bureaucracy. Healthcare is a complicated field, and the sector requires many specialties and skill sets. If you’re interested, there are 52,000 open positions out there to gun for.

5. Sales managers

Car lot and salesmen

Car lot and salesmen | Patrik Stollarz/Getty Images

Sales is an area that’s always going to need fresh blood. And there will always be a need to manage a sales team. The ability to sell is a real talent, and if you can manage in addition to sell, you’ll always be able to find work. Nearly 53,000 sales managers are needed currently, per CareerBuilder’s numbers.

4. Marketing professionals

Samsung's VP of Marketing during a presentation

Samsung’s VP of marketing during a presentation | Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images

In order to sell, people need to know about your products and services. Marketing and talented marketers go hand in hand with a powerful sales team, and just as there is a need for salespeople, so there is a need for marketers and marketing managers. More than 83,000 openings are out there for marketing professionals.

3. Software developers

The Android mascot

The Android mascot | Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

The tech boom has created a need for many talents, and software developers are among them. If you can code, design, and create exciting and innovative products and services, companies want you on their payroll. Almost 84,000 openings for software developers are on the books.

2. Nurses

Nurse helping elderly patient

Nurse helping elderly patient | iStock.com

Nursing is an ever-expanding field, and even though many people have decided to pursue nursing professionally, there is still a huge need for more workers. There are nearly 300,000 unique job postings for nurses going up every month, and less than 100,000 are actually being hired — meaning that there are a ton of open jobs out there.

1. Truck drivers

A truck driver at work

A truck driver at work | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Though the profession is facing some real uncertainty from technology and automation, there is still a huge shortage of truck drivers out there. More than 1,000,000 listings for drivers are going up per month, and slightly more than 100,000 are being hired. That’s a gap of around 900,000 openings out there, waiting to be filled. If you need a job, and are willing to hit the road, this may be where you want to steer your career — at least for the short term.

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