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The Hardest Jobs to Fill in the US

Niche skills are always an asset, and that's truer than ever in 2009. It might be an employer's market these days, but some hiring managers are having a lot of trouble filling specific positions. Manpower, a staffing firm, composed its annual survey of the hardest jobs to fill in the US, and surprise, surprise, those requiring a background in math and science are among the tough ones. Find out if you have one of the hardest jobs to fill when you


  1. Engineer
  2. Nurse
  3. Skilled Trades (electrician, bricklayer, carpenter, cabinetmaker, mason, plumber, welder)
  4. Teacher
  5. Sales Representative
  6. Technician (workers in engineering, technical, operations, maintenance roles)
  7. Truck Driver
  8. Information Technology Staff
  9. Laborer
  10. Machinist or Machine Operator


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onehappygirl onehappygirl 8 years
Isn't ironic that teacher is on the list of difficult to fill jobs. Do you think that there is a connection to the amount of work expected from a teacher and the amount of money that they are paid.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
My husband's an engineer and their firm is actually hiring technicians right now. I can see how the positions would be hard to husband usually ends up working long hours and dealing with really crazy problems that people have. Plus, he has to go on-site to Arizona for month-long trips every so often and that really sucks too...most of his coworkers refuse to go, so he gets stuck going most of the time. And I can understand why people don't want to go into nursing. I thought about going back for my BS to RN degree, but once I found out that nurses usually have to work 12-24 hour shifts and have to deal with irritated, cranky sick people and their families all day long. I think I'd get really tired of that really quickly. Apparently, I'm not the only one who feels that way!
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
refinedharmony, those aren't offers. staffing reps usually call with either crappy contract positions or just useless jobs in general.
MindayH MindayH 8 years
If you don't want people to call. Take your resume off of the multiple job boards it's posted on, or ask people where they got your number, and tell that person to stop giving out your number. MOST people appreciate getting calls giving them a job opportunity.
refinedharmony refinedharmony 8 years
I'm an engineer and I get called by staffing reps ALL THE TIME. It is quite annoying. I know everyone is having such a hard time getting a job but I can't stop getting unwanted offers. It's annoying!
brilliance13 brilliance13 8 years
Engineer... GM
tiff58 tiff58 8 years
I'm surprised that it's hard to fill sales rep jobs.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
IT Staff? That is true, they're all incompetent.
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