Hardest Jobs To Fill Need For Skilled Workers In 2012

I’ve said before that college educations are not necessary to make it in today’s world and this article that I ran across at Foxnews.com indicates that you skilled workers can look forward to some jobs opening up.

In a prior post I said the work for electricians is picking up in Arizona and Texas so I hope it is in your neck of the woods.  Anyway; take a look at the article.

Help Most Wanted: 5 Biggest Worker Shortages

by Paul Bomberger; Published August 03, 2012 from Bankrate.com

The Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2012

“When the economy is tough and millions of people are pounding the pavement searching for jobs, you don’t expect to read about worker shortages. But it’s true: Employers in some industries can’t find the workers they need.

 Each year, the giant employment agency ManpowerGroup asks employers to name which workers are most in demand and the reasons it’s difficult filling those hot jobs. ManpowerGroup’s Talent Shortage Survey for 2012 polled more than 1,300 U.S. employers and found nearly half are having trouble filling vital positions.

 Companies desperate for workers often have a hard time finding qualified candidates. “This skills mismatch has major ramifications on employment and business success in the U.S and around the globe,” says Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup’s president of the Americas.

Requirements for hard-to-fill jobs vary. Some positions call only for professional skills or previous work experience, but others require college degrees or specialized certification.

 Read on for this year’s five top worker shortages. If you’re out of work, hot jobs may be waiting for someone with your skills.

Skilled Trades

Positions in skilled trades, such as welders and electricians, lead ManpowerGroup’s list of the hardest jobs to fill in 2012.

One reason is that American companies and schools haven’t prepared the workforce for these types of jobs, says Edward Gordon, president of Imperial Consulting Corp., which helps companies with employment planning.

Gordon points out that today’s hottest industrial trades require science, math and technical skills, plus many manufacturers need machine operators with very specific experience.

Billy Shaw manages operations at AHI Stoneworks, a custom countertops company in Hot Springs, Ark. He struggles to find equipment operators and says many schools haven’t kept up with the industry’s needs.

“We told a technical school our problem,” Shaw says, “But the professors didn’t understand.” His company offered its facility to help teach students how to use the latest equipment, but he says the school was never convinced of the need for the training.

The skilled trades worker shortage goes beyond manufacturing. Energy companies tell ManpowerGroup they need more workers in U.S. natural gas and oil fields.

You might need a college degree to qualify for some skilled trades, but hot jobs in industries such as construction may require only specialized training.”

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