According to Manpower, the reasons most often cited for this shortage in workers are:
If you're available and interested, here is their top 10 list, along with annual regional salaries 1, some projections 2 and a link to local jobs in that field.
1. Skilled Trades
From laborer to technician to master journeyman, "Skilled Trades" encompasses many different types of jobs. The three common ones researched here are: plumber, electrician, and carpenter. Other trades could include: woodworker, artisan, welder, HVAC tech, construction worker and many others. Most skilled trades require a high school diploma or GED and some sort of technical training and/or education.
Engineers design materials, structures and systems while considering the limitations imposed by practicality, safety and cost (source: Wikipedia). These jobs require a bachelor's degree in engineering and often some practical experience.
3. Sales Representatives
Salary: $61,643 (commissions only)
Companies continue to need good, old-fashioned salespeople. Those who take the time to learn their customer's needs and how their company's products can meet those needs, while maintaining good relationships, will earn the most commissions.
4. IT Staff
Salary: Varies widely, from $59,268 (Help Desk Support, Tier 3) to $89,648 (Developer/Programmer Analyst) to $94,531 (Database Administrator) - with many more jobs and salaries in between 3
"IT Staff" covers a wide range of jobs and skillsets. Many IT jobs require at least a bachelor's degree (or more advanced degrees) plus experience; certifications help to prove your knowledge. Technology advancements will continue to push more opportunities and higher skill requirements in this field. Learn about three of the most resilient local tech jobs.
5. Accounting and Finance Staff
Salary: $48,312 (Accountant) 3
If you are a highly organized "numbers" person, this type of job is for you. You'll need at least a bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field and becoming a certified public accountant (CPA) increases job opportunities.
Salary: $33,979 (Light Truck Driver)
If you need to get out of the office and onto the open road, then independent driving could be a job for you. Even though the internet has demanded more goods to be delivered via truck, GPS technology has kept pace; making driver routes much more efficient, and therefore growth for this occupation is about average (13 percent).
Many tech schools or community colleges have formal training/education programs in auto mechanics. Automotive certification is usually required once you are employed.
Salary: $68,192 (Staff Nurse - RN)
In addition to completing a formal education program (either a master's degree, a bachelor's degree, an associate's degree or a nursing diploma from a nursing school), registered nurses must pass a test to obtain a national license. Employment of nurses is expected to grow a whopping 26 percent by 2020.
9. Machinists/Machine Operators
Although growth is slow in this field (a seven percent rise through 2020), it does offer a decent wage for a high school education. As opposed to specializing in one area, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says that workers with a range of skills who can perform multiple tasks in a machine shop will have the best job opportunities.
Browse Manufacturing jobs to find machinist positions
Salary: $54,308 (Elementary School Teacher)
With the exception of some preschool and assistant jobs, many teaching positions require at least a bachelor's degree. In addition, public school teachers must have a state-issued certification or license. There is slow to average growth in this field, depending upon the grade-level of teaching.
Selecting and moving toward one of these 10 fields will certainly increase your chances of landing a solid job with a bright future.
1. This salary data is derived from Salary.com unless otherwise noted (see below). It is the median starting salary for one to three years' experience, averaged across five cities: Portland, Maine; Concord, New Hampshire; Burlington, Vermont; Providence, Rhode Island; and Boston, Massachusetts. The skilled trades' salary figure is an average of three popular trades: plumber, electrician, and carpenter.
2. Outlook projections are from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.
3. This salary data is derived from Robert Half Salary Calculator. It is the median starting salary for one to three years' experience, averaged across four cities: Portland, Maine; Manchester, New Hampshire; Providence, Rhode Island; and Boston, Massachusetts.
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