Where Are the Workers? 7 Jobs that Need More Talent Now

It's the question on everyone's mind — where are the jobs? CareerBuilder's recently released list, pulled from CareerBuilder's Supply and Demand Portal data from the past six months, gives us some insight into just that.

The latest Supply and Demand Portal data reveals industries and positions where, for a multitude of reasons, there is a growing gap in the number of workers needed to fill job openings. We've already seen evidence that 47 percent of employers plan to hire full-time workers in the last six months of this year — and some U.S. regions are more promising more than others.

By understanding the labor demand in particular markets and the ways in which talent pools grow or shrink depending on that demand, you can more effectively guide your recruitment strategy in terms of employment brand, compensation and overall advertising strategy.

CareerBuilder's Supply and Demand Portal helps you be smarter by giving you real-time access to 1) the availability of active talent for any position (supply), and 2) where you will find the most and least competition for that talent (demand).

As CareerBuilder CEO Matt Ferguson says:

"The Supply & Demand portal enables employers to gain valuable market insights to develop more productive and cost-effective recruitment strategies. More than one-third of human resource managers we surveyed said they currently have positions for which they can't find qualified candidates, a trend that continues to grow as the economy recovers and job prospects improve. While the U.S. still has a very competitive job market, there are areas within technology, health care and other fields that have a growing deficit in talent."

So, without further adieu, the hottest industries with growing demand for workers:

  1. Cloud Developer

    • Supply v. Demand: 0.32 active job seekers for every job opening (in other words, there are three open positions for every one available job seeker).
    • Average Salary: $100,000
    • What Gives? Career opportunities in this space have multiplied with the exponential growth of data and the corresponding need to store and manage it. Demand will continue to grow as companies look to increase capacity and function without having to build new infrastructure.
  2. Business Intelligence Analyst

    • Supply v. Demand: 1.01 active job seekers for every job opening
    • Average Salary: $98,000
    • What Gives? This hybrid position that combines technical know-how with business and market insights is becoming increasingly critical as companies place a greater emphasis on business analytics. Companies are using the value they have in their existing data streams and warehouses to make smarter business decisions and create better tools for customers.
  3. Registered Nurse

    • Supply v. Demand: 0.38 active job seekers for every job opening
    • Average Salary: $65,000
    • What Gives? A staple on lists of worker shortages, nursing is one of the most challenging areas for recruitment. In addition to a growing demand for healthcare services, enrollment in nursing schools is trending down due to a lack of nursing faculty.
  4. Quality Engineer

    • Supply v. Demand: 1.05 active job seekers for every job opening.
    • Average Salary: $68,000
    • What Gives? The manufacturing sector is making a comeback as the economy recovers and exports grow stronger to meet the needs of emerging markets.
  5. Truck Driver

    • Supply v. Demand: 1.37 active job seekers for every job opening
    • Average Salary: $41,000
    • What Gives? While life on the road has distinct advantages, extended time away from home, long hours on your own and dealing with traffic are among challenges that can make these positions hard to fill.
  6. SEO Strategist

    • Supply v. Demand: 1.75 active job seekers for every job opening
    • Average Salary: $70,000
    • What Gives? With high Internet penetration in markets across the globe, there is greater need for individuals who can bring more traffic to company websites by elevating their ranking in unpaid and paid search engine results pages. Companies with a large Internet presence are bringing these skills in-house to build effective and relevant sites.
  7. Health Care Administrator

    • Supply v. Demand: 2.25 active job seekers for every job opening
    • Average Salary: $88,000
    • What Gives? An aging population and more than 30 million newly insured Americans post-health care reform are fueling the need for more medical services and professionals who can keep operations flowing smoothly

More about the data:

CareerBuilder's Supply & Demand portal pulls data from national employment resources like CareerBuilder.com, Wanted Analytics and EMSI (Economic Modeling Specialists Inc.), accessing more than 45 million jobs, 40 million resumes and 140 million worker profiles.

Based on the number of available jobs and available candidates, the portal identifies occupations and corresponding markets with the greatest supply and under-supply of candidates.

You can see the full report.

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