The answer is “yes” if you are a welder, hotel manager, teacher, sales rep or driver. According to the 2014 Talent Shortage Survey released today by ManpowerGroup, here is the list of the top 10 hardest jobs to fill in the U.S.

  1. Skilled Trade Workers
  2. Restaurant and Hotel Staff
  3. Sales Representatives
  4. Teachers
  5. Drivers
  6. Accounting and Finance Staff
  7. Laborers
  8. IT Staff
  9. Engineers
  10. Nurses

If you’re looking for a job in one of the field above; good news – you’re in demand. And, some of these skills have been in demand for a while, for example skilled trades and sales representatives have been at the top of the list since 2008.

So, what does this list mean to a job seeker?

  • The good news: there are jobs available and employers need you, IF you have the right skills.
  • The bad news: if you don’t have the skills for the jobs on the list, you still may have a hard time finding a job.  However, if something on this list sounds interesting, you could explore some training or educational options in these fields.

If you’d like more information from the survey, including why employers are having a tough time and what they are (or aren’t) doing about it, click here. If you’re looking for a job in one of the fields in demand or are more interested in an administrative or light industrial job, click here.


Jill Kempka

About Jill Kempka

Jill loves to share information about ways to keep up with the changing world of work. She focuses on quick tips, facts and helpful lists to give job seekers tactics and advice they can immediately use.