Talent Shortages May Lead to Employment Opportunities

A recent survey by Manpower Inc. found that labor markets around the world are experiencing talent shortages. Of the nearly 33,000 employers surveyed in 23 countries, 40 percent worldwide reported difficulty filling positions due to the lack of suitable talent in their areas.

In the United States, 44 percent of the 1,275 survey respondents reported difficulty filling positions, while 56 percent reported no difficulty. The top 10 occupations U.S. employers in the survey reported as difficult-to-fill are:

Source: Manpower Inc. Talent Shortage Survey

Occupations that are currently difficult-to-fill can create opportunities for those looking for new or different careers. The table below shows employment projections for selected occupations in Missouri related to those listed as difficult-to-fill in the U.S. according to the Manpower survey. For example, employment for Sales Representatives in the Wholesale and Manufacturing sectors is projected to grow by 4,734, or 13.8 percent by 2012. Registered Nurses are projected to increase employment in the state by more than 11,000, or 22.7 percent, by 2012. Knowing which occupations are in demand and have the best outlook can help jobseekers make sound career decisions.

Source: MERIC Long-Term Projections Program

For a complete list of occupational projections in Missouri, visit the MERIC website.


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