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Survey Reveals Hardest to Fill Jobs for 2017

A new survey from job search portal CareerCast has identified the top 10 toughest to fill jobs for 2017. The bad news? The shortages cut across multiple industries and are expected to last long past the end of this year.

Specifically, the report, which was based on an analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor statistics, identified the following jobs as being the most in demand for this year.

  • Data scientist.
  • Financial advisor.
  • General and operations manager.
  • Home health aide.
  • Information security analyst.
  • Medical services manager.
  • Physical therapist.
  • Registered nurse.
  • Software engineer.
  • Truck driver.

Of particular note, Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor, notes that the role of data scientist has gone “from being a highly specialized tech role a few years ago to a very common job title.” He adds that most industries are likely to feel this shortage as “Data scientists are in demand in health care, government, finance and even among large retailers today. Every company with data is hiring for these roles, to help improve business decisions, forecasting, pricing, logistics and operations.”

The role of data scientist is still considered relatively new, and ranks are still considered low, due in part to the fact that only a handful of universities currently offer degree programs in the field. Instead, workers are entering the field from other disciplines or moving over from other careers. Despite the low ranks, Glassdoor has rated Data Scientist as the “best job in America” for 2017 based on an analysis of median annual base salary, job satisfaction rating on the site and number of job openings.

As has long been the case, IT jobs continue to be in high demand, with IT securities analyst jobs particularly growing in demand as companies become increasingly aware of the need to protect their data and IT systems from attempted phishing attacks and security breaches, Chamberlain notes.

Another career in high demand is that of truck drivers, with the industry expected to add 100,000 workers in the next seven years. This need is driven, in part, by the fact that many drivers left the industry during the recent recession and failed to rejoin once the economy improved. Further, an aging workforce is not being replaced by younger workers as trucking is “not a top-of-mind profession” with today’s high school graduates, according to Rodney Smoczyk, director of recruitment at McLane Co., one of the nation’s largest private trucking companies.

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