An interesting survey in the Forbes.com, “The 10 Hardest Jobs to Fill in America.” Engineers rank No. 1, which is no surprise, followed by nurses.
And it’s darn hard to filled jobs in the skilled trades, as the NAM and our Manufacturing Institute are always stressing.
This includes a variety of workers with specialized skills acquired at vocational schools or in on-the-job-training during apprenticeships. The professions include electrician, bricklayer, carpenter, cabinetmaker, mason, plumber and welder. There’s a shortage of these workers because so many young people are encouraged to attend four-year colleges, not vocational schools. Also, these jobs are physically demanding. “It’s one of the baffling shortages of skills, since they’re well-paid, flexible positions,” Prising says. “You can have gainful employment for a long time. This isn’t work that will be outsourced or disappear. It’s locally based work with geographically transferable skills.”
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