index tracks hard to fill jobsThe American Staffing Association has announced the premiere of the ASA Skills Gap Index, a new trends tracker that follows the number of hardest-to-fill occupations in the U.S. The index has identified 207 occupations that are hardest to fill through the country. The list of Top 10 hardest to fill jobs include:

  1. Occupational therapists
  2. Physical therapists
  3. Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer
  4. Occupational therapist assistants
  5. Speech-language pathologists
  6. Physician assistants
  7. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers
  8. Physical therapist assistants
  9. Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary
  10. Computer software engineers, applications

“The ASA Skills Gap Index quantifies the severity of the skills shortage in America,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “This new U.S. skills gap data will be used by economists, journalists, government officials, and, most important, staffing firms as they work with clients to develop workforce solutions and devise effective talent acquisition strategies.”

The skills gap index was developed by ASA, utilizing Career Builder’s hiring indicator, which measures the level of difficulty (on a scale of one to 100) to recruit for a specific occupation based on demand, supply of active candidates, and total population working in it. The ASA Skills Gap Index concentrates on hiring indicator scores of 50 or less for hard-to-fill occupations, with a demand of 2,000 jobs or more. ASA will update the index on a quarterly basis.

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