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Podiatrist is hardest-to-fill job, according to ASA index

February 11, 2016

Podiatrist was the hardest occupation to fill in the US, according to the American Staffing Association’s fourth-quarter skills gap index, a quarterly index that tracks hard-to-fill occupations in the US.

The index identified 73 occupations as hard to fill for the fourth quarter of 2015, with the top 10 being:

  1. Podiatrists
  2. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
  3. Photographic process workers and processing machine operators
  4. Psychiatrists
  5. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons
  6. Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists
  7. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers
  8. Occupational therapists
  9. General internists
  10. Physical therapists

During the past quarter, oral and maxillofacial surgeons and merchandise displayers and window trimmers moved into the top 10 list of hardest-to-fill positions, while speech-language pathologists and occupational therapy assistants dropped off, though both still rank among the most difficult to fill. Healthcare occupations continue to dominate the top 10 list.

“Demand for qualified workers continues to grow as the pool of talent shrinks,” said ASA President and CEO Richard Wahlquist. “Using the ASA Skills Gap Index and related resources, staffing, recruiting and workforce solutions companies are helping businesses recruit and retain talent by setting competitive wages based on current skills shortages and regional differences.”

The ASA Skills Gap Index draws on nine-plus data sources and utilizes CareerBuilder’s Supply & Demand Portal Hiring Indicator scores.

CareerBuilder recently implemented stricter guidelines for its demand data deduplication methodology, resulting in significantly fewer reported job postings on average. This changed the base for the ASA skills gap index, reducing the number of hard-to-fill occupations overall.


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TA nughn 07/16/2017 02:19 am

2-3 years looking for a good fit job? If you don't mind me asking, would you recommend podiatry as a profession?

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Dennis Timko02/13/2016 09:00 pm

I would like to know your source on this topic? I'm shocked to see my profession of podiatry being the toughest job to fill. Are you using the government type jobs as your source, then this makes sense as those jobs are in high demand recently but have low end salaries. I have been searching for jobs for the last 2-3 years and haven't found a good fit. Another reason why physician jobs are tough to fill is due to strict license laws. Each state has its own separate laws, application fees and exams. Most doctor cannot afford the time nor money to obtain a license of each state, then apply to each state for a particular job.

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