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Why a Lack of Job Opportunities May Not Be the Problem
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Since the beginning of the recession has had people across the nation wondering the same thing: what jobs are left and where can they find them?

For those who have been on the job hunt for a while and still on it, it may seem like all the jobs have disappeared without any sign return.

The problem may not be as simple as that, however. According to a recent survey done by staffing firm ManpowerGroup, 49% of employers in all industries are having trouble finding qualified candidates to fill open positions.

The unemployment rates remains at a little more than 8% with thousands of job seekers still looking for income. More than 1,300 employers in the U.S. were surveyed to see which positions they were having the hardest time filling.

The survey revealed that these positions required essential skills and training to carry them out, skills that are becoming scarce to come by in the job market.

Trades such as electricians and plumbers and other craftsmen-type work are those where individuals develop skills through experience from apprenceticeships and on-the-job training.

Also on this list are jobs in the accounting, nursing and IT fields. Current changes in the job market has shown is that the available talent hasn't adapted to meet employer demands.

During the recession, many employers made cuts in their workforce in areas that other ones had to make up for. Cutting costs meant having to make due with what you could afford to keep on.

So while those who stayed on expanded and developed new skills, the ones who were let go were left with positions that really had disappeared--usually for good.

Trade vocations, on the other hand, have had other factors contributing to why their open positions remain unfilled.

One factor is the older demographic of current skilled job holders who are reaching the end of their careers. As they enter retirement, the wave of newcomers to take their places big isn't enough to keep up.

Popular emphasis for younger generations has been geared toward obtaining a college degree rather than certified training for a skill. This funneling of education has had much to do in creating a void in the trade workforce.

Solving this begins with a shift in how vocational training and careers are viewed. Bringing in new blood to rejuvenate the skilled trade workforce will help portray it in a better light.

Whichever educational route young people choose to follow, it's important to remember that the best chances of finding a job stems from have the skills to match demand.