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Sales jobs cited as most difficult to fill

More than a third of hiring managers currently have positions that have remained open for 12 weeks or longer, according to new research by CareerBuilder.

“Although the recession created an abundant pool of readily-available, unemployed talent that still exists today, employers are struggling to find new employees for technology-related occupations, sales, health care and a variety of other areas,” said Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America.

“Two in five employers (41 percent) reported that they continuously recruit throughout the year, so that they have candidates in their pipeline in case a position opens up down the road," he said. "The skills gap that exists for high-growth, specialized occupations will become even more pronounced in the years to come, prompting the need to place a greater emphasis on reskilling workers through formal education and on-the-job training.”

A nationwide survey, which was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder from May 14 to June 5, included more than 2,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals.

Among the jobs that were cited as most difficult to fill, in order of jobs added from 2010 to 2013, were:

• Sales representative – 584,792 new jobs added from 2010 to 2013; 3.8 percent job growth from 2010 to 2013

• Machine operator/assembler/production worker – 135,363 new jobs; 9.9 percent growth

• Nurse – 135,325 new jobs; 5 percent growth

• Truck driver – 113,517 new jobs; 6.7 percent growth

• Software developer – 103,708 new jobs; 11.2 percent growth

• Engineer – 73,995 new jobs; 4.9 percent growth

• Marketing professional – 57,045 new jobs; 11.3 percent growth

• Accountant – 55,670 new jobs; 4.5 percent growth

• Mechanic – 53,002 new jobs; 4.1 percent growth

• IT manager/network administrator – 48,709 new jobs; 7.5 percent growth.

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