Podiatrist was the hardest occupation to fill in the U.S. this year, according to the American Staffing Association’s first quarter skills gap index, a quarterly index that tracks hard-to-fill occupations. Healthcare continues to dominate the list with six out of the 10 most difficult to fill occupations in that sector.
The index identified a total of 61 occupations, the top 10 being:
- Photographic process workers and processing machine operators
- Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
- Oral and maxillofacial surgeons
- Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists
- General internists
- Genetic counselors
- Merchandise displayers and window trimmers
- Occupational therapists
During the past quarter, genetic counselors moved into the top 10, while physical therapist dropped off though still rank among the most difficult.
The ASA Skills Gap Index uses a hiring indicator to measure the level of difficulty (on a scale of one to 100, with lower scores indicating harder to fill) to fill a specific occupation based on demand, supply of active candidates, and all individuals working in that occupation. The ASA Skills Gap Index concentrates on hiring indicator scores of 50 or less with a demand of 2,000 jobs or more to determine the top hard to fill occupations.