4 Industries Starving for New Employees

4 Industries Starving for New Employees
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    The US economy continues to swing upward, and there are plenty of industries with significant labor shortages that need to hire right away.

    Some of this demand is because of growth in certain sectors, and some is due to a lack of skilled workers.


In this current state of affairs, applicants have a great shot at careers in these five industries that are starving for new employees.


The rebound of the economy has led to serious growth in the construction sector, but employers just can’t find enough skilled employees for their positions. For example, new home construction companies in the US have seen a sharp increase in labor shortages from 53% in 2013 to a record 82% in 2017, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

Depending on the position, people interested in a construction career don’t necessarily need prior training, but they can benefit from college or trade school courses to help land those specialized, high-skill positions.

Construction managers with an associate degree earn $91,370 on average, according to Chon. For the less specialized jobs, many employers provide on-the-job training.


The manufacturing field is in desperate need of workers, especially highly skilled ones with STEM skills. There is also a skills gap in the industry that will lead to an estimated 2 million manufacturing job openings in the next decade, according to a Deloitte study.

Job-seekers can land assembling, fabricating, laboring, processing, and warehouse positions with only a high-school diploma. Attending a technical college can help you become a welder, machinist, mechanic, plant operator, or equipment technician. These positions also may offer on-the-job training.

If you want to become a production manager, engineer, or quality control inspector, it’s best to get a bachelor’s degree.

Transportation Services

The trucking industry in particular has a major need for new drivers. According to the Washington Post, the US needs 51,000 more drivers to accommodate their needs.

If you don’t want to get a degree or trade school education, truck driving could be a great fit for your needs. Many companies such as C.R. England offer tuition-free CDL training programs if you stay with the company for twelve months after receiving your CDL, which can be earned in less than a month.

Top truck drivers in the industry can potentially earn over $100,000 a year, with a median salary of $76,117, according to Indeed.


The healthcare field is projected to be one of the fastest-growing in the nation, in part because of the aging and retirement of Baby Boomers. The US needs more nurses, technologists, coders, physicians, technicians, home health aides, and so many others.

CNN reported that the US needs to hire a whopping 2.3 million new healthcare employees by 2025. Healthcare is also one of those fields that you don’t necessarily need a time-consuming degree to start off in. You may be surprised by the number of certifications in healthcare that take less than a year to complete, yet still fetch a respectable salary.

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The US job field has some major employment holes right now and projected for the future. Though it does help to have higher education for some of these fields, many only require short certifications or provide on-the-job training. The opportunities are there for the taking if you are clear on your direction and persistent in your effort.

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