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4 Impending Job Shortages to Take Advantage of

While the job market continues to rebound, there are still some fields that are slow to recover. However, there are actually areas where employers are struggling to find qualified workers. It’s not just one industry either, there are areas in several different industries that are experiencing a lack of qualified workers. The following fields have a need for well educated, skilled workers:

Civil Engineer


Civil engineers play a direct role in constructing our towns and cities. They are responsible for designing large construction projects such as airports, roads, bridges, tunnels, and water supply systems. Since they are responsible for such large projects, they usually earn about $79,340 a year. While civil engineers mostly spend their day in an office, they can also spend time on construction sites to make sure the project is running smoothly. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) believes that over the next 10 years, employment for civil engineers will grow about 20 percent.



Electricians will always be needed to install and keep up electrical power in homes and businesses. That’s why the job outlook in this field is expected to increase 20 percent over the next 10 years. Most electricians learn the job through an apprenticeship where they master knowledge such as electrical code requirements, wiring, and blueprint reading. Most states require electricians to hold a license. Since all homes and businesses involve electrical wiring, electricians can work indoors or outdoors in both commercial and residential settings. The average annual salary for an electrician is $49,840.



With a 13 percent increase in the job outlook over the next 10 years, anyone who is good with numbers should look into accounting. Accountants prepare financial records and make sure that businesses and people pay their taxes correctly and on time. They can work either full-time or part-time. Accountants will usually need a bachelor’s degree, although some positions may call for a master’s degree. They can expect to earn around $63,550 a year.

Nurse Practitioner


For those interested in becoming a nurse practitioner, the field is wide open. The BLS reports that in the next 10 years, there will be a 31 percent increase in this occupation. They consider this increase faster than normal. Nurse practitioners work directly with patients to perform physical exams, prescribe medicine, and set up plans for patient care. They can work alone or with other nurses and physicians. They must earn at least a master’s degree, and must also be licensed in their state. The median annual salary for a nurse practitioner is $96,460.

With millions of people still looking for work, it seems unusual to hear about job shortages. However, these fields show that skilled workers are still in high demand. For those struggling to find work, or those who will be graduating from school and are unsure of what to do next, focusing on one of these fields that has a high demand for workers means a faster transition into the workforce.

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One Response to “4 Impending Job Shortages to Take Advantage of”

  1. Andrew says:

    Wow! Civil engineers do well for themselves! I knew that the medical field would be a wide open market but accounting? I always thought of that as a closed field where the jobs were usually quite scarce.