Industries That Are Struggling To Fill Positions

5 Industries That Are Struggling To Fill Positions


As the economy makes a slow and painful recovery, many workers are finding that a shift toward a field with a high demand for new labor is the key to establishing a lasting and secure career. Here are just a few fields that are struggling to fill positions:

1. Medicine

Like law, medicine is perceived to be one of the most prestigious fields to enter for hardworking and talented workers. Unlike the legal field, however, medicine has an active shortage in many of its specialties, particularly in areas where doctors are needed most such as family care practice or rural community care.

2. Software Engineering

An degree in software engineering (and sometimes less; industry titans Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg never completed their college degrees) is quickly becoming the golden ticket that a law degree may once have been before the legal market became sated. Software engineering jobs are not just plentiful, they are also well-paid and an elite education is not necessary to attain them. A computer science degree from a good school can earn graduates jobs with even the best companies, where some industries only give out good jobs to the very best and brightest graduating from only the most prestigious of schools.

3. Oil

Oil field jobs pay well because they often take place out of cities and sometimes in difficult conditions; however, the benefits of an oil industry job are often quite immense. Workers can expect salaries usually accorded doctors and other high-brow positions. Oil industry laborers can get ample freedom to take time off and relax, also. For many workers in the new economy, an oil industry post is a lifeline that pays high dividends for hard work and a tough disposition.

4. Nursing

Nurses have one of the most difficult but rewarding jobs in the world. They are there for patients when patients are at their most needy, and nurses often work long hours. However, for many people, nursing is not so much a career as it is a calling. Because of its demanding nature and turnover, the nursing field is very much in need of more talented and dedicated workers.

5. Graphic Design

As a career, graphic design not only pays well, it rewards talent in ways that other industries do not. If you have a good eye for patterns and beauty or enjoy analyzing how paintings or drawings are constructed, graphic design may be a field that you find immensely rewarding. Art and ad agencies exist the world over and can offer dynamic and interesting careers to the right candidates. It is, however, a very subjective field where it can take some time to find a place where your work fits the bill. That said, there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of positions in this field.

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Rianne Hunter

Rianne Hunter is a wife, mother of three, and an independent blogger who writes for a broad range of topics and types of publishers.


  1. This article is very interesting. I spent 24+ years in technology and have now turned to the health care field. As mentioned in the article people who turn towards the health care field have a calling. I have reached that “calling” point in my career. So it is never too late to change!

  2. 1. Medicine: This is an EXTREMELY broad field. Literally hundreds of specialties. If anyone wants to go into “medicine” please research exactly what you are interested in as you may pick one that is flooded or no growth potential. And beware of the technician positions, limited growth, but if you want a position that pays steady, you will always have work, but may not have upward mobility without lots more schooling…go for it.

    2. Software: Again, lots and lots of fields. Go learn a language like Cobalt (1950s but still being used) and everyone wants the newest JAVA you just screwed yourself. And IT is all about the certifications, not necessarily the degrees. Network+, Security+ at a bare minimum. Each test costs a couple of hundred bucks, so know the material before you take it.

    3. Oil: Know nothing about it.

    4. Nursing: An old favorite. Every question why this career field is ALWAYS on these lists? High turn over. Life cycle of a nurse: 4 years school for a basic RN degree (don’t waste your time with anything lower), within 6 years of graduating and working, the nurses are so burned out from the politics, back biting, and the endless stream of stupidity they endure they either get out of nursing, become a pharmaceutical sales pitcher, specialize (best option: nurse practitioner or cardiac nurse), or become to root of all evil, the one field even Satan himself shies away from: Nurse Manager (good money, but soulless and devours the spirits of the young nurses to sustain themselves). And the ones that do this “because I like helping people” they are the first to be devoured as their innocence and naivete is the sweetness tasting.
    Yes, I used to work in this field. It needs a major overhaul, but the power mongers at the top like their power and won’t relinquish it easily.
    So ask yourself, and investigate why this field is CONSTANTLY in dire need of fresh souls, er, nurses.

    5. No clue here. Let others with experience answer it.

  3. I find that these are almost the exact same jobs that were listed 20 years ago when I was in high school. Plenty of my fellow graduates went for these positions, and “suddenly” there were too many in each field, especially nursing. Like Rianne, I heard plenty of people bemoan the fact that they couldn’t find positions as graphic artists, but I had no idea how to advise them. Where do they go, besides the freelance/volunteer route?

  4. Rianne, I know a few graphic designers (#5) looking for work. I am a career coach, and I want to help them. When you say, “there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of positions in this field,” where should I help them look?

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