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The 10 toughest jobs to fill in 2018
A new report from online jobs site CareerCast finds that hiring managers have trouble finding applicants with the necessary skills to fill jobs in some of today’s most in-demand professions. That’s despite the fact that many of these careers — including truck drivers, financial advisers and app developers — have the highest growth outlook and will have a number of openings in 2018 and beyond.
To determine the most in-demand professions, CareerCast evaluated Bureau of Labor Statistics data on growth outlook, as well as industry and profession hiring trends over the last decade. Also part of the equation were trade statistics; university graduate employment data; and the CareerCast.com database of listings. The following positions top this year’s list of toughest jobs to fill.
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Application software developer
Annual median salary: $100,080 Growth outlook: 31% Employment change through 2026: +255,400
Annual median salary: $33,430 Growth outlook: 12% Employment change through 2026: +150,400
Annual median salary: $90,530 Growth outlook: 15% Employment change through 2026: +40,400
Home health aide
Annual median salary: $22,600 Growth outlook: 47% Employment change through 2026: +421,200
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Information security analyst
Annual median salary: $92,600 Growth outlook: 28% Employment change through 2026: +28,500
Medical service manager
Annual median salary: $96,540 Growth outlook: 20% Employment change through 2026: +72,100
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Annual median salary: $107,460 Growth outlook: 31% Employment change through 2026: +64,200
Personal care aide
Annual median salary: $21,920 Growth outlook: 39% Employment change through 2026: +777,600
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Annual median salary: $85,400 Growth outlook: 28% Employment change through 2026: +67,100
An image from the transportation industry of a truck driver giving the thumbs up from inside his cab.
Annual median salary: $41,340 Growth outlook: 6% Employment change through 2026: +108,400
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