Slideshow The 10 toughest jobs to fill in 2018

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  • February 23 2018, 12:31pm EST
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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.

Application software developer

Annual median salary: $100,080
Growth outlook: 31%
Employment change through 2026: +255,400

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Construction laborer

Annual median salary: $33,430
Growth outlook: 12%
Employment change through 2026: +150,400

Financial adviser

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

Nurse practitioner

Annual median salary: $107,460
Growth outlook: 31%
Employment change through 2026: +64,200

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Personal care aide

Annual median salary: $21,920
Growth outlook: 39%
Employment change through 2026: +777,600

Physical therapist

Annual median salary: $85,400
Growth outlook: 28%
Employment change through 2026: +67,100

Truck driver

Annual median salary: $41,340
Growth outlook: 6%
Employment change through 2026: +108,400