Employers demand more skilled workers

01.25.2013


Employers demand more skilled workers
Employers demand more skilled workers

The U.S. economy is slowly pulling itself out of the depths of the recession that brought many businesses to their knees and made the job search more difficult than it has been in years. However, two unexpected sectors that took some of the biggest hits in the recession - housing and manufacturing - are surging back.

While this has led to more jobs being created, they aren't the jobs the sectors employed prior to the economic downturn. This is especially true for the manufacturing sector, where skilled workers are in high demand, Forbes reports.

According to the news source, skilled workers are in extremely high demand, with an estimated 10 million jobs available for those who have the appropriate training. One recent global study conducted by McKinsey and Company said this number will grow by a staggering amount, and by 2020, there could be a demand for as many as 95 million skilled workers around the world.

To prepare for the onset of job openings, the U.S. is boosting its efforts to convince students not only to attend traditional four-year universities, but also encouraging looking at receiving trade education. This could be your best bet to land a job in the near future, with staffing companies also noting a huge rise in demand for such workers.

The media outlet states that one recent study found that almost 50 percent of the 1,600 manufacturing firms surveyed said they were having difficulty finding workers with the right skills. To ensure that they will soon have the necessary workforce, many of these companies are partnering with educational institutions to promote better job training programs.

According to Bloomberg, Ira S. Wolfe, of Success Performance Solutions, says these partnerships between schools and employers could help promote better training programs.

"The trades are not just about swinging a hammer any more; they involve applying brainpower and advanced education," she said.

"At a time when highly technical machines like CNC tools are standard - and would have baffled even the most skilled workers a generation ago - working in the trades is no longer about having a strong back," added Ryan Galloway of BMO Harris Bank. "Instead, it requires combining considerable technical acumen with the wherewithal to get one's hands dirty, a sensibility that isn't always so easy to find."

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