Most Difficult-to-Fill Occupations in Each Sector

American Staffing Association Skills Gap Index has identified the hardest-to-fill occupations in the U.S. for the second quarter of 2017. The two hardest-to-fill jobs in each staffing industry sector are

Engineering, information technology, and scientific

  • Computer and information research scientists
  • Computer systems engineers/architects

Health care

  • Audiologists
  • Podiatrists


  • Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
  • Electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers

Office–clerical and administrative

  • Repair shop or parts store salespeople
  • First-line supervisors of retail sales workers


  • Sales engineers
  • Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products

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