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PT, OT Top 'Hardest to Fill' List

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- The American Staffing Association released Oct. 15 the ASA Skills Gap Index, which tracks the number of hardest-to-fill occupations in the U.S., during Staffing World®, the association's annual convention and expo. The index identified 207 occupations as hard to fill.

The top 10 hardest-to-fill occupations are: 

    Occupational therapists 

    Physical therapists 

    Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 

    Occupational therapist assistants 

    Speech-language pathologists 

    Physician assistants 

    Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 

    Physical therapist assistants 

    Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary 

    Computer software engineers, applications

"The ASA Skills Gap Index quantifies the severity of the skills shortage in America," said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. "This new U.S. skills gap data will be used by economists, journalists, government officials, and, most important, staffing firms as they work with clients to develop workforce solutions and devise effective talent acquisition strategies."

The skills gap index was developed by ASA, utilizing Career Builder's hiring indicator, which measures the level of difficulty (on a scale of one to 100) to recruit for a specific occupation based on demand, supply of active candidates, and total population working in it. The ASA Skills Gap Index concentrates on hiring indicator scores of 50 or less for hard-to-fill occupations, with a demand of 2,000 jobs or more. ASA will update the index quarterly.


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