Top 10 roles employers find hard to fill

December 3, 2019

It’s not easy to picture what job you will be working in, in five years, ten years or even further. Changing needs in our communities and technology will change what jobs look like over time. You don’t need to know exactly what you want to do for a future career yet, but it pays to stay up-to-date with what employers are looking for to make sure you are aware of what knowledge and skills you need to access employment after school – either to support future study or to get you started on the right pathway for your future job. have released their list of the top 10 roles that employers have struggled to fill over the last 10 years.

In order of highest demand, employers have found it hard to recruit for these roles during the last 10 years:

  1. Skilled tradespeople, such as electricians, mechanics and welders
  2. Sales representatives
  3. Engineers
  4. Health care professionals, such as general practitioners, nurses and psychologists
  5. Technicians, such as electronic engineering technicians, quality controllers and science technicians
  6. Professionals, such as project managers and researchers
  7. Drivers
  8. Teachers
  9. Managers
  10. Information technology specialists, such as cybersecurity experts, helpdesk support, network administrators and solution architects

Most of these roles are not new, and here at Aquinas, we can help you prepare well for entry into these fields. Part of being prepared for employment means researching issues like this but also thinking about what you enjoy doing at school – and how you can learn other skills to support that e.g. you love science, you really love make-up and youtube videos on new make-up products and application, and you think you might want to work with people to feel better about themselves – you could enter future careers in anything from product development, to health and beauty retail, to training to be beautician or cosmetic nurse or even a plastic surgeon. Your options are defined by what you enjoy, how you like to work and learn, and what subjects you succeed in at school and tertiary training. For example:

  • Product development – chemistry and biology will be useful for designing products and knowing how they may work; business, enterprise and accounting skills can help to learn more about how to design, cost and sucessfully produce that great new skincare product. also has great advice on how to choose your NCEA subjects to support future pathways and success in employment. You can also get in touch with your Deans and the careers team to talk with them at any time about how you might like to shape your future.