Know a teen that is selecting a career path? Read this article.

Do you have or know a child that is selecting a career path? An interesting article that appeared in Forbes magazine online might be of interest to you. The article reports some niche positions remain hard-to-fill, despite high unemployment rates. Engineer remains the hardest job to fill in America for the second year in a row.

Why are engineers so hard to find? “We have whole generations of people loving liberal arts, not going into science and math,” says Larry Jacobson, executive director of the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Other professions on the staffing firm Manpower’s list of the 10 hardest jobs to fill in the U.S.: information technology staffer, nurse, machinist and teacher.

It might seem unusual that any employer is struggling to fill positions, since the unemployment rate reached 8.9% in April, up from 5% a year before. But a Manpower survey found that employers are having a very hard time filling jobs for skilled workers in specific niches. “The overall unemployment rate is a killer,” says Jonas Prising, Manpower’s president for the Americas. “To see something better, you have to look at specific jobs.”

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