Use Alternative Talent Pools for Hard-to-Fill Positions

Chicago — April 11

Can’t find skilled workers for in-demand positions? Nearly half of employers (47 percent) reported that they usually or always hire candidates who have held the same job title as the position they’re hiring for.

A new study, however, from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists (EMSI) shows that pursuing alternative talent pools is another answer.

The EMSI compatibility index helps assess the similarity between occupations based on the knowledge, skills and abilities they require. The following are examples of hard-to-fill jobs and occupations with compatible skill sets, according to the index:

Electrical engineering technician — helps engineers design and test electrical and electronic equipment such as computers, medical devices, navigational and communications equipment.

Median salary: $56,950

Related occupations:
Audio and video equipment technician — $41,808
Camera and photographic equipment repairers — $37,065
Computer user support specialists — $49,046

Machinist — uses machine tools to make or modify primarily parts.

Median salary: $39,353

Related occupations:
Computer-controlled machine tool operators — $35,339
Automotive body and related repairers — $36,150
Heat treating equipment setter — $33,488

Medical assistant — performs administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of health practitioners.

Median salary: $29,473

Related occupations:
Pharmacy technician — $29,265
Phlebotomist — $31,158
Occupational therapy aide — $28,496

Web developer — designs and modifies websites.

Median salary: $74,859

Related occupations:
Database administrator — $75,795
Computer systems analyst — $78,249
Video game designer — $79,310

Business intelligence analyst — produces financial and market intelligence by querying data repositories and generating reports.

Median salary: $79,310

Related occupations:
Market research analyst and marketing specialist — $60,507
Clinical data manager — $73,964
Risk management specialist — $59,467

Technical writer — writes instruction manuals and other supporting documents to explain complex and technical information.

Median salary: $65,936

Related occupations:
Reporters and correspondents — $35,776
Paralegals and legal assistants — $47,860
Production, planning and expediting clerks — $43,409

Accountant — prepares and examines financial records.

Median salary: $62,483

Related occupations:
Budget analyst — $69,617
Tax examiner and collectors and revenue agents — $49,961
Credit analyst — $61,672

Source: CareerBuilder