East Texans can train locally for some of America's hardest jobs to fill

By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -  Ken Carter has been in an Information Technology position for 30 years.   He knows what it takes to fill the position, but these days it's not exactly easy to find someone.

"The tough part of it is trying to find people that not only have computer experience and have that application analyst experience and then you mix that with having to know an application or the business side of it," Carter said.

He's the director of IT at Memorial Medical Center and he said they have been looking to fill a few IT positions for a while.

"I think a lot of people really want to train especially in this economy.  You got a lot of people out there looking for a new profession," Carter said.

His occupation joins technician, truck driver, unskilled labor, and machine operator as five of the 10 hardest jobs to fill in America.

"To be able to pinpoint these and then get some kind of training and then they'll have the opportunity to fill those," WorkForce Solutions Business Services Specialist Sandra Hopson said.

She said people in East Texas can take advantage of resources in the area, like the Lufkin Truck Driving Academy, so they can train to become a hot commodity in the middle of a recession.

"That really is what one of the problems is, is finding people that are certified or licensed to do a particular job," Hopson said.

Oncor Electric Delivery said they are not experiencing a shortage for electric utility workers like some companies, but they do know there's a need out there.

"Probably it's going to be a demand for it just trying to find a skilled workforce.  We have an aging workforce, I guess across the U.S.," said Oncor Area Manager David Collier.

Some said they think there's a shortage because people are holding back.

"People might be afraid to try for a particular position because maybe they only have a little bit of it.  I would say, you know, go out and try it," Carter said.

In this struggling economy, to know there is a great need for workers in some fields means hope for a better future.

The Internet is a great resource for the job hunt and for training so you can be ready to occupy those much needed positions in the job market.