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Matt Ferguson, the CEO of CareerBuilder.com, the largest online job board, has a uniquely broad view of the labor market. And what he sees is that, despite high unemployment, there is a major labor SHORTAGE in some niche fields, including technology, engineering, and health care.
In his article in the Harvard Business Review, "How American Business Can Navigate the Skills Gap," Matt suggests several strategies for addressing what he views as a critical skills gap that, if not addressed by business and government, could cause "a long range structural problem."
One of those strategies is retraining. For example, if you are an IT professional and can't find work, consider retraining in one of the IT niches that are in demand right now. Cloud developers is one such area.
ComputerWorld lists 11 skills that are hot right now. They include:
- Programming and application development (Java, for instance)
- Project management
- Help desk / technical support
- Networking (& virtualization)
- Data center
- Web 2.0
- Business intelligence
- Collaboration architecture
- Business acument and communication