ASA Skills Gap Index

The ASA Skills Gap Index, updated quarterly, tracks the number of hardest-to-fill occupations in the U.S.

The index has identified 158* occupations as hard to fill for the second quarter of 2016, with the 10 most difficult being

  1. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
  2. General internists
  3. Podiatrists
  4. Psychiatrists
  5. Physician assistants
  6. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers
  7. Obstetricians and gynecologists
  8. Surgeons
  9. Occupational therapists
  10. Nurse practitioners

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What's included?

The report details both nationwide and regional data and includes staffing industry sector breakouts:

  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Office–Clerical and Administrative
  • Professional−Managerial
  • Engineering, Information Technology, and Scientific


  • Hiring Indicator scores of 50 or less (scale of 1-100, below 50 equals hard to fill)
  • Demand of more than 2,000 jobs

* In September 2016, CareerBuilder implemented new guidelines for its supply and demand data methodology and salary data inputs, significantly changing hiring indicator scores and the number of hard to fill occupations.

Career-Builder-LogoThe ASA Skills Gap Index draws on 90+ data sources and utilizes CareerBuilder’s Supply & Demand Portal Hiring Indicator (HI) scores.