ASA Skills Gap Index

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

The index has identified the hardest-to-fill occupations in the U.S. for the fourth quarter of 2017. The two hardest-to-fill jobs in each staffing industry sector are

Engineering, information technology, and scientific

  • Computer and information research scientists
  • Information security analysts

Health care

  • Psychiatrists
  • Internists, general


  • Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
  • Food service managers

Office–clerical and administrative

  • First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
  • Repair shop or parts store salespeople


  • Tax preparers
  • Sales engineers

What's included?

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

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


  • 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.