Why You Need a Hiring Platform for the 10 Most In-Demand Jobs

The pressure on HR professionals to produce talent now and get it right the first time around has never been so severe.  Job seekers continue holding enormous amounts of leverage in the hiring game, and that is driving the widespread adoption of powerful hiring platforms that are playing an increasingly pivotal role in helping organizations beat the competition in attracting and hiring the job market’s best and brightest.  

We’re going to look at ten jobs that are expected to see the highest levels of demand over the next year and a half, and we’ll conclude by demonstrating how the market’s best hiring platforms, specifically cloud-based applicant tracking systems (ATS), are expected to continuing playing a key role in helping organizations across the globe attract and hire this uniquely talented category of professionals.

Powerful Hiring Platforms are the Backbone of Modern Recruiting

As if talent acquisition professionals weren’t already reeling from two years of stress and anxiety, now they’re being asked to attract and hire employees in a job market where two job openings exist for every available worker.  We can clearly see why recruiters are searching for every competitive advantage they can to accelerate their hiring timelines and adopt technologies that can provide them with the means to do more with fewer resources. 

Perhaps the editors at Fast Company put the hiring dilemma in the most understandable terms when they published an article that said: “Companies that embrace workflow optimization and digital tools with open arms can be the most likely to overcome the challenges that a nationwide labor shortage brings forth…”

To successfully recruit the most in-demand candidates, recruiters need to have access to the market’s most powerful hiring platforms (ATS systems).  

These modern platforms are so much more than just job-posting platforms – they’re technical marvels with an array of tools and resources that recruiters need to achieve deeper levels of engagement with candidates and they’re also crucial for automating time-consuming processes that can shave precious days off lengthy hiring timelines; a distinct advantage when the best candidates are off the market in as little as 10 days.

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The writing is on the wall: organizations lacking a powerful hiring platform like an ATS system at the center of their recruitment strategies are setting themselves up to lose talent to the organizations that do.  

That’s especially likely to be the case when recruiting for the following ten professions:  

1. Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners are distinct from registered nurses, or RNs, in that they’re advanced kinds of medical practitioners.  In addition to having an RN licensure, nurse practitioners are required to earn a master’s degree in their field.  Both positions provide patient care, but the additional schooling undertaken by nurse practitioners allows them to professionally diagnose and treat diseases much like a doctor would.

Job growth for nurse practitioners is expected to grow by over 30% by 2026. That level of demand is largely attributable to the aging Baby Boomer generation - people are simply living longer. In America, for example, the number of citizens aged 85 or higher is expected to quadruple by 2040.

2. Substance Abuse Counselor

The people in our society are developing substance abuse disorders at an alarming rate.  Thought to have been sparked by the isolation brought on by the pandemic and perhaps further aggravated by a pre-existing opioid epidemic, new legislation is being initiated to provide widespread access to mental and behavioral health care to treat those afflicted by substance abuse.  That is having an immediate effect on the demand for mental health counselors that specialize in addiction and behavioral issues.

The employment of mental health and substance abuse professionals is expected to surge by over 20% by 2028.

3. Information Security Analyst

The Internet has become the world’s newest battlefield.  It’s a landscape that’s riddled with cyberattacks and that has organizations across the globe paying top dollar to protect their technical infrastructure from hackers and cybercriminals.  Information security analysts design and implement the measures that organizations need to take to protect their information from cyberattacks.  

The market has seen a mind-boggling 350% increase in global cybersecurity job demand between 2013 and 2021.  As the world continues to make the transition to a digital society, this trend is expected to fuel the demand for information security analysts setting the projected job growth rate at more than 30% by 2030.

4. Software Developer

Did you know that recruiting and retaining talented software professionals ranks as the second most common problem among organizations today? Cloud-based computing, smartphones, and artificial intelligence (AI) powered applications are driving the demand for talented software development professionals to absurd levels all over the world, sending the job market for software developers to a projected growth rate of over 20% by 2028.

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5. Restaurant Chef

Surprised?  The rising demand for experienced culinary talent is pumping up their salaries too!  For example, the compensation for chefs has increased as much as 75% in some places, and the New York Post even reported that one particular chef was awarded a $400,000 compensation deal.  The pending labor shortage is one factor putting this talent at a premium, as is the fact that society has rediscovered the joy of “eating out” after having to bear the burden of sheltering in place for so long.  

Further contributing to this demand is the fact that more than 70% of the world’s millennials go out to eat at least once per week.  All in all, professional chefs have a job growth rate of 25% to look forward to.

6. Operations Manager

“Operations” is considered the lifeblood of any organization, and the operations manager is the person in charge of getting done what needs to get done in order for an organization to grow.  While the economy may have sputtered a bit in the first half of 2022, there is no denying that all the expansion plans put in motion by so many companies last year will eventually push ahead and then there are the 5.4 million applications that were submitted to form new businesses in 2021 to consider — the most of any year on record.

Both are factors that are expected to drive job growth for operations managers at a rate twice the average of all businesses by 2026.  

7. Physician Assistant

Also known as PAs, physician assistants are licensed medical professionals who provide routine patient care.  Once hailed as the fastest growing profession in modern medicine, physician assistants can diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication to patients under the supervision of a medical doctor.  

The aging population mentioned earlier plays a central role in the growing demand for this profession as well.  An anticipated job growth rate of over 30% by 2030 communicates volumes in terms of what kind of competition recruiters can expect to come up against when trying to attract PAs in the years to come.

8. Elementary School Teachers

The issue driving the demand for elementary school teachers is quite simple: the number of teachers being produced isn’t adequate to satisfy the demand.  Another profound factor that’s fueling demand is the high volume of teachers that are expected to retire within the next decade.  

Both of these factors combined are expected to continue pushing the demand for elementary school teachers in the upward direction, with an anticipated job growth rate of over 7% by 2026.

9. Computer Systems Analysts (CSA)

As the world becomes more globally connected, these are the professionals that can delicately balance their understanding of business and their technical know-how to design and implement new technical infrastructure (hardware/software) for their clients.  In other words, CSAs design and build better computer systems for their clients after doing an analysis of their existing infrastructure and understanding what their future business goals are.  

The demand for computer systems analysts is expected to increase 7% from 2020 to 2030.

10. Animal Caretakers

Pet adoptions shot upward during the pandemic as society made their “shelter in place” environments more appealing by taking in a dog or cat.  For many, it was the first pet they ever owned.  As we transition to a post-pandemic society, many of us have gone back to work and resumed our travel plans.  

That has created a demand for people to look over our pets from time to time, and that demand is expected to continue to grow.  One online source puts the rate of pet sitting at $100 to $140 per night, and job opportunities in animal caretaking are expected to increase by over 10% in the next few years.

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If we look at the list above, we see that these professions often require education beyond the high school level and that means job candidates with a higher technical aptitude.  We mention that because it’s important to understand that candidates today judge an employer based on their online application experience.

To succeed in attracting the best talent for the positions described above, organizations need a powerful hiring platform that can facilitate a fluid and engaging application process that appeals to job candidates.  

With Manatal’s cloud-based ATS system, HR professionals have access to a hiring platform capable of automating the most time-consuming HR processes using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, and it gives recruiters the tools they need to engage candidates at an entirely new level.

Yes. Technology involves an investment.  But for those who would balk at the expense, it’s worth considering how costly it is today to hire the wrong person.  If you miss the mark trying to hire a professional that commands an annual salary of $50K, the overall cost of that mistake to your organization is over $150K total.  

Now is not the time to cut costs in your recruiting budget.

Manatal is offering a 14-day free trial of its ATS platform. Join now to find out how Manatal’s hiring platform can help your organization get ahead of the competition in hiring the market’s best talent.

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