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While some companies are laying off workers, other businesses can't seem to hire enough. A recent survey showed that 39 percent of U.S. companies are experiencing a talent shortage.

"There are companies out there that are dying for talent to do this work," said Beth Herman, of Manpower. "And, this is not minimum wage work. Many of these jobs are paying $40 to $60 plus."

Herman says Georgia is in the midst of a talent shortage. Manpower Group recently released its Talent Shortage Survey, listing the top jobs that are the hardest to fill. Number one on the list for the third year in a row is skilled trades.

U.S. Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2013
1.    Skilled Trades
2.    Sales Representatives
3.    Drivers
4.    IT Staff
5.    Accounting & Finance Staff
6.    Engineers
7.    Technicians
8.    Management/Executives
9.    Mechanics
10.    Teachers

"Machine operators, machinist. Yes, some forklift... forklift is considered a skilled trade," Herman said.

Welders are also badly needed. Herman says maintenance mechanics are difficult to find – especially in Metro Atlanta.

Herman said, "When you look around Atlanta and you see these big warehouses, well, there's machines in there and it's important to keep those machines running."

Kim Armstrong is in training at Chattahoochee Technical College. She says she's hoping to fill the need for number three on the list: drivers.

"It's much better being in demand than out there searching for a job that's very scarce," Armstrong said.

According to the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, America will need 115,000 new truck drivers a year for the next few years; but only about 16,000 are being trained each year.

It's a similar story for jobs like sales representatives, IT staff, engineers and accountants -- a profession that also made the Manpower Group list.

Armstrong says that when she graduates she's looking forward to having her choice of employers. It's a position that puts her in the driver's seat.

"It's a lot of hard work," she said, "But, it's going to be worth it."

Many of the skilled trades don't require years of school, either. For example, the truck driving course at Chattahoochee Tech is seven weeks and only costs about $1,400 for Georgia residents.



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