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Jobs Still Available In High-Tech Industry!

Although jobs are disappearing by the thousands in today’s dwindling economy, many positions are still open for people with specialized skills.


Associated Press

Help wanted: pharmacists, engineers and nurses. Believe it or not, even some banks are hiring, at least for their technology teams.

While the recession has claimed 4.4 million jobs, the economy has created others, many of them for highly trained and specialized professionals. More than two million jobs openings now exist across a range of industries, according to government data.

Job seekers beware, though. An average of nearly five people are competing for each opening. That’s up sharply from a ratio of less than 2-to-1 in December 2007, when the recession was just starting and nearly four million openings existed.

Human resources executives say companies that are hiring are benefiting from a top-notch talent pool as applications pour in from a larger base of job seekers. The number of unemployed Americans has soared, to 12.5 million last month, from seven million when the recession began.

Broadly speaking, jobs are being added in education, healthcare and the government, the Labor Department said, with the government adding 9,000 new jobs last month alone.

But beyond those areas, jobs can be found in a variety of areas, although many of the openings are for highly trained or specialized professionals.

Some places that are hiring, such as companies that make nuclear power equipment, haven’t been hit that hard by the recession. Others, such as discount retailers, are actually benefiting from the downturn as shoppers turn thriftier.

Even some businesses at the center of the economic meltdown are managing to add a few employees. Banks involved in recent mergers, for example, are hiring information technology specialists to help integrate companies, said Tig Gilliam, chief executive of the Adecco Group North America, a human resources firm.

Some mortgage lending companies, notably those never involved in subprime or other exotic loans, are actually growing and hiring as larger competitors have folded.

”We’ve been busy,” said Terry Schmidt, chief financial officer of Guild Mortgage in California, whose company has doubled in size, from around 450 to close to 900 employees, in the past year and a half.

The new hires originate home loans and process them, among other duties.

”We’re finding that the talent pool — the level of talent and experience — is much better than we’ve ever had,” Schmidt said.

Mortgage servicing companies — those that collect payments for the lenders that originated them — are also hiring as lower mortgage rates fuel mortgage refinance applications.

Marina Walsh, associate vice president of industry analysis at the Mortgage Bankers Association, said servicers “are just scrambling for workers.”

The nuclear power industry, meanwhile, doesn’t seem to have noticed the economic downturn. It is adding thousands of jobs as it gears up to build as many as 26 new nuclear power plants in the next decade.

Corporations such as Pittsburgh-based Westinghouse Electric and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy are hiring engineers and adding other workers as they expand manufacturing facilities, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute, a trade group. (GE Hitachi is a partnership between General Electric and Tokyo-based Hitachi.)

Engineers of all kinds are in demand and are facing a rock-bottom jobless rate of about 3 percent, according to Gilliam.. That compares to a nationwide unemployment rate of 8.1 percent last month.

Gilliam’s human resources firm, Adecco, is trying to fill about 1,200 engineering jobs, he said. They include product engineers who test the next generation of computer equipment.

Original article found here published by The Miami Herald: