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Science of Hiring: Demand for Scientists Grows 15%

New York, NY (PRWEB) February 06, 2013

During January, more than 68,000 job ads were available online for Scientists, according to WANTED Analytics™ (, the leading source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. As one of the STEM careers in the United States, there is high demand for science related professionals, yet there are often struggles with recruiting enough qualified talent due to competition and high barriers to entry. Despite a slowing in the last quarter of 2012, the number of science related job ads grew 15% in January compared to one year ago. In addition, hiring is up about 42% since the recession began four years ago.

Among the industries with the highest demand for scientists were pharmaceutical manufacturing, colleges and universities, conservation programs, life sciences research and development, and medical and surgical hospitals. In addition, the most commonly advertised science occupations are:

1. Research Analysts
2. Medical Scientists (except Epidemiologists)
3. Biological Technicians
4. Chemists
5. Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
6. Clinical Psychologists
7. Environmental Scientists
8. Geoscientists
9. Food Scientists and Technologists
10. Chemical Technicians

The five metropolitan areas with the highest volume of science job ads during January were New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington (DC). Not only were the most job ads seen in the New York metro area, but they also experienced the highest year-over-year growth of these locations. Hiring demand grew 25% in January compared to January 2012. Washington, DC was close behind with a 24% increase, and Los Angeles saw the third highest growth at 23%.

As one of the in-demand fields, often with a high barrier to entry, Scientist jobs are likely to be difficult-to-recruit. With more than 11,000 employers currently sourcing for various science professionals, there is heavy competition to attract qualified talent. According to the Hiring Scale™, the locations currently experiencing some of the most difficult conditions for recruiting this talent are Rochester (Minnesota) and Jefferson City (Missouri). In these areas, there is higher demand by employers in comparison to the available, local talent pool. This factor not only contributes to more difficult recruiting, but also increases the time-to-fill, with ads remaining online for an average of 6 weeks.

The Hiring Scale™ also shows that the current locations with the least difficult conditions for sourcing Scientists are Peoria (Illinois) and Wilmington (North Carolina.) While the US average Hiring Scale score is 60 (out of a possible 99, with 99 denoting the hardest-to-fill,) these cities score a 6. Recruiters in these 2 locations are likely to have more potential candidates to choose among and spend a shorter time sourcing candidates than the rest of the United States. Online job ads in these areas are posted for an average of 3.5 weeks.

The Hiring Scale measures conditions in local job markets by comparing hiring demand and labor supply. The Hiring Scale is part of the WANTED Analytics platform that offers business intelligence for the talent marketplace.

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The Hiring Scale is available at

About WANTED Analytics™

WANTED Analytics™ helps recruiting organizations make better decisions faster with real-time business intelligence on jobs, employers, and talent. Analytics brings together, for the first time, years of hiring demand and talent supply data to create a true talent intelligence platform for hard-to-fill positions.

Clients in the staffing, HR, RPO, media, and government sectors use WANTED Analytics™ to find sales leads, analyze employment trends, gather competitive intelligence, forecast economic conditions, and source hard-to-fill positions.

About WANTED Technologies Corporation

WANTED Technologies (TSX-V:WAN) provides real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Founded in 1999, the company’s headquarters are in Quebec City, Canada, and it maintains a US-based subsidiary with primary offices in New York City. WANTED began collecting detailed Hiring Demand data in June 2005, and currently maintains a database of more than 600 million unique job listings. For more information or to sample WANTED’s services, visit

WANTED is also the exclusive data provider for The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series®, the monthly economic indicator of Hiring Demand in the United States.

The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Any statement that appears prospective shall not be interpreted as such.


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