CLEVELAND -- Unemployment in Ohio remains high.
So how is it that certain companies are having trouble filling jobs?
There are three growing industries in Northeast Ohio and we found out what you need to do to land that dream job.
The companies who make parts, make products, or make energy are also making jobs in Northeast Ohio. The manufacturing sector is booming, creating 8,000 jobs in Northeast Ohio in 2011 alone, according to research from Team NEO.
"And they're predicting 10, 12, 20 percent growth in the coming year and hoping that its actually more," says Maryanne Paccelli, with Magnet.
Manufacturing is fueling the production of 13 percent of all jobs in our region.
The U.S. average is 8.5 percent.
The healthcare industry is adding jobs throughout the country, but especially in Northeast Ohio. Between the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and the related field of in-home healthcare, there are more than 500 job openings posted in the month of November alone and nearly 2,000 positions currently available.
Several of those openings are for IT professionals working for the hospitals.
"It almost seems in some situations there are more job openings than there are people to fill them," says Terry Phillips, with Robert Half International, a recruiting firm focusing on the IT profession in Northeast Ohio.
The unemployment rate for IT professionals, such as computer programmers or database administrators, is under 2.5 percent nationwide, compared to the national unemployment rate at 9.1 percent.
A 6 percent increase is expected in IT jobs created in the final months of 2011 alone.
Why are there so many openings? In all three industries, experts say job candidates don't have the necessary training or credentials.
"The predominant demand is what I would consider to be the intermediate to senior level talent at the moment," says Phillips, who also says the industry is softening to people with less experience out of necessity.
When it comes to manufacturing, the equipment requires people to have a more technical knowledge about the equipment or to multitask within the factories.
"I think people need to be cross trained. We are seeing more in companies where people are working as members of a team so they are expected to do a number of jobs, not any one job," says Dr. Judith Crocker, with Magnet.
She finds most manufacturers are looking for workers with certain certifications.
One man she helped place in a job only needed to take one course at a local community college to land a welding job and a strong starting salary.
Here's a list of places offering training in these fields:
IT & Computer Programming online with Robert Half International
Computer training at Devore Technologies
New Horizons Computer Training
Cleveland State Nursing Program
Central School of Practical Nursing