Of the employers now hiring full-time workers, 66 percent say recruiting for specific jobs remains challenging, particularly among highly skilled positions, according to a new poll from the Society for Human Resource Management.

This is up from 52 percent in 2011. Some of these highly skilled positions include scientists, engineers, technicians, programmers, nurses, doctors and medical specialists.

"Attracting highly skilled candidates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics presents a significant talent-management challenge for employers today," says Alexander Alonso, vice president for research at SHRM. "This is magnified by the ongoing recession during which companies shifted to technologies for efficiency and now require skilled professionals to support those technologies."

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