College Professors Are in High Demand; Schools Are Adding Faculty

The recent economic recession has driven up the demand for academic degrees among professionals and under-graduate office workers. They are applying to get admitted into colleges and professional schools, most of whom have lost jobs due to the recession. They now want to take this opportunity to increase their marketability by getting a degree or professional certification. Naturally, the colleges are responding to that demand by hiring more teachers, educators, professors, trainers, etc.

According to Hiring Demand data sourced from WANTED Analytics™, in the “Postsecondary Teachers” occupation group there are currently 14,392 unique job vacancies posted on the paid-for, online job boards and job listing sources. That level of demand is 42% higher than  just two months ago. It is also the highest Hiring Demand level in the post-recession period and almost up to the same peak as recent pre-recession levels.

Hiring Demand for Post-Secondary Teachers - 4 Years
Source: WANTED Analytics

Colleges, Universities, Professional Schools, Junior Colleges, Technical & Trade Schools, etc., spread throughout the country are clamoring for teachers and educators, some even for their research labs. Significant institutions among them are ITT Technical Institute, DeVry University, Virginia Tech., Syracuse University, Cornell University, George Mason University, and Columbia University.

Virginia Tech has advertised a faculty position in the greater Washington, DC metro area, for an “Engineering Teacher for their Industrial and Systems Engineering department. The job description posted on the job-board is as follows:

Job Listing: Engineering Teacher
Source: WANTED Analytics

Virginia Tech is looking for a faculty member in their new industry manufacturing research center. Two major research centers that need to be developed according to the job ad, are Advanced Manufacturing and Aerospace Propulsion. “aerospace propulsion” is a key word that appears to be critical for this position, since Virginia Tech has received the research funding from Rolls-Royce who is a leading provider of power systems for the civil and defense aerospace sector.

WANTED Analytics Talent application, a new talent searching app from WANTED Technologies will be helpful in finding a potential candidate with a research background in “aerospace propulsion” from other major employing organizations in the Washington, DC metro area. A recruiter logs on to Talent to estimate the candidate availability in the greater Washington, DC area. As shown in the screen-shot below, there are 130,647,610 employed people in the U.S., according to Bureau of Labor Statistics OES (Occupational Employment Survey). In Washington, DC, there is workforce population of 2,869,380. Among them, according to BLS data, about 68,000 work in Engineering and Quality Assurance business functions.

Candidate Supply - Engineering/Aerospace
Source: WANTED Analytics

When the keyword, “aerospace propulsion” is used to estimate the candidate supply in the Washington, DC area, Analytics™ first estimates the total candidates in the US for “aerospace propulsion” using the job ad proportions matching the keyword “aerospace propulsion” among ALL job ads in WANTED’s database. Thereafter, Analytics derives a local talent pool number for the Washington, DC market. Similarly, the Engineering and Quality Assurance function was used to get the final local count for candidate supply in Washington, DC. The final number of potential candidates who might fit the criteria sought by Virginia Tech for its “Engineering Teacher” position is 13. It is a difficult-to-fill position; therefore, there are only 13 people in that market eligible to apply for Virginia Tech’s position.

Having a low supply of potential candidates, the recruiter could consider the compensation package on offer. The ad has mentioned a salary below $80,000, but with only 13 people available it may not be sufficient to attract the best talent. As well, it appears that the talent would take longer to source than typical time from a limited pool.

The recruiter proceeds to investigate further to find out which employers in the past have sought out similar candidates. With a map below, showing some employers as plotted pins, the Prior Hiring map produces a list of 6 employers.

Prior Hiring - Washington, DC - Engineering/Aerospace
Source: WANTED Analytics

Past Employers - Aerospace/Engineer - Washington, DC
Source: WANTED Analytics

There are no Current employers who have directly posted any job vacancies looking for Engineers in the “aerospace propulsion” skill area. However, employers like Orbital Sciences Corp., Air National Guard, Johns Hopkins University, Aurora Flight Sciences and the US Air Force have all seem to have hired similar candidates in the past. Johns Hopkins had two requirements for similar qualifications in the past, one for the University’s Applied Physics Department.  and one for the Applied Physics Lab. A recruiter for the Virginia Tech position would be well advised to check out the requirements posted in the prior ads by Johns Hopkins University.

Having clicked on the job ad in Talent, it takes the user to the detailed posting as follows. The  job title posted by Johns Hopkins was in fact “Aerospace Propulsion Engineer”. The posting is more than two years old, June 2008 which implies that the person could still be working there. Johns Hopkins was looking for a person with a broad understanding of rocket motor design, development, necessary analysis and production issues who was supposed to coordinate with systems engineers and other space scientists. It is almost the same type of candidate that Virginia Tech is looking for.

Prior Hiring - Position Details
Source: WANTED Analytics

The recruiter can attempt to locate a person with a name and number using LinkedIn Recruiter platform. With logon credentials to LinkedIn Recruiter, the recruiter uses Johns Hopkins as a company filter and aerospace propulsion as Keywords. A search result page turns up as follows, with all people working or worked with Johns Hopkins in the past.

LinkedIn Recruiter View
Source: LinkedIn Recruiter

The very first name that appears at the top of the search results page in LinkedIn Recruiter is a person who is a Propulsion Engineer at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory. He works in the Washington, DC area in the Defense & Space industry. In the past, he was a graduate research fellow at Hopkins which indicates that he has faculty experience. His profile includes propulsion and fluid mechanics, award-wining aerospace design systems, etc. This is an appropriate fit to the open position advertised by Virginia Tech. The recruiter now has the opportunity to approach this candidate and ask about his interest in working for Virginia Tech.