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Truck Drivers and Registered Nurses Continue to be the Most Sought-After Employees According to HWOL (Help Wanted Online) Data

September 27, 2018

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Truck Drivers and Registered Nurses Continue to be the Most Sought-After Employees According to HWOL (Help Wanted Online) Data
Over 15,000 New Ads Placed Online

MONTGOMERY - Data collected and analyzed by the Alabama Department of Labor’s Labor Market Information Division shows that the most online wanted ads were for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, registered nurses, and retail salespersons, with 6,232 ads placed for those occupations in August. Overall ads were over the year by 13.3%.
The Help Wanted Online (HWOL) data is compiled from all online job postings in the state, including those posted on the state’s free online jobs database,, and other sources; such as traditional job boards, corporate boards, and social media sites. There were 44,803 online ads this month, of those were 15,048 new ads.
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers earn a mean wage of $19.99 per hour, registered nurses earn a mean wage of $28.43 per hour, and retail salespersons earn a mean wage of $13.55 per hour.
August 2018 Online Ads
August 2017 Change (Percent) Average Hourly Wage
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 2,456 3,355 -26.8% $19.99
Registered Nurses 2,111 2,365 -10.7% $28.43
Retail Salespersons 1,665 1,183 40.7% $13.55
Industrial Engineers 793 535 48.2% $43.16
Customer Service Representatives 759 669 13.5% $16.40
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 687 642 7.0% $18.64
Software Developers, Applications 649 490 32.4% $45.36
Computer User Support Specialists 558 561 -0.5% $23.84
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 504 286 76.2% $9.16
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 500 434 15.2% $14.86

Source: Alabama Department of Labor, Labor Market Information Division in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The above wage data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current Employment Cost Index (ECI) factors reflecting wages as of July 2018. 'NA' indicates data that is not publishable or occupation does not work the traditional 2,080 hours per year.

“Maintenance and Repair Workers are in high demand across the state. With the growth of Manufacturing in Alabama continuing to rise, the demand for Maintenance and Repair Workers rise as well. This occupation demonstrates steady growth with a satisfactory outlook through 2024,” said Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor.
The top three employers posting ads in August were: UAB Medicine (680), Community Health Systems, Inc. (554), and Compass Group (463).
Thirty-four percent of all online ads are less than 30 days old, and 74% of all ads are less than 90 days old.
“We’d like to encourage anyone who needs a job, or wants a different job, to come into one of our Career Centers for assistance,” said Washington. “Our trained staff can assist you in obtaining the career you want.”
A listing of Career Centers can be found at

The Alabama Department of Labor / The Alabama Career Center System is a partner in Alabama Works, Alabama’s unified workforce system.


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Hutchison at (334) 242-8616.