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

October 23, 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 13,000 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 5,827 ads placed for those occupations in September. Overall ads were up over the year by 4.3%.
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 40,576 online ads this month, of those 13,467 were 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.
September 2018 Online Ads
September 2017 Change (Percent) Average Hourly Wage
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 2,246 3,221 -30.3% $19.99
Registered Nurses 1,937 2,200 -12.0% $28.43
Retail Salespersons 1,644 1,383 18.9% $13.55
Industrial Engineers 671 597 12.4% $43.16
Customer Service Representatives 668 647 3.2% $16.40
Software Developers, Applications 618 526 17.5% $45.36
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 610 579 5.4% $18.64
Computer User Support Specialists 543 599 -9.3% $23.84
Insurance Sales Agents 500 422 18.5% $39.35
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 473 466 1.5% $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 June 2018. 'NA' indicates data that is not publishable or occupation does not work the traditional 2,080 hours per year.

“Industrial engineers continue to rise in this monthly listing,” said Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor. “With average wages of more than $40 an hour, these are high-skill, high-wage jobs. A new addition this month is Insurance Sales Agents, who have a good outlook with average annual openings of 255.”
The top three employers posting ads in September were: UAB Medicine (741), Lowe’s (412), and Target Corporation (407).
Thirty-three percent of all online ads are less than 30 days old, and 70% 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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