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Truck Drivers and Retail Salespersons the Most Sought-After Employees According to HWOL (Help Wanted Online) Data

March 15, 2019

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Truck Drivers and Retail Salespersons the Most Sought-After Employees According to HWOL (Help Wanted Online) Data
Thirty-Five Percent of Job Ads in the $50-79K Range

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 retail salespersons, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, and registered nurses, with 5,802 ads placed for those occupations in January. Overall ads were up over the year by 1.3%.
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.
Thirty-five percent of job ads have salaries in the $50-79,000 range, while another 25% have salaries in the $30-49,000 range. 58% of ads require an associate’s degree or higher, while 42% require a GED or high school diploma.
The top soft skills employers are looking for include: oral and written communication, integrity, teamwork, and high energy. Top hard skills include: freight experience, Microsoft Office skills, and tractor-trailer experience.
“A whopping 87% of online job ads have wage ranges above $30,000. More than half of the jobs advertised pay more than $50,000,” said Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor. “These are good paying jobs that will benefit Alabamians.”
“We’re also seeing the importance of soft skills to employers,” continued Washington. “The ability to communicate, work well with others, and self-start can go a long way in helping someone find and keep a job.”
The top three employers posting ads in January were: UAB Medicine (751), CVS Health (645), and McDonald’s (639).
Retail salespersons earn a mean wage of $13.55 per hour, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers earn a mean wage of $19.99 per hour, and registered nurses earn a mean wage of $28.43 per hour.

January 2019 Online Ads
January 2018 Change (Percent) Average Hourly Wage
Retail Salespersons 2,314 2,071 11.7% $13.55
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1,805 1,535 17.6% $19.99
Registered Nurses 1,683 2,790 -39.7% $28.43
Customer Service Representatives 997 1,086 -8.2% $16.40
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 855 625 36.8% $9.16
Cashiers 763 994 -23.2% $9.78
Software Developers, Applications 680 545 24.8% $45.36
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 632 629 0.5% $14.86
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 627 604 3.8% $18.64
Stock Clerks, Sales Floor 618 692 -10.7% $12.61

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 December 2018. 'NA' indicates data that is not publishable or occupation does not work the traditional 2,080 hours per year.

“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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